The Auvergne Volcanos

Auvergne, France

Holiday overview




Self Guided


Moderate to Strenuous


Jan - Dec


£ 625 pp


6 nights

The very heart of the Auvergne is also the very heart of France – the Massif Central, an area of former volcanos, of valleys, of dome shaped hills, of lakes and hidden villages.

The very heart of the Auvergne is also the very heart of France – the Massif Central, an area of former volcanos, of valleys, of dome shaped hills, of lakes and hidden villages. This is one of the least known parts of the country, a wild region of magnificent panoramas, mountain flowers and hearty food. Although we provide you with everything you need, a certain amount of map-reading ability will be required – it is in the nature of the area. Nonetheless you will be provided with detailed route instructions, a compass and maps, as well as accommodation, all meals and luggage transfers.



£625 per person based on two people sharing low season- May and 14 Sept to end of October. £659 per person for the high season – June to mid September.

Single supplement (unavailable at Chareire which is gite accommodation) £115.

Night at Le Mont Dore at end of holiday (including dinner): £65 per person.



  • 6 nights accommodation on half board (breakfast, dinner) in convivial small country hotels (varying from 2* to simple but welcoming guest house) and one night in a gite with room holding up to 4 people, (although we try to reserve for 2 but no guarantee);
  • luggage transportation
  • Route instructions/maps
  • Compass


Not Included:

  • Drinks
  • Local tax (the ‘taxe de séjour’ a small charge that has to be paid on the spot)
  • Personal expenses
  • Getting to and from Mont Dore
  • Anything not mentioned in the programme.


Departure Dates:

Daily mid-May to October according to accommodation availability. Please provide us with second choice departure date if possible (eg preferred date 16th June, but 15th or 17th also possible)

Day 1: Arrival in Le Mont Dore

Arrival at your accommodation in Le Mont Dore for 2 nights.


Day 2: Le Mont Dore – Guéry Lake and Guery Oass – Puy Gros – Le Mont Dore

Guery Lake and Guery Pass with tremendous views over the Tuiliere and Sanadoire Crags, after which you reach Puy Gros, with another remarkable view over la Bourboule, Mont Dore, and the Puy de Sancy.14 kms. + – 600m. 4 to 5 hours walking.Dinner and overnight.


Day 3: Le Mont Dore – Chambon

A waterfall, the Durbise Plateau, Cuzeau Crag, Chaudefour Valley and Chambon Lake.19 kms. +750m. -900m. 6 hours walking approx.Dinner and overnight.


Day 4: Chambon – Besse en Chandesse.

The Dent du Marais, Murol Chateau, Courbanges, and the medieval town of Besse en Chandesse.13 kms. +400m. 4 to 5h30 walking.Dinner and overnight.


Day 5: Besse en Chandesse – Super Besse

Pavin Lake (which, according to legend, is bottomless…); then the Soucy Hollow with its cave, arising from the collapse of an immense lava flow; the Puy de Montchal at 1407m (panoramic views) and Super Besse, the Auvergne ski station alongside a lake.15 kms. +450m. 4 hours walking.Dinner and overnight.


Day 6: Super Besse – Chareire or Picherande

Chauvet Lake, which fills a wide exploded crater, and the hamlet of Chareire. Alternative route via the Barthe waterfall.20 to 22 kms. 6 hours walking approx. Negligible height changes. Alternative via Barthe: 14 kms, 4 hours walking, very slight height changes.Dinner and overnight


Day 7: Chareire/Picherande – Mont Dore

Domais Forest, the Valley of the Salty Fountain, le Puy de Sancy (1885m) and surrounding ridges. Return to Mont Dore via le Puy de Cliergue (1691m) and the Capucin (1468m) – a mountain walk notable for its fabulous views.18 kms. +900m -900m. 6 hours walking.End of tour.Overnight possible with supplementary payment of £55 pp to include dinner and breakfast.