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3-day rock climbing course around Orpierre or Gorges de l’Ardeche

Join Hervé, IFMGA certified mountain guide from Marseille, in this long-weekend tour rock climbing in the south of France. Choose your favourite spot and taste the Mediterranean cuisine in friendly restaurants. Some of his top picks are Orpierre and the Gorges de l'Ardeche.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration3 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


Let me guide you on this 3-day rock climbing hike in southeastern France, the Mecca of modern climbing. I will take you around Orpierre or Gorges de l’Ardeche.

I offer this trip in long weekends –3 days, 3 nights–, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. Together we will choose the most suitable spot for your climbing level, from beginners to advanced climbers. This trip is for private groups and it will be tailored to your wishes.

Some of my favourite sites are:

  • Orpierre, a tiny beautiful village (only 300 people) with multiple venues for climbing nearby;
  • The Dentelles de Montmirail, a  craggy massif above endless rows of grapevines (named “dentelles” because of the saw-toothed limestone crests).
  • The Ardèche Gorges, with their famous natural arch.

I can also take you to Cassis Creeks, Sainte Victoire, Buoux or the Gorges du Verdon, all mythical sites that attract climbers from around the world for the beauty of the setting, the rock quality and the richness of the environment, as well as the charm of the Mediterranean regions.

From Friday to Sunday mid-afternoon, we will do lots of rope climbing and/or long routes, depending on the level of the participants.

For lunch we will have a picnic, and we will enjoy dinner in small friendly restaurants.

Depending on the intended spot for rock climbing, we will define a meeting point between Lyon, Avignon, Montélimar or Marseille. A private transfer will take you to our base and return you on Sunday.

We will select among our preferred addresses accommodation by email.

So, are you ready to join me in this climbers´ paradise? Please, do not hesitate to contact me. 

Or, if you want to explore the region in another way, please check my Preparation course for adventure tourism (2 days in Provence) or my 6-day multi-activity trip in Provence.


We will select the accommodation among our preferred hotels.

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The price indicated is a base price per person for a group of 4.

Meeting point

Lyon, Avignon, Montélimar or Marseille, depending on the intended spot. I will take you from the spot to the base in private transfer.



About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide
I come from Marseille and I found my passion for mountaineering very early, climbing Les Calanques, some mountains in the Verdon region and in the Alps. I got my IFMGA (mountain guide) certificate in 1983 and my ski instructor license in 1985.
I brought my clients on many summits of the Alps and went abroad to discover the world. I went skiing, climbing, mountaineering… in Morocco, Norway, Algeria (Hoggar), Yosemite (El Capitan) and Nepal. I discovered this passion for travelling and started to organize my first trips with my clients. In the late 80’, I went to the Annapurna Sanctuary and I did several ascents in Peru (Pisco, Yanapatcha and Huascaran). In the 90’, I did several trips in Nepal (Helambu, Langtang…).
I then kept on and further explored the world with my clients: Rolwaling traverse (Perchamo, Mera Peak Mingbo La), the summits of Yala Peak and the Yana Kanga, Patagonia (in Argentina), Manaslu tour in Nepal, Meso Kanto La, Mustang, Atacama desert in chili and many others.
I like bringing my clients mountaineering in summer and ski touring / heliskiing in winter.
Get in touch with me and let's discuss about your next guiding tour !

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2681 each

Group of 2

EUR 1341 each

Group of 3

EUR 894 each

Group of 4

EUR 671 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

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