The Sancy loop trail will take you to the very top of the Massif Central!
Leaving from Le Mont-Dore, at the foot of the majestic Puy de Sancy, this trail is the best way to admire the spectacular wilderness of our beautiful volcanic massif of Sancy.
The Sancy Loop trail is ideal for exploring the iconic sites of the Massif du Sancy!
You’ll love the Dordogne river, the Grande Cascade, the view over the Chaudefour Valley, Chambon lake, Murol Castle, the characterful village of Besse et Saint-Anastaise, Pavin lake, the walk up Puy de Sancy, the highest point in the Massif Central, the view over the Fontaine Salée glacial corrie, and much more. That’s right, prepare to feast your eyes!
There are 4 versions of this 2 to 6-day hiking itinerary:
Practical tip: for greater peace of mind, take a map with you.
The best maps to use for this itinerary are available online and in bookshops:
Along the trail, the Sancy loop is waymarked with green panels indicating “circuit boucle Sancy”.
Download our information sheets for the long loop from Besse or from Le Mont-Dore:
For a hike of several days, have your luggage forwarded: Porterage services
Hikers are encouraged to follow a code of good practices:
Find accommodation for the night near the Sancy Loop trail. You'll also find provisions and restaurants at various places within 1.5km of the Sancy Loop trail.
Download the Sancy Loop trail map with practical information on where to find water, toilets, showers, etc.
Sancy Loop trail facilities map (french)
Bivouacking is tolerated on long-distance hiking trails with the prior consent of the property owner. Be aware, however, that bivouacking is not allowed in the Chastreix-Sancy and Chaudefour Valley National Nature Reserves.
A bivouac camp is at your disposal in the resort of Chastreix-Sancy: