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Trail running in Cantal in Auvergne

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4 days of trail running in the Cantal mountain range in Auvergne, based in Thiézac, with Caroline, UIMLA mountain leader and expert in trail running.


4 Days

May - Nov




A 4-day stay in Thiézac, to prepare and improve in trail on an exceptional playground. In fact, the Cantal is Europe's largest volcano! This massif has many hidden treasures and you may be surprised by the relief of this beautiful region…

I'll help you discover with passion and good humor one of my preferred playgrounds.

Some of he highlights of this stay are:
– To stay in the heart of volcanoes in a remote spot off the beaten track;
– Professional advice on technique, preparation, food, equipment;
– A star-shaped journey with one accommodation during the whole stay;
– Logistics and a high-level trail coaching.

In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

During these 4 days we will run on average 20-35km a day and go up from 1000 to 2000 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and varied terrain. We will partially be on aerial paths.

Does this advanced training sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me! I also organize many others trips. Contact me to discuss about your desires. I'd be happy to take you on those so beautiful mountain trails and accompany you in the goals you set. Another great trail running trip that I organize also in Auvergne is this one!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price includes:

- Trail course in Auvergne

- ½ board accommodation

- Picnic lunch in your rucksack

- Supervision by a qualified mountain leader.

The price does not include:

- Individual insurance

- Food supplements (energy drink bars)

- Personal expenses

- Drinks during meals

- Personal transfers in the event of interruption of the outing or stay


Day 1: L’Elancèze

16km, D +/-700m
A nice half day to warm up and enjoy the ridge passages up to Elancèze. It’s a summit overlooking the glacial valleys of Cère and Jordanne. The hiking allows to admire the beautiful waterfall Faillitoux, the highest in the department. Then evening conference: intervention on training planning: “how to organize your trail season according to your objectives.”

Day 2: Rombière pass, Peyre Arse and Puy Mary summit

30km, D +/-1760m
We discover the hidden treasures of Cantal. Among peaks and valleys, volcanic and lush panoramas of the region will leave you speechless. In addition, if the weather allows we will see chamois and marmots in the the steep slopes of the surrounding mountains. Then, in the evening, stretching and working on injury prevention in trail.

Day 3: Ascent test – Rocher du Cerf

A half day dedicated to the physical preparation specific for trail. Indeed, the morning will be dedicated to a field test in upward climb. So you can measure your maximum aerobic capacity and deduct some physiological data useful in training. During the afternoon, to recover, you can visit the beautiful village of Salers, classified as the most beautiful village in France, walk around Aurillac or enjoy sunbathing at the lodge. Then in the evening: processing and debriefing on the test results – abdominal session / sheathing.

Day 4: Peaks of the Roman Road and Plomb du Cantal

21,5 km, D +900/-1436m.
A descending profile for the final day. Today we do the ascent of the Plomb du Cantal, the highest peak in the Cantal mountains (1855m). From here we can enjoy a 360° view on a path with multifaceted peaks. There are alternating rotating parts and technical passages. The Via Celtica, ancient Roman road that crosses the Cantal mountains leads to the Tuillière Buron, before descending into the valley.



More info

A minimum number of participants (defined in advance) is required for the departure to take place. If the number of participants is insufficient and the departure is cancelled, clients will be informed via a phone call at least a week prior to the scheduled departure date and will receive a complete refund.

Clients are required to have a multi-risk insurance, covering cancellation fees, rescue and accident, repatriation and baggage loss or theft.

(Stage trail printemps en Auvergne)

Group size: 9 to 15 people.

Companion price : € 284 (half board)

Advanced level:

  • Regular practice of running and other endurance sports : 3-4 times a week for at least 1:15h
  • Regular practice of running in varied terrain, experience & participation in races or nature trails 20 to 40km
  • Occasional practice of mountain hiking
  • Be able to progress at a minimum speed of 600m D + / hr for 1 hour
  • Mountain environment Knowledge


  • During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash
  • To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks and already worn trail shoes
  • For the whole stay: a floor mat, spare clothes for 4 days, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs
  • Recommended additional equipment: poles, heart rate monitor and camera
  • Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

Thiézac - Ferme de Trielle (Cantal – Auvergne). Getting there - By car: Highway A75 direction Montpellier, Aurillac, exit 23 Aurillac Massiac, Le Lioran. Continue on the N122 until Lioran. - By train: SNCF train station at Lioran.

