Aqua trekking – Le Couloir Samson – Grand Canyon Entrance

Aqua trekking –
“Le couloir Samson”
– Grand Canyon entrance

Détails de l’activité

Aqua trekking – «Le Couloir Samson» – Grand Canyon entrance

Informations :

From 12 years old

The activity takes place in the Grand Canyon du Verdon.

Activity feasible only on days when the dam upstream of the river is closed:

July / August: Monday – Wednesday – Thursday – Saturday – Sunday

Rest of the year: Information communicated by EDF the day before :

Requirements :

Be in good physical condition and not suffer from any medical contraindication to the practice of sport.

Know how to swim and be comfortable in the water

Equipment needed:

A good pair of sneakers – Required
A swimsuit, Shorts
A towel
A bag for dry items
A water bottle

A cord for glasses (1 € on site) or lenses

We provide:

Full neopren wetsuit
Safety equipment

Aquatic Trekking activity presentation

The Rando Aqua is the flagship activity of the Verdon, the only possibility to visit the great gorges or the grand canyon by swimming, it has become the essential activity in the region.

You will have to wait until the dam is closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August to come and visit the preserved and protected area of ​​the Grand Canyon du Verdon.

The “Samson corridor” , front door of Grand Canyon du Verdon is the most vertiginous part of the Gorges.

Equipped with 5mm neoprene wetsuits, floating vests and all the equipment necessary for the good performance of your activity, you will be able to take full advantage of the ride.

Always under the benevolence of your guide who will accompany you, you will receive some information and instructions concerning the attitude to adopt but also on the importance of respecting the correct path so as not to deteriorate and to learn more about the fragile ecosystem of the Verdon!

Become the benchmark in terms of Aqua hike in Castellane,this route will know sublimate your senses throughout the excursion.

Without being from canyoning , because more accessible, technical passages await you!

True natural sanctuaries , almost inaccessible to navigation ( rafting , canoe ), come and discover timeless places and contemplate the immense limestone cliffs rising majestically several hundred meters above you.

An unforgettable trip of 2 hours to do whether you are alone, with family or friends, in the heart of Verdon Regional Nature Park (PNRV).

Children will also enjoy it from 12 years old with Haute Provence Outdoor .

Prepare your Aqua trekking excursioninthe Gorges du Verdon

We will meet you at our base located just next to the Huttopia “Gorges du Verdon” campsite at the time indicated in your confirmation email. Once there, you will meet your instructor (guide). We have changing rooms at your disposal, to change and leave your belongings, we advise you to leave your valuables in your vehicle. Your guide will give you your equipment, once dressed, we will take our mini-bus to reach the starting point of your activity. A walk of about 10 min up some stairs will lead us to the start of the route. On site, before taking the plunge, you will be given a briefing on the activity’s progress and safety instructions.

Presentation of the activity

Unlike canyoning,Aqua trekking is not a vertical activity, it does not require a rope and all obstacles can be avoided. During your descent, you will evolve in the enchanting scenery of the Grand Canyon and will therefore take turns swimming in the middle of the characteristic turquoise water of the Verdon, rapids or even jumps. Some technical passages await you but nothing insurmountable!


Once the descent is complete, it will be necessary about 20 min walk by the end of Blanc Martel trail to reach the mini-bus. The return is via tunnels. You will then be taken back to the campsite where you can collect your belongings, before resuming your day!


  Age requis Prérequis Durée Prix
"The Samson Hall" 12 years To swim 25 m 3:30 50 €


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Access map

Map - Aqua trekking - Le couloir Samson