Katharen route vanuit La Maison Chabbert

Who dares to do it? Hiking from La Maison Chabbert via Narbonne to the Cathar Trail and via Carcassone back to Beaufort.

Fervent hikers Anja and Wim walked the 450 km in 18 days! On August 15 they returned to us and we  enjoyed their enthusiastic and special stories about beautiful nature, heavy climbs, countless ‘ webs ‘ of caterpillars, the heat wave and surprising accomodations.

There was more than enough variety. The hike led them through the Minervois, through the Parc Naturel Régional de la Narbonnaise en Méditerranée, along more than 10 Cathar castles and along the Canal du Midi.

There were a few things that Anja and Wim could not have fully foreseen. First the exceptional ‘canicule’ of this year with persistent temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees.

Although many hiking challenges have been undertaken before, they were surprised by the difficulty of the Cathar trail, such as the climb from 250 to 850 meters altitude in 3 km, phew!

They had a new and strange experience in forests, due to swarms of caterpillars. By hitting a stick, they had to pave their way through the web wires of the caterpillars.

Despite the difficulties, they very much enjoyed every day from the trip and especially the rewards afterwards: pleasant and surprising hostings with refreshing showers, cold beers and tasty meals.

Conclusion of Anja and Wim: hiking tour for experienced walkers, very worthwhile, but the advice to undertake the tour in a cooler period.

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