Equipment you will need to bring

Equipment: What to bring for the day : - A light rucksack including : - A waterproof jacket - A warm long-sleeved fleece top - Survival blanket and whistle - An individual first-aid kit - Cap or headband - Hat and thin gloves - Sunglasses suitable for running - Long tights if running shorts - Cereal bars and energy drink - Plastic bag for garbage - Biodegradable toilet paper - Headlamp - Minimum 1.5l water supply - Elastic strapping - A small amount of cash What to bring : - Running shorts - Short-sleeved t-shirt - A pair of running socks - Previously worn trail shoes For the whole stay : - Spare clothing for 3 days - Personal toiletries - Spare shoes - Spare water bottle - Earplugs or ear plugs - Floor mat (not compulsory) - Heart rate monitor (not mandatory) - Swimsuit Individual pharmacy: - Anti-chafing cream - Sun cream - Double-skin bandages - Elastic bandage - Paracetamol - Anti-diarrheal - Antiseptic - Personal medication Recommended additional equipment : - A pair of walking sticks - Camera

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing. I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.


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What people are saying about -Caroline


J'ai eu l'opportunité de participer à deux stages, l'un dans le Cantal, l'autre à Chamonix. Un grand plaisir de partager une passion commune avec des participants très sympas de tous niveaux et de tous horizons. Caroline, une grande professionnelle de la montagne et du trail, n'a pas son pareil pour organiser ces rencontres, et tout cela dans une super ambiance et des paysages à couper le souffle.


J'ai fait deux stages avec Caro, c'est devenu une amie, et chacun de ces stages m'a laissé des souvenirs inoubliables. Le premier stage en 2014 en Haute Savoie à l'occasion du Trail du Gypaète. Le Deuxième stage en 2015, dans les Calanques de Marseille. Ces stages auront été parfaits à tous les niveaux: Paysages grandioses (on sent qu'ils ont été choisis avec soin), des échanges techniques avec des "pros" (un grand moment quand Caro inspecte les sacs à dos...), pleins de conseils nutrition - mode de vie etc... La découverte des autres stagiaires mais aussi des autres encadrants (très bon contact avec Guillaume Lenormand par ex.). Des conditions matérielles top (hébergement, repas, organisation etc...). Seule critique: le temps passe trop vite, c'est toujours trop court! Donc au final quand c'est fini, on n'a qu'une envie... c'est de repartir pour un autre stage! Et vu le nombre de personnes que l'on croise sur les stages qui en sont à leur n-ième participation, je peux affirmer que ce sentiment est partagé!


Pour moi le trail c'est avant tout la découverte de nouveaux territoires, les rencontres et les échanges avec d'autres passionnés, le respect de la nature. Mes 3 stages avec Caroline m'ont permis de retrouver ces fondamentaux dans un cadre toujours bon enfant, mais pas moins professionnel. Caroline est une passionnée de montagne et de tout ce qui y touche (sport, culture, gastronomie) et elle sait comme personne transmettre sa passion et ses bons conseils, toujours avec le sourire. Je garde un excellent souvenir des rencontres avec les autres stagiaires et mais aussi avec les autres encadrants, Guillaume, Seb, Cédric, Lydie et tant d'autres rencontrés au cours de ces stages.



Great experience, but definitely favored toward elite runners. One of our guides, JC, was amazing. He cared about every runner. The other guide seemed only to care for the elites (and himself). On top of Col des Montets, I asked if we had time to put on warm layers. The guide said "of course," but then quickly proceeded to run off with the entire group while I stood bare and freezing with my gear unpacked. Total lack of consideration for the well-being of his runners. Otherwise a great tour.



Well organized tour of the TDS course. Amazing views await even if you’re not planning to run the race

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