Climbing big wall in Saint Guilhem le Désert

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Multi-pitch climbing in the breathtaking scenery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

A timeless climbing route in a magnificent limestone landscape!

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a typical Languedoc village, situated at an altitude of 90 metres on the banks of the Hérault river. The vertical world and the rock are everywhere. This landscape offers faces up to 180 metres high.

This exceptional route is aimed at a sporting public, already practising climbing and adept at strong sensations. Indeed, several difficulties and technical passages punctuate the route. This unique adventure will transport you into a captivating atmosphere. Imagine yourself climbing a long route above Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, with a lush natural backdrop, magnificent cliffs and the Hérault gorges flowing below. Are you still dreaming? The guides of the Bureau des Moniteurs will take you to realise this dream.

This long route climbing offers you slabs, cracks, dihedrals, crossings, an unforgettable adventure in a preserved setting. You will fall under the spell of this site which attracts many climbers every year.

Our guides from the Hérault valley will accompany you to make you live an extraordinary experience. They are used to and passionate about the region and will show you the most beautiful corners and give you valuable tips to improve your skills.

Don’t wait any longer, dare to try a big route climbing activity in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and take some great photos!

Practical information

  •  Level : Exceptional
  •  Shuttle : 34km, 45 min from Ganges
  • Approach : 30 min
  •  way back to cars : 1:15
  •  Duration : 5h
  •  Distance : 180m
  •  Altitude change: +250m

The strengths of Climbing big wall in Saint Guilhem le Désert

  • Exceptional site
  • 200 meters of climbing
  • 1 guide for 2 or 3 people 
  • unique sensation

Description of Climbing big wall in Saint Guilhem le Désert

The beauty of the sites is probably the main asset of this climbing course. You will climb and admire remarkable views of the Hérault valley. Between massifs and rivers, the panorama is breathtaking.

The 200 metres of rock climbing will force you to surpass your limits. It is important to be trained and familiar with climbing techniques.

This high quality course offers one instructor for a maximum of 2 to 3 people. Our guides want to put all their professionalism and know-how at your service. Being available and listening is part of their values. The price is established according to the number of people. Good news, it is degressive according to the number of participants. Moreover, the individual rate is guaranteed from 2 people. Gather your small team of seasoned climbers and come and feel the thrill. You won’t soon forget your time on the great Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert route.

Lovers of wide open spaces will be able to recharge their batteries and reconnect with nature. Take the time to take a break from your hectic daily routine. Let our climbing experts guide you and enjoy a memorable day in the heart of the Cevennes.


Schedule of the day

Participants should go directly to the site where they will meet the guide. You will prepare together the equipment (helmets, climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes, double lanyards, descenders, carabiners and safety straps) provided by the Bureau des Moniteurs.

The activity will start with an approach walk of about 20 minutes that goes up above the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. Once at the foot of the route, you will start the ascent of the impressive Bissonne pillar by the Fraissinet route.

On the programme, 8 very aerial pitches, during which you will climb with the instructor in roped party over successive landings. In the middle of the route, a picnic break is planned on a comfortable ledge. This moment of rest will be an opportunity to regain strength and to exchange ideas. The final section is easier, but still aerial.
You will then arrive at the exit at the top of the pillar. Don’t miss this dazzling spectacle. Immortalise this magical moment!

Once you have completed the route, you will need to walk back to the vehicles for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remember to carry a backpack with your lunch and water. The sun can be particularly intense in the summer months.

Allow a total of 5 hours of activity. Be prepared to travel in an enchanting universe!


  • Individual: 150 €
  • Groups: 120 €
  • Schools: – €
  •  Included:
    • Qualified instructor
    • Technical equipement : helmet, harness, ropes, double lanyard, slings, carabiners, descenders, climbing shoes
    • Instructor’s liability insurance
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport clothes
    • Backpack
    • Meal
    • Transport

Driving directions

From Ganges, take direction of Cazilhac continue through the villages of Brissac and Causse de la Selle before joining Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert. (There are 33km to go). Allow 7 € to pay the parking on the day.

From Montpellier (50 minutes), take the motorway to Millau, then exit 58 and follow Le Pont du Diable / Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

From Anduze (1 hour 15 minutes), follow south Quissac, Corconne, Valflaunès, Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Puechabon and Le Pont du Diable / Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.


What to do around

Did you like the climbing tour in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert? Discover other activities and experience new adventures like a canyoning descent in the Vis gorges, a via ferrata on the Thaurac cliff, a hike in the Cirque de Navacelles or an adventure course at the Pic Saint-Loup.

Continue your stay with a visit to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a must-see in the region. This medieval city welcomes you in the heart of its ramparts full of history. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, it receives more than 300,000 visitors a year, curious to see the majestic Gellone Abbey. A true jewel of Romanesque art in the Languedoc, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses the relics of Saint-Guilhem. Admire the Saint-Laurent church, the prison tower, or the Château des Géants, still well-preserved witnesses of the village’s rich past. In Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, you can also enjoy hiking in the mountains, in the wine-growing plain of the Hérault or around the Pont du Diable.

Only 30 minutes to the south, stop off in Montpellier and enjoy the active and dynamic life of this city in the Hérault.

You can also easily reach the beaches of the Mediterranean coast and opt for a moment of relaxation on the warm sand of Palavas-les-Flots or Agde.

Between the sea and the mountains, the Cévennes will reveal colourful activities!

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