On the Cathars trail


Niveau : upper intermediate
Possibilité de venir avec son cheval : No

Puivert – Puylaurens – Peyrepertuse – Queribus…

Here are some of the evocative names of castles built in the Middle Ages, which, towering above the county of Aude, have marked history.

Although these ruins are no longer representative of what they were in the 12th Century, they still have a striking and fascinating power. Taking the time to contemplate them is an important step towards understanding the events that concocted the historical identity of the Cathar region.

We have organised a week’s trip on horseback through this region full of citadels, with its land of a thousand colours, intense geographical contrasts where vast and deep lily-white chalk gorges follow arid plateaux, through flora that is often disconcerting, with its mixture of Mediterranean scrubland, holm oaks, pine trees, beech trees and other mountain species plus thyme and lavender.

Through picturesque villages and hamlets, in the wild scenary of the Sault region, unearthing the authentic gastronomy in order to taste jugged wild boar, Cathar-reared lamb, Limoux fricassee, the perfumed luque olives of Minervois… together with visits to these noble castles.

Length of trip

7 days and 6 nights, arrival the day before in Granés

Number of km

30 to 35 km/day
Minimum of 6 hours on horseback per day

Age of riders

From 14 years
Adolescents accepted if accompanied

Number of persons

6 to 12 persons.
Departure minimum 4 riders


Comfortable bed and breakfast 2 to 4 persons per bedroom.


Half-autonomy. Transportation of personal belongings to the end of the third day and the last day.

Supervision – Guidance and security

Guidance is guaranteed by qualified /certified equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge willing to let you discover the beauty of this area. English speaking guides available.

Required riding level and conditions

This trek is really exciting and requires real fit intermediate rider confident at all paces and able to ride 6 to 7 hours each day over varied and sometimes challenging terrain. All the opportunity to trot or to canter offered by the landscape are taken – Good physical condition – A smile and good humour – Each person is to be in charge of looking after his or her horse during the trip – Licence recommended, or Individual Accident Insurance (issued by the centre before departure)

Good to know

L’arrivée des cavaliers se fait le dimanche soir. Le rendez vous est prévu entre 17 et 18h00. Le repas du soir est compris dans le forfait.


Torch – hat – flask – knife – swimming costume – sunglasses and sun cream – Light water proof and good windproof – Jeans not advisable – avoid rubber boots,    walking shoes with mini-chaps recommended – binoculars.


rando à cheval au pays cathare1° day

9h30 Granés – Puivert 19h30
Plateau de Granes – Les Sauzils – Guided visit of Puivert castle.

2° day

9h00 Puivert – Marsa 19h30
Callong Mirailles Forest – Mule track towards Marsa.

3° day

9h00 Marsa – Puylaurens – Aiguës Bonnes 20h 00
Val Rebenty – Les Argalatières – Guided visit of Puylaurens castle.

4° day

8h00 Aiguës Bonnes – Bugamus Bergerie
N.D. de Laval – Col de Pechines – Sarrat Ponchut – Visit of Peyrepertuse castle.

5° day

8h45 Bugamus Bergerie – Bouchard Gite
In the morning Bus tour to Cucugnan village – View point and visit of Quéribus castle, then walk in the trilling Gorges of Galamus
On the horse again to Discover the exceptional site of Bouchard.

6° day

9h00 Bouchard – Granes 19h30
Forest with the salt water – Pech de Bugarach
Val de La Blanque – Sarrat de La Bezu.



GROUP PROMO: 30% reduction for the 6th rider of a group

1579 €

in double room (castle visits inclusive)

+ 65 € for a supplementary night


YEAR 2021

From 13th to 21th of June  (Hike open for registration with 2 riders already registered)



By phone: +335 58 09 34 25 or +336 81 27 15 01



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