St Guilhem le Désert canyon

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The Verdus canyon in St Guilhem le Désert: a unique experience in an aesthetic and wild setting.

A magnificent course made up of climbing and abseiling, above one of the most beautiful villages in France

The Verdus canyon welcomes you to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a village classified among the most beautiful in France. Situated in the Hérault department, this medieval town is very popular with visitors who appreciate the splendour of the landscape and the richness of the cultural heritage.

The guides of the Bureau des Moniteurs offer you the opportunity to discover the region from a different angle, off the beaten track. The route in the dry canyon of Verdus will transport you to the middle of the gorges and will allow you to practice several disciplines: climbing, hiking, abseiling.

This itinerary is aimed at a sporting public with a good physical condition, but not necessarily with an advanced level of climbing. You will be charmed by this wild and preserved natural setting; a site where lush vegetation and limestone rock cohabit harmoniously.

Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted: sun, sport and wide open spaces will be on the agenda. With family or friends, opt for an activity in the heart of the Cévennes and come and experience a fun day punctuated with thrills.

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 50 min from Ganges
  • Approach : 20 min
  •  way back to cars : 15 min 
  •  Duration : 4h
  •  Distance : 400m
  •  Altitude change: 100m

The strengths of St Guilhem le Désert canyon

  • Exceptional setting (village classified) 
  • 6 abseils with one 35m
  • Via Cordata and barranco
  • Wonderfull initiation site 
  • Climbing certified monitors 

Description of St Guilhem le Désert canyon

The Verdus canyon awaits you to reveal its majestic gorges. Enjoy an unforgettable moment full of surprises thanks to this unusual and dynamic activity.

Let yourself be guided by our expert instructors of the region!

The exceptional setting of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert will plunge you into an enchanting and soothing universe. This outing will give you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and to recharge your batteries in a protected environment where the fauna and flora are fully alive.

The Verdus canyon is suitable for all levels and is ideal for beginners who want to learn about climbing and abseiling. More advanced participants will also be able to enjoy this route to the full, which promises great adrenaline rushes.

During this itinerary, you will cross sections of via cordata, barrancos, but also several abseils in spider’s thread, one of which is 35 metres long. Ready for the big jump? Try this unique experience between climbing, abseiling and hiking.

You will have the chance to be supervised by state-qualified guides who are specialists in the Cévennes region. They will show you the most beautiful panoramas throughout the descent and will give you the right tips to progress.

The Bureau des Moniteurs offers a group rate for 6 people or more. Form your own team of adventurers and benefit from preferential prices!

Dare to try this course which combines several outdoor disciplines. Strong emotions and conviviality are guaranteed!


Schedule of the day

The meeting between the participants and the guide is fixed at 10 am at the car park at the top of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. After having prepared your backpacks and the technical equipment provided by the Bureau des Moniteurs (helmets, harnesses, ropes, double lanyards, descenders, karabiners and safety straps), you will begin a 20-minute hike in the cirque of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert.

You will continue your journey with a climb on a via cordata and another 20 minute walk to the beginning of the canyon. A series of de-escalations will lead you to the top of a dizzying 35 metre abseil, followed by two abseils of 20 and 12 metres.

This itinerary ensures that you get a great deal of height! Learn the basics of climbing or improve your skills during this day in the canyon of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. A 15 minute walk back to the vehicles will be required.

Remember to bring a backpack with a meal and water; you will have earned a lunch break halfway through.

The activity lasts 5 hours in total. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the route and the scenery.

This dry canyoning trip will allow you to discover the Cévennes natural park from a unique perspective; an experience seen from inside the gorges!


  • Individual: 50 €
  • Groups: 45 €
  • Schools: 40 €
  •  Included:
    • Qualified instructor
    • Technical equipement : helmet, headlamp, harness, ropes, double lanyard, slings, carabiners, descenders
    • Instructor’s liability insurance
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport clothes
    • Sport shoes
    • Backpack
    • Meal
    • Transport

Driving directions

From Ganges, take the road head to Saint Martin de Londres
In Saint Martin de Londres follow Gignac and Aniane, and finally Saint Guilhem le Desert.
Park at the pay parking at the top of the village.

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

Travel through the Occitanie region and discover a variety of tourism. A visit to the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a must. This peaceful medieval town receives over 300,000 visitors a year, while the village has only 250 inhabitants. Imagine the contrast! Indeed, its Gellone Abbey, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a jewel of Languedoc Romanesque art. Walk through the picturesque streets and admire the gorgeous Romanesque facades. Stop in front of the Saint-Laurent church and the Château du Géant. All these monuments tell of the village’s powerful historical past.

Fancy a walk? Both sportive and quiet routes are waiting for you. You will be pleasantly surprised by the magnificent views over the valley. You can practise other sports activities include via ferrata, canoeing, kayaking and an adventure course. Take your pick!

Continue your journey through other typical villages like Saint-Martin-de-Londres or Ganges.

See the geological curiosity of the Cirque de Navacelles only 1 hour away.

40 minutes south, reach Montpellier and add an urban touch to your Occitan holiday. Montpellier offers you the sweetness of a small town with its pedestrian streets and shady squares, but also the grandeur of a metropolis with its activities and cultural places.

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