Les Gorges de la Vienne

Villages and valleys with a donkey / 5 days / 71 km / 44 mi

Rent a donkey to hike in france

difficulty : A big loop in Limousine Mountain. Swimming opportunities on the course. Easy steps and a circuit quite conceivable family.

Minimum age recommended for children: from 8 years old.

hiking with a donkey: the circuit of limousine mountain

inns / fullboard

tour operator for hiking in limousin

organized by Appaat Millevaches
travel operator on the regional park Millevaches in Limousin.

 from €355/ adult

rental of a donkey + accommodation + meals

Junior rate (4 to 11 years old): €190

toddler price (under 4 years old):€150


Rate on a 4 people basis with 1 donkey

interest of the circuit

3 days-tour with a donkey

comfort of accommodation

hiking with a donkey in france

the hike of Limousine Mountain with a donkey


Day 1 (4:30)
You get acquainted with your donkey and learn how to put a pack-saddle on correctly. Departure is by late morning. Between groves and pine forests, you will pass Le Cloup, Ladrat, Présenchères... all elegant hamlets. Then, discover the extensive panoramas of the Montagne Limousine from the top of Mont-Larron.

>> Saint-Julien's inn

Un âne pour une randonnée en Limousin

le lac de Ste Hélène, à Bujaleuf
le lac de Ste Hélène, à Bujaleuf

Day 2 (4 hours)
The Maulde languid in a series of steep-sided lakes line your course : you will first pass the Larron lake, then Sainte-Hélène lake when you are near the village of Bujaleuf. Are you tempted to go swimming ? Do not hesitate : a small beach can be the place for a relaxing and refreshing moment.


>> Bujaleuf's inn

rando ane gorges de la vienne
dans les gorges de la Vienne
rando avec un ane limousin
chambres d'hôtes le Petit Papillon
rando âne 5 jours : étape à Eymoutiers
Eymoutiers, la Vienne

Day 3 (6 hours)
Go first to the Chalard castle wich overlooks a meander of the Vienne. You now have to penetrate the gorges of this very rugged river as it is close to its source on the Plateau de Millevaches. You'll sleep by Suzy's bed & breakfast : le Petit Papillon

Day 4 (4:15)
The journey continues with the gorges de la Vienne in the background. The railway line from Limoges to Clermont-Ferrand also winds through the valley and you may be lucky to catch sight of the steam train showing around summer visitors in this wild setting... A detour through the Farsac castle will take you to la Closerie, for the next lap.

>> Eymoutiers

Take the time to discover the rich heritage of this small character town: Collegiate Church of St-Etienne, tanners' houses, historic heart ...

Your evening stopover: la Closerie, a beautiful home where Sébastien and Myriam welcome you to taste their specialties.

Day 5 (5:30)
All good things come to end... During the return lap, you will discover the rich heritage of the medieval town of Eymoutiers (it seems ice cream and pastries quite close to the Saint-Etienne church, are delicious...)
The  Ânes de Vassivière farm and maybe a night at the yurt camp is just at the end of the road.

tour operator for hiking in limousin

organized by Appaat Millevaches
travel operator on the regional park Millevaches in Limousin.