GR® de Pays: Around the Ventoux Massif – Circular hike from La Nesque to the Plague Wall


Two way loop







Positive elevation gain

2990 meters

Negative elevation gain

2990 meters


Min. 77 meters

Max. 866 meters

  • circuit
  • variante
  • liaison

Departure / Arrival

Pernes-les-Fontaines / Pernes-les-Fontaines


Sporting complex, Avenue René Char, Pernes-les-Fontaines.

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Tourist service in Pernes-les-Fontaines :

A 6-day or 3-day hiking tour, depending on how athletic you are (approx. 6 miles per day or 12 miles per day). A multi-day hike in the heart of the spectacular Gorges de la Nesque, as far as the Plague Wall, a page of Vaucluse history.
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A route combining nature and culture! The first part takes you through the Gorges de la Nesque, a canyon at the foot of Mont Ventoux which is home to several protected species of large birds of prey, including the golden eagle. After leaving the Gorges, the path follows a curious dry-stone structure that snakes its way across the plateau of the Vaucluse mountains. It is the Mur de la Peste, or “Plague Wall”, built in 1720 to protect the residents of Comtat Venaissin from the disease. Explore the many facets of this region!

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public transportation

By TER train line – serving Carpentras.
By Bus, Zou network Line 13 Carpentras – Cavaillon.

By Bus, TransCOVE network Line N Carpentras – Venasque (stop possible at La Roque-sur-Pernes or Venasque).

recommended parking

Sporting complex, Avenue René Char, Pernes-les-Fontaines.

road access

From the A7 Exit Avignon North, towards Carpentras.

To note

  • Follow the GRP® (yellow-red).

  • Choose autumn or spring to do this hiking tour.

  • Prepare for your hike.

  • Plan to have good walking shoes, water and clothes that are suitable for the weather.

If you want to report a problem on your hike (marking, maintenance, danger...), let us know on Suricate:
Access to the massifs
Respect the regulations preserving protected natural areas – find out about restrictions to accessing the massifs during fire risk periods, from 15 June to 15 September.
Before heading out, check the website

In brief

  • Within the territory of the Mont Ventoux Regional Nature Park.
  • Between Ventoux and Monts de Vaucluse, between natural and cultural heritage.
  • Crossing of many other GRP®, possibility to make variations.
  • Covered in 4 to 8 days.
  • Described clockwise.


Fédération Française de Randonnée de Vaucluse
Tel : View number 04 28 70 27 29
Website :

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