Climbing on the cliffs of Thaurac

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Climbing on the cliffs of Thaurac: an extraordinary setting and passages for all levels.

The ascent of Thaurac: a day full of sensations to reach a unique point of view over the Hérault gorges!

At the gateway to the Cévennes and on the road to Mount Aigoual, the Thaurac cliffs welcome you to the commune of Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois. The sumptuous climbing sites have been shaped by the Hérault river, which cut its way through the mountain and created limestone gorges.

The Thaurac massif offers a variety and a large number of routes. It is particularly appreciated by climbers. Indeed, there are 600 routes spread over some thirty sectors. There is something for all levels and all desires! Perched above the Hérault, you will admire magnificent views as you progress up the face.

The quality of the rock, the increasing difficulty and the preserved setting seduce all climbing enthusiasts, beginners or advanced. With your family or friends, discover an adventurous activity and climb the cliffs of the Thaurac.

Our guides, specialists in the region, will accompany you for an unforgettable day in the Cévennes National Park. They will show you the most beautiful panoramas of the route and will give you precious advice to progress in climbing. You will be seduced by the friendly and relaxed atmosphere that reigns throughout the activity. Take beautiful souvenir photos of this day under the sign of adventure!

Practical information

  •  Level : Discovery
  •  Shuttle : 15 min from Ganges
  • Approach : 3 min 
  •  way back to cars : 2 min
  •  Duration : 2h30
  •  Distance : 20m
  •  Altitude change: 25m

The strengths of Climbing on the cliffs of Thaurac

  • All levels
  • Shaded at the bottom of the routes
  • Safe anchorage
  • Numerous sites

Description of Climbing on the cliffs of Thaurac

Climbing on the cliffs of Thaurac in the Cévennes is a course accessible to all. Children and beginners are welcome! This discovery activity will allow you to gently initiate yourself to climbing and thus acquire a first experience. Moreover, the quality of the rocks offers the possibility to evolve easily and to practice in all tranquillity.

Let yourself be guided by our professional instructors who are used to the area. You will appreciate the shade at the foot of the routes. The summer can be very hot in the south of France, and the majestic trees will bring a touch of coolness. The panoramic view promises the ultimate change of scenery. Immerse yourself in an idyllic setting. Listen to the birdsong and watch the lush nature mixed with the clarity of the river.

The Bureau des Moniteurs offers preferential rates for groups of 6 people already formed. Create a small team of climbers and benefit from a special price.

Have you already climbed? This itinerary will give you the opportunity to improve your skills. With the help of our guides, you can learn new techniques and progress.
Beginners can progress at their own pace and take the time to learn the basics of this adventure sport.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes wide open for the magical environment around you and the beauty of the cliffs.


Schedule of the day

The meeting point between the participants and the guide is at the car park of the Demoiselles cave. Several times are available according to your preferences: 9 am or 2 pm. During the hot summer months, we also offer an evening climbing activity where you can watch the sunset from the heights of Thaurac.

We will prepare backpacks and technical equipment, provided by the Bureau des Moniteurs: helmets, climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes, double lanyards, descenders, carabiners and safety straps.

We will start with a 5 to 10 minute uphill walk depending on the sector chosen. We will then set off for 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity: you will be able to climb the cliffs of the Thaurac massif without any particular difficulty.

A return walk of about 5 minutes downhill will be necessary to reach the vehicles.

What to wear for a climbing trip? Wear sports clothes, a backpack with water and a snack, especially if you organise this activity with children. A snack is often appreciated!

Go on an adventure in the Thaurac massif and try your hand at climbing. This exciting sport combines physical effort, skill and light technicality. The participants remain amazed by the grandeur of the landscape and proud of the height they have managed to climb.

Don’t hesitate to leave us a review and share your best photos of this climbing experience!


  • Individual: 35 €
  • Groups: 30 €
  • Schools: 27 €
  •  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 Montpellier
At St Bauzille of Polecat, leave the road and take direction of “Grotte des Demoiselles”.
The road climbs 2.5 km and reached the parking of “Grotte des Demoiselles”.
The appointment is set on the parking at the panel of “Conseil Général”.

From Montpellier (50 minutes), follow Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Saint-Martin-de-Londres, then Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois.

From Anduze (40 minutes), pass Durfort, Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, take the direction of Ganges, then left Montoulieu and enter Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois.


What to do around

The Thaurac massif and its surroundings provide you with beautiful escapes in the heart of the Cévennes. Combine your climbing trip with another outdoor activity, a beautiful hike to the Pic Saint-Loup or a via ferrata over the waters of the Vidourle.

The central location of Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois will allow you to travel around the region easily and visit the typical villages of the Cevennes.

Make a stop in Sumène, walk through its narrow streets and observe the stone bridges. They testify to the mark of the past. Its vast network of footpaths will allow you to discover preserved landscapes where green nature and crystalline rivers intermingle. Oriented towards green tourism, Sumène has developed its agricultural production and traditional craft activities. Taste the excellent local products.

Continue your journey to Saint-Martin-de-Londres which reflects the colours of the garrigue. Walk through this village with its Languedoc look, ramparts, steep streets, stone arches, and central square. Take a break on a sunny terrace and enjoy the sweetness of the Occitan lifestyle.

Less than an hour’s drive south, continue to Montpellier, a dynamic city in the Hérault. You will love the intimate atmosphere of the small pedestrian streets in the city centre, the cultural activities, and the lively nightlife. Life in Montpellier is well worth living!

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