The beginning is not particularly difficult, in a place where the magnificent Aubrac cattle live among broom and wild pansy, in short, a good way to start the walk. After Nasbinals, the trail climbs through mountain pastures to a 1370 metre pass, before descending to the Aubrac "commanderie". From here it slopes evenly all the way to St Chely d’Aubrac.
Distance : 43 km - Elevation gain : 605 m
Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac - La Canourgue
Parting ways with the Chemin de St Jacques, the Chemin de Saint Guilhem climbs again to the green Aubrac plateau with its wide open spaces. It passes beneath the "Signal de Mailhebiau" (1469m) at the cross of the "Rode" and comes down again towards La Canourgue via the "col (pass) de Trébatut".
Distance : 44 km - Elevation gain : 1 086 m
La Canourgue - Meyrueis
The "causse de Sauveterre" has few lodging possibilities. At St Enimie, the route crosses the "Gorges du Tarn". From there, it climbs again onto The "Causse Mejean" with its lunar landscapes and very interesting flora. The village of Meyrueis on the "Jonte" river has numerous "gites", campsites and hotels.
Distance : 56 km - Elevation gain : 1 944 m
Meyrueis - Le Vigan
This section crosses the line where, at the Mount "Aigoual", the rivers go in opposite directions, some to the Atlantic and others to the Mediterranean. The descent towards the town of "Le Vigan" brings us to the South (Midi) and heat in the summer. A small detour, will take you to the "Col de la Serreyrède" at the summit of Mount Aigoual from which point you can see the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. Le Vigan, being the biggest town on the journey has many shops, supermarkets and a cinema.
Distance : 40 km - Elevation gain : 1 707 m
Le Vigan - Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
From le Vigan a climb onto the small "Causse de Blandas" leads to the well known "Cirque de Navacelles", then, via the "Gorges de la Vis" with its cool waters, even in summer, to make the transition up to the "Larzac". This pretty steep section, brings us to St Guilhem-le-Desert passing by the hermitage of "Notre-Dame de Belle Grace" crossing an ancient forest of Salzman pine also called Cevennes pine.
Distance : 55 km - Elevation gain : 2 491 m
Aubrac - La Canourgue
At the "Rode" cross, this section drops down directly south towards La Canourgue, passing through St Pierre de Nogaret. Its also possible, upstream from here, to take the ancient roman road (GRA 6A) from the small village of Aubrac.
Distance : 41 km - Elevation gain : 788 m
La Canourgue - Meyrueis
This section descends by the GR6 and St Georges de Levejac to Vignes, at the bottom of the Gorges du Tarn, which it follows to Rozier-Peyreleau. Next it continues up onto the Causse Méjean by the path of the viewpoints (belvédères) of the Jonte a fantastic place where you can admire the griffon vultures, who nest on the impressive limestone cliffs, which dominate the gorges, at more than 100 metres high. It reaches Meyrueis, passing by the "Aven Armand" cave on the causse.