Thaurac Via Ferrata : the integral route

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The integral Thaurac via ferrata: real exploration on a cliff with the crossing of a cave.

A magnificent and varied course, overlooking the Hérault.

In the heart of the Cévennes, explore the secrets of the Thaurac massif in depth. Located in the upper valley of the Hérault, the vertical rock faces emerge above the vineyards. In the middle of these boulders, the Hérault river and its narrow gorges weave their way through.

The via ferrata of the Thaurac takes you to this impressive and exotic place. In the background, a breathtaking panorama of Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, Ganges and the Hérault valley; prepare yourself for an experience that will leave a lasting impression!

This adventure course on the side of a cliff, set up by our instructors, offers you a concentration of activities: aerial turns, underground passages, climbing, abseiling, zip-lines, monkey bridges. A safe bet for thrill-seekers!

The combination of the via ferrata and the Baume du Soleil will allow you to multiply the disciplines. Indeed, this programme full of surprises is the result of a combination of two half-days; multiply the pleasures tenfold!

You will plunge into a luxuriant nature with tones of garigue, typical of the Cevennes region. Take the time to contemplate these magnificent landscapes where vegetation, rocks and clear water mingle.

The team of professional guides from the Bureau des Moniteurs will accompany you and share their passion for the region and this outdoor activity with you. Ready to go?

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 20 min from Ganges, 50 min from Montpellier, 40 min from Anduze
  • Approach : 15 min downwards in the undergrowth
  •  way back to cars : 15 min walking down a path
  •  Duration : 5h
  •  Distance : 800m
  •  Altitude change: 150m

The strengths of Thaurac Via Ferrata : the integral route

  • breathtaking route, varied and unique
  • 25 meter high pendulum jump, zip line, monkey bridge ….
  • Progressive difficulty, numerous escape routes
  • Group price from 6 people (constituted group)

Description of Thaurac Via Ferrata : the integral route

This route is particularly varied and aesthetic; you will fall under the spell of its special natural environment.

The progressive difficulty and the different escape routes allow you to move at your own pace and enjoy each workshop as you wish. You will love the 25 metre high pendulum jump, the zip line experience, the monkey bridge, the exploration of a cave or the abseiling.

The Instructor’s Office offers a group rate for groups of 6 people or more. Put your team together and benefit from special prices!

Our expert guides of the region will accompany you throughout the activity and will reveal the subtleties of the practice of this adventure sport.

This course offers new sensations; you will get a taste of freedom and feel a reconnection with nature.

Located above the Hérault gorges and close to Montpellier, its location will give you the opportunity to explore the region and the Cévennes, which are full of gems to visit.

This activity is a call to discovery and relaxation. Organise a via ferrata in the Thaurac gorges and enjoy the Occitan sun!


Schedule of the day

The departure for the via ferrata is at 9 am or at 2 pm from the car park of the grotte des Demoiselles. We also propose a departure at 6 pm to admire the sunset. A magical moment not to be missed!

After preparing the equipment, the participants leave on foot to start the via ferrata. All the equipment needed for the activity is provided by the Instructors’ Office: helmets, headlamps, harnesses, ropes, double lanyards, descenders, karabiners, pulleys, straps with shock absorbers. We advise you to take a snack with you; there will be a food break.

We will then take a path that will lead us in 15 minutes down to the beginning of the via ferrata course. The activity lasts about 4 hours and the return walk takes 10 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable sports shoes and clothing; it is important to feel comfortable in their movements.

The activity will start with the crossing from one cave to another with an impressive spider wire abseil. You will then climb two chimneys and descend a zip line. A hike will take you to some remarkable viewpoints and the ascent of the big pillar. Finally, make an incredible pendulum jump between two walls and dominate a breathtaking landscape.


  • Individual: 55 €
  • Groups: 50 €
  • Schools: 45 €
  •  Included:
    • Qualified instructor
    • Technical equipement : helmet, headlamp, harness, ropes, double lanyard, slings, carabiners with shock absorber, descenders
    • Instructor’s liability insurance
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport clothes
    • Sport shoes
    • Backpack
    • Meal
    • Transport

Driving directions

From Ganges (20 mins), take the direction of Laroque / Montpellier, then, in Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, go up in the direction of the cave of the Demoiselles (one-way road in its last section; do not go back down this section of road but continue at the other end of the car park).

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

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


What to do around

From the Thaurac massif, discover Anduze, a typical Cevennes town. You will notice the picturesque charm of this small town in the Gard. Visit the cultural heritage; the clock tower, the covered square, the protestant temple, etc. Stroll along the Rue Droite where you will find many craftsmen and traders, then let yourself be carried away by the steep streets. Make a stop at the Cordeliers park, in the heart of the city. You will love the freshness and the varied vegetation.

Close to the via ferrata course, explore Ganges; a must during your stay in the Cévennes.

Heading south, pass through Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a medieval town classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Alternate between walks on the mountain paths and cultural visits.

The region will also enchant you with its local and high quality products. Don’t hesitate to taste the culinary specialities of the Cévennes:

– Pélardon, a goat’s cheese made only in the region;

– the chestnut is the star of the Cevennes mountains;

– Wines play an important role in the local production.

Travel through the Cévennes; you will be won over by the warm welcome of the inhabitants and the riches of this vast territory.

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