difficulty : Beautiful route on the lake shore trail. Many Swimming opportunities. Although the altitude difference is reasonable, this hike should be reserved for the good walkers ... Minimum age recommended for children: from 10 years old.
camping / bivouac
from €108/ adult
rental of a donkey + accommodation
Rate on a 2 people basis with 1 donkey
interest of the circuit
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Day 1 ( 4:30)
Make a detour as soon as you start hiking through Moulin de l'Eau to get to Peyrat-le-Château. You will be feel like you have "left civilization" when you leave the town... You will climb slowly till you reach Quenouille through an old road lined with low walls, on the hillside. It is a typical hamlet of the Montagne Limousine with its picturesque granite walls. You then go down the Sentier des Poètes (Poets' Path) to Lake Vassivière where you set up the first bivouac.
Day 2 (4:30)
The day's lap is quite simple : just follow the shoreline ! First at the foot of the Crozat wood, then from village to village, from one beach to the other, from a cove to a bog... until your evening lap : bivouac on the peninsular of Broussas (with a beach 100m away).
Day 3 (5 hours )
The lap is longer but whitout any major difficulties. The shore trail takes you today towards the nord-east of the great lake, a wilder and wooded shore than yesterday. In the end, you will find Auphelle and the bivouac of the first evening (a beach is 200m away).
Day 4 (5:15)
Return to the valley and the town of Peyrat through the moor of Quenouille and the Grammonts.