A "Rando à la ferme" is a moment rich in encounters. Meeting on our farm, with us, passionate mountain breeders. Meeting with Martine who welcomes you to her guest room. Meet your traveling companion, the donkey who carries your luggage and your young children.

- Donkey trek
- 2 or 3 days
- April to June-September to November
- Altitude from 700 to 1000 mm
- Departure and arrival at Unac

"A hike on the farm" is a nature weekend of 2-3 days rich in encounters, ideal in spring or autumn.

Meeting on our farm in Unac and Appy, with us, passionate mountain breeders.
We present to you our farm, our herds of donkeys and cows and explain the specificities of a mountain farm.

map walk on the ledge with a donkey

Meeting with Martine who welcomes you to her guest rooms La Bruyères in the small mountain village of Appy. She knows how to tell you about the region. Famous cook, she offers simple cuisine made with good products. You will have the opportunity to taste products from our farm, veal or beef and apple juice.

Meet your traveling companion, the donkey carrying your luggage and possibly your young children on the path that leaves Unac and takes you to Appy. A beautiful relationship is established between your children and the donkey. In turn, they will ride on his back or lead him. Your hike takes place in the middle of the mountains, on paths traversing "la Corniche", a glacial flat area, at an altitude of 800-1000 m and along which are placed very small villages adorned with Romanesque chapels.


Program (according to the chosen formula)

1st day : from UNAC (700 m) to APPY (1000 m) - Duration 3 hours

Unac has the most imposing of the Romanesque chapels in Haute Ariège. If you are fond of old stones, you will not fail to admire it before starting your hike. You climb quietly towards Appy by the path which overlooks the valley. A small detour allows you to admire the Romanesque chapel of Axiat. You arrive at Appy where your accommodation is located. In the family home, Martine has set up some pretty guest rooms where she warmly welcomes you. She has prepared an excellent meal for you using products from our farm.

2nd day : Guided tour of the farm and hike around the village of Appy. Hike of about 3 hours

In the morning, we show you around our farm where you will discover our herd of Gascon cows and donkeys, mostly Pyrenean donkeys. This time of meeting and exchange allows you to learn more about the functioning of the farm, its traditional transhumant system, about mountain agriculture ...
At the end of the morning, you go for a walk to the Caychax hut. The outward journey and return being done by the same path, you choose the duration of your hike.

3nd day : from Appy (950m) to Unac (700m) 4h

You have the choice between two routes to get back to Unac, either in 4 hours or in 5 hours.
Short version, 4h:
You descend into the valley by the pretty path of La Cassagne which once linked the village of Axiat to the valley. You go up towards the small chapel of Vernaux, placed in the middle of the meadows and return to Unac where your loop ends.

Long version, 5h:
From Appy, you reach the village of Caychax from which you start your descent towards Albiès.
You benefit from a magnificent view over the Ariège valley. You continue your hike towards Vèbre, Urs, Vernaux and Unac.

The times indicated correspond to the actual walking time, excluding breaks.

Prices :

Rate applicable from 2 people

From 5 people: -6%
From 10 people: -12%

Child under 2: free

Single room supplement: 20 € / pers

Period : from April to June and from September to October 

The stay includes

• the rental of a donkey for 2 to 3 people (equipped with a pack, a halter, a lanyard and two bags),
• the visit of the farm,
• individual board at the guest room La Bruyère chez Martine (night, evening meal and breakfast for half-board + picnic - except for the picnic on the first day - for full board), sheets and towels included.
• the loan of a topo or an IGN map at 1 / 25000th of your route.

The stay does not include

personal drinks, snacks, drinks.

