Many people, especially those continuing along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques to Figeac or beyond, complete this section of the GR 65 in four days. This is certainly an achievable schedule but it does require a couple of long days and, often, another long day straight after your walk, from Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals.
Because the first thirty-five kilometres (twenty-two miles) from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Montaure (just past Monistrol-d’Allier) include some strenuous climbing, I prefer to take a slower pace and make my daily walks a little shorter.
You may find that your overnight stops are in the smaller villages, with few or no services, and so you will need to make sure that you visit the ATM and the pharmacy, if necessary, as you pass through Saugues in the middle of the third day and always have enough trail mix for two or three days. This schedule will also allow you to spend an hour or two visiting the museum and climbing the tower in Saugues if you choose.
Regardless of whether you take four or five days to complete this walk, be sure to allow plenty of time—a day if possible—to explore Le-Puy-en-Velay and visit the many attractions the town has to offer. And don’t forget to reward yourself in Aumont-Aubrac with dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Cyril Attrazic!
Day 1 Le-Puy-en-Velay to Montbonnet (16 km/10 mi).
Day 2 Montbonnet to Monistrol-d’Allier (14.5 km/9.1 mi).
Day 3 Monistrol-d’Allier to Le Falzet (22 km/13.8 mi).
Day 4 Le Falzet to Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole (22.5 km/14.1 mi).
Day 5 Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole to Aumont-Aubrac (14 km/8.8 mi).
If you prefer to complete this walk in four days, my suggested itinerary would be—
Day 1 Le-Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Privat-d’Allier (23.5 km/14.7 mi).
Day 2 Saint-Privat-d’Allier to Saugues (19 km/11.9 mi).
Day 3 Saugues to Le Sauvage (19.5 km/12.2 mi).
Day 4 Le Sauvage to Aumont-Aubrac (27 km/16.9 mi).
Are you ready to start planning a long-distance walk…
…along the Chemin de Saint-Jacques from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac?
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