GR65: Chemin de Saint Jacques is a 799.0 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 799.0 km Elevation Gain: 19,603 m Route Type: Point to Point




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The Way of St James in English, Chemin de Saint Jacques in French, and Camino Santiago in Spanish. This is one segment of the many pilgrimages eventually leading to Santiago de Compostela. This route begins in the grasslands of the Massif Central, enters the valley of the river Lot, traverses the Tarn and the Adour, continues on to Gascony and eventually to the Basque village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port before continuing in Spain. See our Spain page, here:

11 days ago

Unique experience in the spring of 2018. Despite the snow on the Aubrac plateau and the flood in Béarn ... beautiful! If it was again, I would make the "detour" by the variant of Rocamadour.

2 months ago

This was our third Camino/Chemin and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The trail is well marked at all times, though it isn’t always following the All Trails route. We were told the route can vary due to conditions or accommodations available. We split the Camino in thirds, in order to get a rest day/laundry day, occasionally. We rested at Conques, Cahors and Condom. Good potable water is always readily available but do carry a litre each. If hot, carry more. Food on route isn’t always available so pack your baguette. Our only negative was the amount of road in the last third- 10 days- otherwise it was fabulous. The French people are very polite and welcoming even when our language skills were poor. Our accommodation food (half board) was delicious and did vary in style. This Camino is much less travelled than Spain, especially the last two thirds. Highly recommend.

3 months ago

a beautiful step

10 months ago

Awesome experience. The trail is generally well marked and maintained. Some of the steep down parts are terrible but overall quite good. Enough gites for averaging 20 kilometers per day. Conques was fantastic, mostly because of the Abbaye and evening organ concert. I walked from Le Puy to Moissac in about 21 days. Every day was different, every day was hard, every day was fantastic.

11 months ago

There are two factors making this different from trails in the US: villages and gites. The trail passes through rural farms and picturesque villages which appear little changed from the Middle Ages. In the end near Le Puy you will meet more cows than people. The lodging for hikers is the gite, in which hikers stay in dormitories or private rooms, sometimes quite small and sometimes quite large. Most provide dinner and breakfast (Demi-pension) for a fee, a bed and food together averaging about €38 per night. Long dinners with other hikers and copious amounts of local wine and food make this experience extraordinary. As this is a pilgrimage trail, most hikers carry a credential and the symbol of the Camino, a scallop shell.

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