Mont Tendre: From Mollendruz to Marchairuz

Mollendruz - Marchairuz

At 1679 meters Mont Tendre is the highest peak in the Swiss Jura and offers the finest 360 degree panoramic vista. The Mont Tendre Trail takes 5 hours from Col du Mollendruz, ascending 500 metres to Mont Tendre and leading gently back down to Col du Marchairuz.

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Technical information

Starting point:Mollendruz
Destination:Col du Marchairuz
Getting to the starting point:bus to Mollendruz
Getting to the destination:bus from Col du Marchairuz
Physical fitness:difficult
Hiking time:5h00
Season:June till October


It runs right through the middle of the Jura Vaudois Nature Reserve, which with its 523 kilometres of marked trails is especially popular with casual hikers. The ascent from Col du Mollendruz to Mont Tendre is amply rewarded just before the summit, where the Chalet du Mont Tendre awaits you with hearty but diverse home cooked meals in portions fit for hikers. And from the huge terrace you can enjoy fantastic views across Lake Geneva to the Alps.

This picture perfect panorama is only bested by the vista from the peak of Mont Tendre. From here the panoramic view reaches from the Savoy to the Bernese Alps and from the Vosges to La Dole.

The descent then takes you gently through a park-like landscape to Col du Marchairuz. Dry stone walls are especially typical of the high plateaus of the Jura. These were built as property boundaries and to enclose pastures, but they also provide an ideal habitat for lizards and insects. The enormous colony of wood ants on Col du Marchairuz is unique in Europe.

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There and back

Arriving: Post bus to Mollendruz
Returning: Post bus from Col du Marchairuz It runs right through the middle of the Jura Vaudois Nature Reserve, which is with its 523 kilometres of marked trails especially popular with casual hikers.

The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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