What would you say to going on an adventure for 2 or 3 days (your choice) roaming in the Gorges de l'Allier, on one of the wildest portions? This is the browsing experience offered by Tonic Adventure to sports and nature lovers through its “Packraft and bivouac in the Allier gorges”. And it's a novelty for 2023!

Three days of roaming to discover Gorges of the Allier and its spectacular landscapes; three days of gentle sport and thrills with around 5 hours of navigation per day on sometimes calm, sometimes lively waters; a bit of a walk; and finally two nights under the stars like a true adventurer! 5 expeditions are scheduled from May to September, all you have to do is choose the dates of your departure!

Day 1, five hours of sailing from Le Nouveau-Monde

Packraft and bivouac in the Allier gorges in Haute-Loire, Auvergne

Don't we say that the future belongs to those who get up early? The meeting is therefore early in the morning at Monistrol-d'Allier station to have time to meet Hervé Pichon ( David, the second guide), the guide who will accompany us in this crazy adventure and the other daring ones, with whom we will share the trip. Everyone prepares for the start, in joy and good humor with the haste to do battle...

Everybody is ready ? We embark on the train on the spectacular line of the Cevennes which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. From viaducts to tunnels, the spectacle is already striking... Direction: The new World ! (If, if, to Hat exactly), the starting point of our Packraft expedition.

The rush to get in the water is felt… Fortunately, it is quickly sated! The time to tame the equipment and the merry troop embarks on a first stage of 13 km on the waters of the Allier. Well-deserved picnic at noon, and tonight everyone will sleep in the middle of nature under tarp, a lightweight shelter in the form of stretched canvas, which really gives the impression of sleeping under the stars.

Day 2, walking and rafting in a portion of the gorges once closed to navigation

Canoeing in the Allier gorges in Haute-Loire, Auvergne

We wake up to the sound of birdsong and the lapping of the water... Let's go for a 2e day of navigation and not the least, since fast class 2 and 3 are waiting for us. The stage is 10 km this time but promises great sensations. After a first picnic stop at Pont d'Alleyras and a visit to the small village, we set off again on an adventure to the Poutès dam.

The Poutès dam, a structure like no other

Since 1941, the Poutès dam, nestled at an altitude of 650 m in the natural setting of the Haut-Allier gorges, supplies water to the Monistrol-d'Allier hydroelectric power station. The "New Poutès" is a flagship industrial project, which due to its technical operation and the innovations implemented at the service of biodiversity, is a first in the world of electricity.

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This time, we lay down our shoes firmly, it's walking that awaits us. 1 hour walk to bypass the dam. The inflatable rafts folded up well fixed on the back, we head towards a portion of the Allier still preserved, calm and wild, formerly closed to navigation. It is there, in this cinematic landscape, that we set up camp for our 2e night under the stars.

Day 3, last paddle strokes and return to Monistrol-d'Allier

Whitewater in the Allier gorges in Haute-Loire, Auvergne

The small + Sustainable tourism

Train journeys, refueling with local and waste-free food, accommodation in the middle of nature, we couldn't be more sustainable... The Packraft and bivouac of Tonic Aventure is an expedition model ecological industrial printing process !

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