Starting point and approach walk
Aqua trekking day and Aquatic day hike in the Gorges du Verdon. Many guides (canyon and river) agree that the most beautiful aquatic hike in the Verdon is the one we will talk about in this article; The day”. Everything happens on the left bank of the Verdon, the departure as the arrival. In a no man’s land located between Aiguines and the Chaulière bridge on the D71, is the Auberge des Cavaliers, the meeting point for all those who want to participate in the adventure.
After having tried its equipment (neoprene suit, life jacket and helmet), the picnic is enclosed in a waterproof container. Each one loads his package in a canyoning bag specially adapted to the activity and we leave for forty minutes of walk on a “technical” path which takes us to the loan of 400 meters below, at the edge of the Verdon.
Aqua Trekking Day progress
A short break and we are already putting on the equipment. It left for an hour and a half – two hours of swimming in the river bed. We learn to use the current to orient ourselves on one side or the other, we test ourselves on small jumps in a breathtaking setting; turquoise water, very high cliffs .. The lunch break arrives, usually on a small sunny beach. Then we leave for an hour and a half – two hours in the water.
Then there will be higher and more impressive jumps in ever more fabulous settings. The corridor then the Stix rapids. And finally; The Imbut (the funnel in Provençale). The river has found its way through a chaos of huge rocks and gives the impression of becoming underground. It is at the bottom of this magical cave that the most daring will seek the final big jump. We take off on the beach of Imbut taking advantage of the last rays of sun (it leaves much earlier in the canyon).
The bag on the back, it’s off for the ascent! 400 meters of uneven, an hour of walking on a path made very difficult by the use of time but currently under renovation at the time or wrote this article. A good final walk, a few dizzying passages and we find the D71. You reach the Auberge des Cavaliers by truck or your favorite guide will invite you to have a drink on the panoramic terrace of the Hotel. Exhausted but happy, you will remember this day!