The Massif du Meygal is made up of hills and ‘sucs’ (small dormant volcanic domes and cones), a great place for outdoor activities in summer or winter.
The Nordic skiing area is enchanting in winter and with thirty different walks in summer, you really are spoilt for choice, but if we have to choose one then it would be Mont du Testavoyre. The volcanoes of Haute-Loire are steeped in legends and the Mézenc Nordic ski area, dominated by Mount Mézenc is no exception.
Mount Mézenc is a mysterious yet well-known mountain at the heart of the Massif Central, forming a natural boundary between the Ardèche and Haute-Loire départements. ‘Puei Vei’, its ancient name, is made of phonolite (or clinkstone, you will understand why as you climb to the summit) and culminates at 1,754m, towering over the surrounding volcanoes and making it an absolute must to climb. The 360° views are amazing and there are plenty of outdoor activities on the slopes all year round. It takes about 3 hours to climb to the top or walk around it. Nearby Mont Gerbier de Jonc (1,417m) overlooking craters, domes and peatbogs is where the Loire rises and starts its journey of 1,012km to reach the sea.
Here is a brief list of peaks, hills and other summits that you will hear about during your stay and which you are sure to want to climb :
Mont Mézenc (1,754m)
Mont Gerbier de Jonc (1,551m)
Suc de Sara (1,521m)
Suc de Bauzon (1,472m)
Pic du Lizieux (1,388m)