Sports caving: cave of Genevaux

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The Genevaux cave, an exceptional cavity!

A caving crossing of spacious and imposing rooms, ideal for learning rope techniques.

Located in the heart of the Cévennes, the Genevaux cave takes you into an enchanting underground world. You will be transported into a highly concretioned cavity.
What does this mean? Concretions are mineral deposits that can take various forms. The best known are stalactites (which descend from the ceiling to the floor) and stalagmites (which rise from the floor to the ceiling).

You will witness a unique and captivating spectacle. This route is particularly suitable for people who want to learn the rope techniques specific to caving. This cave does not have any narrownesses, crawling, or muddy sections that are difficult and complicated. You will not encounter any difficulties, but it is a rather sporty route. Indeed, participants must be in good physical condition.

You will be supervised by our instructors from the Hérault valley, who are state-qualified and experts of the region. They know all the secrets hidden in this cave. They will explain to you how to practice caving thanks to the ropes and will accompany you in your progression.

The Genevaux cave is accessible all year round; book during the season that suits you!
Put on your explorer’s outfit and let yourself be guided into the bowels of the Earth to discover the riches of the underground world.

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 30 min from Ganges, 30 min from Montpellier, 50 min from Anduze
  • Approach : 10 min
  •  way back to cars : 10 min
  •  Duration : 3h
  •  Distance : 700m
  •  Altitude change: -20m

The strengths of Sports caving: cave of Genevaux

  • exceptional cavity for its concretions
  • pretty sporty outing
  • practice of rope techniques specific to caving
  • spacious and imposing rooms

Description of Sports caving in the cave of Genevaux

The advantages of caving in the Genevaux cave are numerous. This cave is exceptional for its concretions; you will always have a detail to observe.

The route is suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced and offers a sporting aspect. This alternative allows you to carry out an exploratory activity while having a dynamic dimension; it is an adventure sport that mobilizes your whole body. The practice of the rope techniques of caving offers the opportunity to master the basics of this outdoor activity.

Specialists and enthusiasts, our guides will always be at your side to help you, advise you and help you progress. Used to caving in this cave for years, they will be able to reassure you and guide you in all circumstances. You will appreciate their good humour and their availability.

What is special about Genevaux cave? In addition to the typical concretions of this site, the width of the rooms guarantees an impressive discovery. This half-day caving trip promises to be a captivating experience in a sensational world.

With your family or friends, play the adventurer and explore an unknown world! The beauty of the area and the underground atmosphere are the ingredients for an exciting trip. You won’t have time to get bored!

Programme

Schedule of the day

The meeting with the instructor is at 9:00 am or 2:00 pm, depending on your preference, and takes about 3 hours.

A 10 minute walk will be required to reach the starting point of the course. You will start with a rope abseil to descend the large open shaft, characteristic of the entrance to the cave. The cave is in fact an abyss, most often formed by a collapse of the vault of a cavity.
You will then explore the cave and its successive rooms; keep your eyes open and pay attention! You’ll make a half-turn and retrace your steps to leave; you’ll exit the cave using a caving ladder.

The guide will provide all the technical equipment: helmets, headlamps, harnesses, wetsuits, ropes, double lanyards and descenders. You will need to wear shoes and sportswear that you are comfortable and safe in.

Once out of the cave, you will again undertake a 10 minute walk to the vehicles.

This sporty activity will allow you to combine exploration and abseiling, without complicated passages. Opt for a serene caving trip and enjoy the friendly atmosphere!

Prices

  • Individual: 45 €
  • Groups: 40 €
  • Schools: 35 €
  •  Included:
    • Qualified instructor
    • Technical equipement : helmet, headlamp, harness, ropes, double lanyard, slings, carabiners, descenders, suits, waterproof bag and box
    • Instructor’s liability insurance
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport clothes
    • Sport shoes
    • Backpack
    • Meal
    • Transport
Map

Driving directions

Access from Montpellier
From Montpellier, take the direction of Ganges on the D986. 15 min after passing Les Matelles, you will arrive at a roundabout. You will park on the right just after the third exit (direction Viols-le-fort, D113) of this roundabout. Allow 15/20 minutes from Montpellier.

Access from Ganges
From Ganges, go south through Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, Saint-Martin-de-Londres, then park on the right of the roundabout indicating Viols-en-Laval on the right and Cazevieille on the left.

Access from Cap d’Agde – Gignac – Bézier
From Cap d’Agde, take the A75, then the A750 and exit at Gignac. Take the direction of St Martin de Londres on the D32. Pass Aniane, Puechabon, then Viols le Fort. At the end of Viols le Fort, take the D113 on the right. After passing Viols en Laval you will come to a roundabout. Park on the left just before it.

 

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What to do around

Saint-Martin-de-Londres is a typical village of the Cévennes. Located in the heart of the garrigue, it offers a varied tourism: cultural interest, beautiful natural landscapes, sporting activities and excellent local gastronomy. This medieval town has a rich historical past that is still present today. Within its walls, stroll through the old village and its narrow streets lined with small houses, admire its stone arcades and then take a break in the square around the fountain. In the shade of the hundred-year-old plane trees, have a coffee or enjoy a meal prepared with local products; you will appreciate the sweetness of life and the warm welcome of the inhabitants.

Heading west, stop off at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You will be charmed by the Romanesque facades and the majestic Gellone Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Only 30 kilometres to the south, you can reach Montpellier, the active metropolis of the Hérault. This lively student city will seduce you with its dynamism and variety of activities. In Montpellier you can find delicious restaurants, many lively bars and interesting cultural visits. Another piece of good news is that you’ll be close to the beach. Take advantage of the beautiful seaside resorts on the Mediterranean coast such as Palavas-les-Flots, le Grau-du-Roi or la Grande-Motte.