The Cantal volcano trail

GR400 - hike around the largest volcano in Europe

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  • Distance : 140 km
  • Average duration : 6-8 days
  • Gradient : between 750 and 1855m altitude

Practical information 

Guidebook: Volcan du Cantal

Accomodation: The Conseil Départemental du Cantal provides you with a non-exhaustive list of accommodation available along the trail (updated 2018)

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Starting from Murat, the emblematic GR® 400 – 140 kilometres long and located in the middle of the mountains – winds its way up the slopes of Europe's largest volcano, the Cantalien massif, and can be explored in eight days or less.

Borrowing passes and ridges, green pastures and isolated circuses, the GR® 400 radiates around the spectacular volcanic pyramid of Puy Mary (1783 m) which can be approached from the Prat de Bouc pass, Albepierre-Bredons, Laveissière, the Lioran station, Le Claux, the Serre pass, Le Falgoux, Le Fau, Mandailles or Thiézac.

From Super-Lioran, the Cère Valley offers a beautiful view of the Puy Griou (1,690 m), an emblematic and central volcano of the Cantal Mountains massif. It enters Thiézac and then returns via the Cantal lead (1,855 m), the highest point in the area. The Falgoux glacier cirque and the Maronne valley lead the hiker from puy Violent to puy Mary.

The GR® 400 also allows one to climb the largest volcano in Europe (2,700 km2) through the Jordanne Valley circuit. From Mandailles, going up towards the puy Griou, we follow the ridges, to pass the famous Breche de Roland which leads to the famous puy Mary, then to the puy Chavaroche. Regenerated body and mind.

Source : Mon Gr

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The Murat Tourist Office invites you to immerse yourself in the heart of the Cantal's hiking trails thanks to a digital table! A very useful tool to get a glimpse of the path before starting your hike...

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Luggage transport

  • 15 kg en moins sur le dos

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Roadbook Le Puy-Conques

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Regular shuttles

  • Compostelle, Stevenson et St Guilhem

  • à partir de 10€/pers
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Conveying vehicles

  • votre véhicule vous attend à la fin de votre rando

  • minimum de 70km
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Transport de personnes

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