Your accommodation :

Martine welcomes you to her guest rooms "La Bruyère", in the tiny village of Appy. Nice setting, delicious food.
She can accommodate you on a half-board basis and even prepare your picnic for the next day. (according to the chosen formula)

Pratical information :

The donkeys :

* They are intended to carry your luggage and possibly your young children, under your responsibility and on certain sections of the route. Children must be able to stand on their own (therefore be at least 2 years old) and must be supervised to avoid any problems (drowsiness). Your child's head should be protected by a bomb or a helmet, like a mountain bike helmet.
When carrying a child on the back, the donkey must be kept on a tether by an adult at all times. For the little ones, you should bring a baby carrier that will allow you to put the child on your back if he has a tendency to fall asleep.

* Their equipment: Each donkey is equipped with a halter, a lanyard, a wooden pack and 2 large backpacks hung on each side of the pack.
It can carry 40 kg, or the luggage of 2 to 3 hikers.
The load must be perfectly balanced (20 kg on each side). Above the animal, only light loads (mattresses, etc.) can be placed, in order to avoid exhausting or unbalancing it.

* Donkey food and night: a park has been set up for donkeys near the La Bruyère bed and breakfast, with water and grass.
Preparing for your hike

The days of departure are free. You have to arrive at Unac early in the morning, in order to fully enjoy your first day and not to get too hot.
It takes about an hour to prepare for your hike: study of the route, organization of luggage.
donkey hike

The period

This hike can be done in any season.

Donkey hike The map

We provide you with a topo with 1/25000 IGN map

Supplies

There is no grocery store along the way. You must therefore arrive with the necessary (including your first picnic). For the following day (s), Martine can prepare picnics for you, if you reserve them in advance.
For water, plan for one gourd per person, which you can fill along the way if necessary.

Donkey hikeYour luggage

The climate in Haute Ariège is that, very contrasted, of the middle mountains: ardor of full sun, by day, and surprising freshness, at night.
So plan:
* walking shoes and light shoes for the evening,
* a change of clothes, a warm sweater, a hat for the sun,
* rain gear (waterproof poncho),
* gourd, flashlight, notebook, pen, lighter, knife, string,
* pharmacy, protective cream and sunglasses,
* plastic bags to wrap your belongings in the bag (very effective in case of rain) and to bring down your bins,

Donkey hikeSOS donkey service

If you have a problem during your hike due to the donkey, we will replace it for you free of charge during the day.

Your dog

Your dog can accompany you for this hike. After a little time of adaptation and mutual observation, he will cohabit perfectly with the donkeys. You will take care to keep it on a leash when approaching villages and grazing areas for herds. Dogs cannot sleep in the bedrooms; shelter is provided for them outside. Remember to let us know if you plan to hike with a dog.

Your car and miscellaneous equipment

During your hike, your car will stay on the place of the Unac church, very close to us.

Location

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Prices / Validity

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Price Min. Max.
Stay rate / person - Stay 3 Days/2 Nights - Adult(s) with half board Min. €216
Stay rate / person - Stay 3 Days / 2 Nights - Child (ren) 4 to 11 years old included in full board Min. €201
Rate of stay / person - Stay 3 Days / 2 Nights - Child (ren) 4 to 11 years old included in half board Min. €179
Stay rate / person - Stay 2 Days / 1 Night - Child (ren) 4 to 11 years old included in full board Min. €129
Rate of stay / person - Stay 3 Days / 2 Nights - Child (ren) 2 and 3 years old included in full board Min. €167
Stay rate / person - Stay 2 Days/1 Night - Adult(s) with half board Min. €138
Stay rate / person - Stay 2 Days / 1 Night - Child (ren) 2 and 3 years old included in half board Min. €101
Stay rate / person - Stay 3 Days / 2 Nights - Adult (s)) with full board Min. €240
Rate of stay / person - Stay 3 Days / 2 Nights - Child (ren) 2 and 3 years old included in half board Min. €153
Stay rate / person - Stay 2 Days / 1 Night - Child (ren) 4 to 11 years old included in half board Min. €117
Stay rate / person - Stay 2 Days / 1 Night - Adult (s)) with full board Min. €150
Rate of stay / person - Stay 2 Days / 1 Night - Child (ren) 2 and 3 years old included in full board Min. €107

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