In the footsteps of muleteers
This flexible itinerary offers you the possibility to hike for 4, 5, 6 days or more.
You will enjoy hiking 8 to 15 km per day, stopping every evening at a “table d'hôte” offering with very local products
Once your booking done, you will only have to take care of yourself.
For 4, 5 or 6 days, we suggest you to follow one of the four mule tracks in Ardèche, the “Ruoms - Pradelles road”, renovated by the association "Couleur Rando".
From Chauzon, you leave for a hike of 8 to 12 km. You will first follow the river Ardèche on a shady path. At the time of picnic, you will have the opportunity to take a bath break very appreciable during the hot season. You will then continue your journey in the shade of the white oaks to a place called “Le Viel Audon”. On site you can stroll in the vegetable garden, go to meet the animals of the farm or enjoy a last swim.
On day 2, you will walk 12 km, getting closer to the Cevennes and discovering a different vegetation, argelas, boxwood, cades ... This vegetation is unique to the plateau des Gras, a very arid limestone plateau. Enjoy the view on the mountain Tanargue before reaching the village of Uzer. You will continue your journey through the vineyards to Largentière, before reaching the Mas des Faïsses for a well-deserved break.
The third day is a nice and short one, 8 kms walk!. From the Mas des Faïsses, you will walk up to the pass of “la Croix de Roure” trough chestnut trees and then down through gardens to reach the village of Joannas. Walking further through the forest, you will reach the “Gite de Jal”, at the foot of the small mountain called “Cham du Cros”.
Day 4: Different options are available.
You can choose to walk around the Gite du Jal and visit Nelly’s garden, a small ecological unspoilt site where welcome and conviviality are cultivated like the natural garden. This option allows you to not pack and hike light for a day.
You continue your journey to Sanilhac through the Tower of Brison located at 781 m above sea level from where you will enjoy an exceptional panoramic view (the tower is currently used as a lookout for monitoring forest fires). In Sanilhac, you will have the opportunity to sleep at Suzanne’s yurt or get picked-up by a truck.
During the last day, from Sanilhac, you will hike to the village of Largentière, old mining town. You will follow the old railway, closed in the 1980s when the mines closed, until Uzer. You will then climb on the “plateau des Gras de Chauzon” before walking down, back to the river and come and meet us at Carab'âne.
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This hike is for experienced hikers.
You will walk 8 to 15 km per day.
To organize your hike, contact us. We will study together the best itinerary adapted to your request. The itinerary of this hike is flexible.
In the steep and mountainous regions of Southern Europe, mules transported goods until the 19th century. Inspired by the stories of Albin Mazon, in "Muletiers Vivarais and Velay", four roads have been identified and renovated for you to discover, through a hike, trade between the mountain and the valley.
The mules, at that time, were the means of transport and made it possible to carry goods from the Vivarais to the Velay. The muleteers transported at that time the wine from Ardèche valley to the mountain (it was said in addition that it improved it) and brought back down grains, lens in particular.