Explore the unspoiled Cevennes landscapes in Southern France! Follow the beaten path, allowing you to explore secret routes just off the famous Stevenson Trail while leaning about the region’s history and legends.
July 2022, Please note: forest fire information in the Gard. The Gard part of the walking route (from Col Saint Pierre to Alès) is passable but is now in the orange zone. A great caution remains necessary and we invite you to be vigilant and strictly respect the instructions of the Prefecture (appropriate authorities).
Day 1: Arrival at Chasseradès
Our hiking tour begins at Chasseradès at the hotel or at train station. Dinner & Overnight
Day 2: Mount Goulet
Today's hike will take you to the railroad viaduc of Mirandol and up Mount Goulet, passing the source of the Lot river and finally arriving at your accommodation where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Lozère.
Duration: 5hrs30min – elevation gain: 750m/1,800ft – elevation loss: 550m/1,640ft
Day 3: Mount Lozère
This beautiful stage leads across the mountain crest of Mount Lozère, the Col Finiels and the high valley of the Tarn river before descending towards the country inn at Merlet where you will spend the following two nights.
Duration: 5hrs30min – elevation gain: 400m/2,620ft – elevation loss: 700m/2,300ft
Day 4: Tarn river source
Hike across the granite plateau of Mount Lozère and to the source of the Tarn river following the Cevennes nature reserve's hiking trail and passing fortified granite farms along the way.
Duration: 5hrs – elevation gain: 450m/1,480ft – elevation loss: 450m/1,480ft
Day 5: Le Pont de Montvert
Today's hike will take you along the Tarn valley, through the picturesque village of Pont de Montvert, across the Tarn river, up Mount Bougès and finally down to your inn in Saint Julien d’Arpaon in the Mimente valley.
Duration: 5hrs 30min – elevation gain: 600m/1,970ft – elevation loss: 500m/1,640ft
Day 6: Vallée des Gardons
Following an ancient railroad trail through the Mimente valley, make your way toward the Relais Stevenson. Having conquered the Montfort Plateau and Mount Mars, enjoy an amazing view of the Gardons valley before heading back towards your inn across chestnut-lined mountain crests.
Duration: 5hrs 30min – elevation gain: 300m/1,310ft – elevation loss: 400m/1,310ft
Day 7: Vallée française – St Jean du Gard
An ancient mule trail will take you through the Gardon valley, passing beautiful country houses and the village of Saint-Etienne-Vallée-Française. Take a dip in the river before heading on toward Saint-Jean-du-Gard, a typical Provençal village full of boule players, small cafés, plane trees and a museum of local history, where you will spend the night.
Duration: 5hrs 30min – elevation gain: 400m/1,310ft– elevation loss: 600m/1,970ft
Day 8: Departure
Our hiking tour ends after breakfast. If you are travelling by train, a shuttle service will take you to Alès train station or by bus during the summer.
Indicated pricing for one person in double room occupancy.
Avaibility on request-
7 nights incl. half board, luggage transfer, detailed route description and our mobile GPS-app (the app serves as a travel companion), shuttle service to Alès train station.
bookings from 2 persons
Not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
7 nights in comfortable 2-star hotels, B&Bs, country inns. All accommodations are located in small villages and run by local owners.
Meals: Traditional regional cuisine for dinner. Please note that only one piece of luggage per person is allowed, maximum 15kg. Any surcharge may be invoiced by the carrier.
Average daily hikes: 5hrs 30min-6hrs 30min with elevation differences ranging between 300 and 800m (1,000-2,600ft). Participants should be in good physical condition, prepared to walk for several hours without major breaks.
Terrain: Hiking trails with uneven, rocky and steep stretches.
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Chasseradès via Nîmes.
Closest airport: Montpellier. Train connection to Chasseradès via Nîmes.
If you're travelling by plane, please consider offsetting your carbon emissions, for example through the atmosfair programme.