4 Days hiking on Auvergne Volcanoes - 3 nights in hotel

Self guided trip : 4 days / 3 nights
4 days of self guided hiking in Auvergne. In the evening, you will enjoy the comfort of overnight stays in hotels or guest rooms. At the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Auvergne Volcanoes, take the time to share authentic real moments with your family or friends. Go to meet this wild territory shaped by the youngest volcanoes in metropolitan France. Your days of walking will be both easy and fun and in harmony with this preserved nature. You will draw all the energy and the benefits of this land of contrast.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Pessade-Orcival

    Overnight in hotel or guest house / Hiking time : 3:30 / 8 km / Elevation : +100 m / - 400 m

    Before going on a hike, remember to leave your luggage at the first accommodation (hotel in Orcival, 10 minutes by car from Pessade).
    Beginning of the hike from the car park of the "Centre de pleine Nature de Pessade". For Information, Clermont-Ferrand / Pessade = 30km.
    Hike to Lake Servières, a pretty little crater lake a few thousand years old, followed by a gentle descent with beautiful scenery to reach the
    Orcival village.
    Dinner and overnight at the hotel or in bed and breakfast.

  • Day 2: Orcival - Laschamps

    Overnight in hotel or guest house / Hiking time : 5 hrs / 15.6 km / Elevation : + 450 m / - 330 m

    Bucolic day between pastures and small mountain hamlets. This stage will take you to the heart of the Chaîne des Puys to the village of Laschamps, passing by the Twin Puys of "La Vache" and "Lassolas", among the youngest cones of this slice of more than 80 volcanoes ....
    Night in a hotel room in Laschamps, under the benevolent gaze of the giant Domes.

  • Day 3: Laschamps - Aydat lake (or La Cassière lake)

    Overnight in hotel or guest house / Hiking time : 4 to 5 h / 9 to 12 km / Elevation : + 80 m / - 220 m

    Departure from your place to join by the "cheires" (lava flow) Aydat Lake,or La Cassière Lake.
    Possibility of swimming (in the protected bathing area).
    Night in a hotel room at Lake Aydat or Lake La Cassière.

  • Day 4: Aydat lake (or La Cassière lake) - Pessade

    Hiking time : 3:30 to 4:30 / 8 to 12 km / Elevation : + 300 m / - 150 m

    On your last day of hiking, you will go up to the village of Pessade, through the Narse d'Espinasse, a real little jewel and relic of the ice age.

Disclaimer

The journey can be changed for reasons of safety, weather or unforeseen circumstances. Events beyond our control may change the course: change of accommodation (if the chosen accommodation is full at time of booking), cut roads, rivers in flood, strikes, local festivals ... "Aluna Travel" will always make every effort to provide the best solution, even changing the course.

Level

Running time or activity

Days offer 4 to 6 hours per day

Consecutive days of activities

4 days  of activities, suitable for families with children.

Elevation / Altitude / Terrain

Little vertical drop on easy terrain

Carrying

All you have to do is carry your small backpacks with personal belongings of the day as well as your picnics. Your travel bags (or suitcases) will be transported by taxi Day 2 and Day 3. On the first day, you will have to drop off your luggage in Orcival before the first hike. On the last day you will have to pick up your luggage from the last hotel at the end of the last hike.

Climatic environment

Mountain climate pleasant to interseason and hot in summer. Evenings can be cool.

Engagement

Easy trip accessible to anyone in good health from 6 years.

Experience required

No specific experience, walk regularly and have the pleasure of the effort.


Dates & prices

All year round.
From 2 people. Possibility of leaving alone with a supplement.

Adult price (or from 16 years old) :   410 €
Teen price from 12 to 15 years old : 340 €
Child price under 12 years                  : 280 €

Supplement 1 person only on the tour : 100 €.

Our price includes

Meals

Full board from Day 1 dinner to Day 4 lunch.

Transportation

Your travel bags (or suitcases) will be transported by taxi Day 2 and Day 3. On the first day, you will have to drop off your luggage in Orcival before the first hike. On the last day you will have to pick up your luggage from the last hotel at the end of the last hike.

Equipment

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

Accommodation

Hotel or guest room

Notre prix ne comprend pas

Meals

Drinks and personal extras.
Meals not mentioned above.

Transportation

Travel to the meeting place.
Luggage transportation is not included on the first or last day.

Various

Entrance fees, to sites and museums are not included in the program. Insurance cancellation, luggage, interruption of stay and assistance-repatriation : 3.65% of the price of your trip. 
Compulsory registration fee : 15 € per file.


Practical info

Arrival

Public transportation : In order to limit your CO2 emissions, we encourage you to use public transport to get to Clermont-Fd train or bus station. 
From Clermont station to Pessade, about € 70 / taxi ride on weekdays and about € 100 / 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

3 nights in hotel ** or in bed and breakfast.
Your room will be available from 5 pm and must be vacated by 10 am.

If you arrive the day before, you can spend the night in Finnish kota or caravan in Pessade.
  • 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

Food

You will have breakfast at the hotel and at the lodge. The pack lunch will be transported by your donkey. 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
• toilet paper
• a small personal first aid kit (aspirin, plaster, elastoplast, ...)
• Tupperware with cutlery for picnics and a gourd
• Plastic bags to wrap business in bad weather
• a camera / pair of binoculars

For your evening luggage

For taxi transportation : only 1 bag/pers (max weight 15 kg/pers). 
• canvas or jogging pants
• a pair of tennis or other for the evening
• a polar fur• spare clothing and underwear
• swimsuit
• toilet kit 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