4 days hiking in Auvergne

Self guided hike 4 days / 3 nights
Hike in the heart of the Regional Nature Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne and take the time to share real authentic moments. With family or friends, meet this fabulous territory by transporting only your personal belongings. Equipped with maps and a good road book, you will evolve smoothly. Your walking days will be both easy and fun. In harmony with this preserved nature, you will draw all the energy and benefits of this land of contrast.

  • Hiking with the family in Auvergne with Aluna Voyages
    Hiking in Auvergne
  • Hike in Auvergne with Aluna Voyages
  • Hiking Puy de Dôme with Aluna Voyages
  • Hiking in Auvergne with Aluna Voyages
    Chaîne des Puys
  • Easy hiking in Auvergne with Aluna Voyages
  • Chaîne des Puys with Aluna Voyages

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Pessade - Orcival

    3:30 walking - Hôtel / 8 km / +100 m / -400 m

    In the early afternoon, meet the driver who will transport your luggage and leave your vehicle in Pessade, where you start your hike. For Information, Clermont-Ferrand / Pessade = 30km. Hike to join the lake Servières, nice little crater lake a few thousand years old, followed by a gentle descent with beautiful landscapes to
    Village of Orcival.
    Dinner and overnight at the hotel

  • Day 2: Orcival - Montlosier

    3 to 4 hours walking - Lodge / 12 km / +450 m / - 510 m

    In the morning, the Chaine des 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.

  • Day 3: Montlosier - Puy de la Vache - Montlosier

    3:30 to 4:30 walking - Lodge / 11 km /+300 m / - 300 m

    Today, you are evolving on the most emblematic volcanoes of the Chaine des 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, go for the ascent of Puy de la Vache and may be of its twin, the Puy de Lassolas.
    Dinner and overnight stay at the lodging of Montlosier.

  • Day 4: Montlosier - Pessade

    3 to 4 hours walking /13 km /+ 550 m / - 150 m

    Before leaving, remember to leave your luggage in the saddlery, so you can pick them up later with your car at the end of your hike.
    Between hay meadows and pastures, your last day of hiking will make you go up to the hamlet of Pessade, passing by the Narse of Espinasse, a real jewel and relic of the ice age.

Disclaimer

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.

Level

Walking or Activity Time

The days offer 4 to 5 hours of activity per day ; They are interspersed with breaks.

Consecutive Days of Activities

4 days of activities suitable for families with children.

Elevation / Elevation / Terrain

Low elevation on easy terrain.

Luggage Transportation

You will only have to carry your small backpacks with personal belongings of the day as well as your lunch box.
Your travel bags (or bags) will be transported by taxi on Day 1 and Day 2. The Day 3, you will stay in the same accommodation as the day before.
Day 4, you will come back to the cottage at the end of your hike (10 mn driving from the village of Pessade where you end up the hike) and get back your luggage yourself.

Weather Conditions 

Climate of mountain pleasant in the inter seasons and hot in summer. Evenings can be cool.

Experience Required

No specific experience.Walk regularly and have the pleasure of effort.
Easy journey and accessible to anyone in good health. 


Dates & prices

From May to October

For families or groups of friends, from 2 people. 

  • Adult price (or age 16) :                         345 €
  • Teenager price (12 to 15 years) :      295 €
  • Price for children under 12 years : 215 €

Our price includes

Transport

Transport of travel bags (or suitcases) by taxi Day 1 and Day 2.
1 piece of luggage per person up to 12 kg. Any excess luggage may be refused or surcharged by the taxi driver on the spot.

Equipment 

Maps and road book for logistical information but also for naturalist and cultural informations.

Accommodation

Hotel and cottage in small dormitory.

Meal

Full board from dinner on D1 to lunch on D4.

Our price does not include

Meal

Drinks and personal extras. Meals not mentioned above.

Transportation

Transportation to the starting point of your journey in Pessade.
The transfer of your luggage on Day 4. Before leaving the cottage in the morning, remember to leave your luggage in the saddlery, so you can pick them up later with your car at the end of your hike.

Various

Paying entries in the parks, sites and museums not included in the program.
Insurance Cancellation, Luggage, Interruption and Repatriation : 3.65% of the price of your trip.
Compulsory registration fee : 15 € per file

Practical info

Your meeting

In order to limit your CO2 emissions, we encourage you to use public transport (train or buses).
From Clermont train or bus station to Pessade, about  60 /taxi ride on weekdays and about 90  /taxi ride on Sundays and public holidays. 
For information, transport to / from Clermont-Fd- Pessade (60 km A / R). By road : 30 km (40 mn) from Clermont-Ferrand. Take the N89 in the direction of Mont Dore, then at the Ventouse pass, turn left (dir Besse) then 500 m further on the right on the D5. At Zanière, turn right until Pessade.

Accommodation 

1 Night in a hotel ** and 2 nights in a gite d'étape (lodge).
If you arrive the day before, you can spend the night in Finnish kota or caravan at Pessade. There are 2 restaurants in the village, but it is also possible to order the meal from a caterer to eat on site. 

Food

You will have breakfast at the Hotel and the lodging.
You will carry your lunch box. Evening meals are served in the hotel's restaurant and at the lodge.

Recommended equipment

A small backpack containing 

• a hat or cap
• a pair of sunglasses
• a rain cape or a K-Way windbreaker or better a Gore-Tex jacket.
• Tupperware with cutlery for picnics and a water container
• Plastic bags to wrap your stuff if raining
• a camera / pair of binoculars

For your evening luggage

1 piece of luggage per person up to 12 kg. Any excess luggage may be refused or surcharged by the taxi driver on the spot.
• a cotton or silk sheet for 2 nights at the cottage (blankets are provided)
• canvas or jogging pants
• a pair of tennis or other for the evening
• a polar fur
• spare clothing and underwear
• swimsuit
• toilet bag with a bath towel

Shoes

• a pair of lightweight walking shoes, preferably already used, or, for sensitive feet, a good pair of reinforced tennis shoes
• socks