Climbing big wall at Thaurac

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Multi-pitch climbing at Thaurac, an astonishing adventure overlooking the Hérault gorges!

Climbing routes for all levels on the Thaurac massif

Located in the commune of Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, the Thaurac massif rises to an altitude of 487 metres and has a triangular shape of about 5 km². Covered with typical scrubland vegetation, its vertical walls rise above the vineyards. In the middle of the rocks, the Hérault river winds its way through and gives birth to magnificent gorges. This limestone island surrounded by cliffs is a veritable paradise for climbing enthusiasts. More than 600 routes are listed, ranging from 10 to 120 metres.

Want to climb the Thaurac massif? The Bureau des Moniteurs offers programmes adapted to all levels and expectations. Climbing enthusiasts can opt for an aerial and sustained route, while beginners and children can learn and discover the atmosphere of a multi-pitch climbing activity.

Our professional and experienced guides will accompany you on this wonderful adventure. Conquer the Herault valley and its magnificent landscapes. You will fall under the spell of the lush nature dominated by holm oaks, the clarity of the river and the mildness of the typical southern sun.

Embark on this timeless journey on the cliffs of the Thaurac massif. You will leave with magnificent photos!

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 15 min from Ganges
  • Approach : 15 min 
  •  way back to cars : 30 min
  •  Duration : 3h
  •  Distance : 100m
  •  Altitude change: 80m

The strengths of Climbing big wall at Thaurac

  • 2 to 3 people per instructor maximum
  • A high-end activity, allowing you to benefit from the know-how of passionate local professionals
  • The possibility of learning the techniques necessary for a progression in autonomy

Description of Climbing big wall at Thaurac

This high quality activity will allow you to benefit from the know-how of our local and passionate instructors. Indeed, they are keen to offer an itinerary where everyone can progress at their own pace. This is why we have a maximum of 2 or 3 people per guide. The objective? That each participant enjoys the activity in complete serenity!
The personalised advice of our professional climbers offers the possibility of learning the techniques necessary to progress independently.

The other advantage of long route climbing at Le Thaurac? The flexibility of the routes. Indeed, this activity is accessible to all. The south face is totally adapted to beginners and even to children.

The impressive west face, which overlooks the Hérault gorges, will be ideal for participants who have already climbed and are looking for thrills.

You will be transported into a magical world where nature is fully alive. You will be seduced by the superb panoramas of the gorges and the Hérault valley. You will observe a variety of fauna and flora. Our instructors, specialists in the Cevennes region, will show you all the best spots; keep your eyes open!

Go on an adventure and opt for a long route climbing activity in Thaurac. Get your adrenaline flowing!


Schedule of the day

The meeting point between the participants and the guide is directly on the car park of the Demoiselles cave. Before leaving, you will need to prepare the equipment (helmets, climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes, double lanyards, descenders, carabiners and safety straps) provided by the Bureau des Moniteurs.

A 20 to 30 minute approach walk will be necessary to reach the foot of the route. The guide will give you a briefing on belay techniques and how to set up a belay, an essential briefing to start with a clear head!

The ascent can then begin: the easy option will consist of routes of 3 to 4 pitches and between 4 and 6 pitches for the more difficult alternative. Depending on your level of experience, you will be able to progress on routes ranging from 4 to 7A. There is something for everyone! A 30 minute walk back to the car park is required.

What to wear for a climbing trip? Wear comfortable sportswear. We also advise you to bring a backpack with water and a snack, especially if you are climbing with children. The activity lasts 3 hours.

Be prepared to experience unique sensations on the Thaurac massif!


  • Individual: 100 €
  • Groups: 90 €
  • 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 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

Situated in the heart of the Cévennes, the Thaurac massif has a strategic geographical position. You can easily travel around the region and climb other areas and routes. There are many climbing sites. Don’t hesitate to try different adventure sports such as via ferrata or canyoning in the gorges of the Hérault.

To complete the sports activities, visit typical villages like Ganges or Saint-Martin-de-Londres. You will appreciate the gentle way of life and the medieval character.

Want to discover natural sites? The Cirque de Navacelles or the Pic Saint-Loup are just a few kilometres away.

To the south, stop off at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a medieval village renowned for its majestic Romanesque Gellone Abbey. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this town will offer you a break from time. Combine cultural heritage and natural landscapes.

Complete your holiday in the Hérault and the Gard with a stopover in Montpellier. You will appreciate its dynamism, its warm welcome and the diversity of its activities.

Finally, sea lovers can enjoy a moment of peace and quiet on the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean coast. The seaside resorts of Palavas-les-Flots, Sète or Agde are just a few minutes’ drive from Montpellier.

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