4 days with a donkey in Auvergne
Pessade - Orcival
3:30 walking - Hotel / 8 km/ + 100 m / - 396 m
Meeting around 10 o'clock in Pessade (follow the signs "rando- âne" in the village from the large parking lot, where you can leave your vehicle at the entrance of the village). For those who cannot begin the journey in the morning, contact us for an early afternoon arrival. It is in this small village that your donkey is waiting for you. Hike to reach Servières Lake, a lovely little crater lake a few thousand years old, followed by a gentle descent with beautiful landscapes to reach the village of Orcival.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
For groups less than 4 people, the donkey who will carry all your luggages (be careful, donkeys cannot carry more than 40 kilos, you will be limited in weight : 12 kg / pers).
For groups - 4 people or more - before your hike, remember to leave your luggages at Orcival hotel this first day because this transfert is not included in the price (wayback by car, 15 minutes). On Days 2, a taxi will carry your luggages. On Day 4, you will have to come back to the cottage at the end of your hike to get your luggage yourself because, on the last day, luggage transportation is not included in the price.
Possibility for this first day, to hire the services of a mountain tour leader who will help you for few hours to read the map (essential to follow a route). He will also explain how to deal with the donkey ... all this in order to make the best of your stay (More information further for these extra costs).
Orcival - Farm of the violets - Montlosier
4 to 5 hours walking - Lodge /13 km /+ 327 m / - 236 m
In the morning, the Chain of the Puys is showing itself. You will then continue your walk to the castle of Montlosier, home of Maison du Parc Naturel Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Possible visit of the exhibition on the Chaine des Puys.
Dinner and overnight stay at the lodging of Montlosier.
Montlosier - Puy de la Vache - Montlosier
4 to 5 hours walking - Lodge / 12,5 km /D+373 m / D- 379m
Today, your little donkey plans to rest in the meadow to allow you to evolve with greater freedom on the most emblematic volcanoes of the chain of Puys, this "encyclopedia of volcanism" as Haroun Tazieff liked to define it.
In the morning, at the reception of the house of the Park, think to take your musettes which will help you to discover in the form of pedagogical games, the nature and the environment of Puy de Vichatel (one of our most beautiful cones of slag). In the afternoon, your children will be happy to share with you the climb of the Puy de la Vache and may be of its twin, the Puy de Lassolas.
Dinner and night at the lodging of Montlosier.
Château de Montlosier - Pessade
4 to 5 hours walking /12.6 km / + 312m / - 113 m
Your last day of hiking with your friendly companion of travel, will make you go up to the farm of Pessade passing by the Narse of Espinasse, real small jewel and relic of the ice age.
The route can be modified for reasons of safety, meteorology or unforeseen events linked to events beyond our control: cut roads, local festivals ... "Aluna Voyages" and its team will always strive to provide the best solution.
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- Adult price (from 16) : 395 €
- Teenage price from 12 to 15 years : 350 €
- Child under 12 years : 280 €
For families or groups of friends, from 2 people.
Our price includes
Full board from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4.
Our price does not include
Transport and donkey (s)
Tour leader option
- Night in kota for adult : 20 €/night
- Night in kota for Child under 12 years : 15 €/night
- Evening meal + breakfast : 25 €/adult and 17 €/child under 12
- Dinner / Breakfast / Lunch box, delivered to kota : 38 €/adult and 25 €/child under 12
- Overnight Half board with dinner and breakfast : 45 €/adult and 32 €/child under 12 years
- Night in full board with 3 meals : 58 €/adult and 40 €/child under 12 years