With mind-blowing volcanic landscapes, an exceptional flora and remarkable fauna, the land of Sancy is located in the middle of the Natural Park of Auvergne Volcanoes. To enjoy this exceptional nature, nothing is better than a hike.
Come and breathe fresh air in the Massif du Sancy. Hundreds and hundreds marked miles are allowing you to discover local wonders, whether you are a professional or a beginner hiker. The Massif du Sancy is a reference for pedestrian hikes.
The Sancy is full of small hiking trails, more than 670km all around the land (416mi.). For every level, everyone can find happiness for walks from 1 to 6 hours; you can discover waterfalls, streams, landscapes and volcanic landscapes. Even children can make the most of family walks.
You may also discover unbelievable landscapes such as Puy de Sancy, Banne d’Ordanche, Puy de la Perdrix, Pavin Lake, Chambon Lake, ronde des cascades…
It exist specific marked trails in the Massif du Sancy (yellow marking) with directional signs, here at every crossroad where you can find the destination place and the kilometers that are left. Maps are here to indicate where we are and all the routes available with sectors.
Want to learn all there is to know about volcanism and the names of the mountains around you? Fancy spotting marmots and chamois? Then follow the example of Béatrice, a mum, nature-lover and hiker, who called upon the services of a mountain leader. Here’s what she says:
“I was lucky enough to see chamois, mouflons and marmots this summer when hiking with a mountain leader. Not only did he know exactly where to find them, he even let us watch them through his binoculars. The children were so excited!”
Here you’ll find contact details for the different mountain guide bureaus in the Sancy mountains.
The Puy de Sancy is the crossroad of multiple great hike routes crossing the Massif du Sancy.
Walk along the volcanic mountains and lakes on the GR30® Tour des Lacs d'Auvergne (Auvergne Lakes Circuit) and GR 4® Hauts Plateaux et Monts d'Auvergne (Highlands and Mountains of Auvergne Circuit). To explore the Sancy Massif at your own pace, try the Boucle Sancy or the Tour des Vaches Rouges (Cézallier Circuit).