Mont Tendre: From Mollendruz to Marchairuz
Distance 16 km
Duration 4 h 30 min
Ascent 681 m
Towering 1,679 metres above sea level, Mont Tendre is the highest peak in the Swiss Jura and offers superlative 360-degree panoramic views.
Starting from Col du Mollendruz, the five-hour Mont Tendre Trail climbs 500 metres up Mont Tendre before following a gentle descent to Col du Marchairuz. The route passes through the heart of the Jura Vaudois Nature Park, a firm favourite among leisurely hikers with its 523 kilometres of marked paths. Shortly before the summit, the path up Mont Tendre from Col du Mollendruz offers a treat for weary legs: the Buvette du Mont Tendre offers a diverse menu of hearty homemade fare in portions designed to satisfy hungry hikers! The restaurant also boasts a huge terrace affording glorious views over Lake Geneva and to the Alps beyond.
This picture-postcard panorama is only surpassed by the 360-degree views from the summit of Mont Tendre, which extend from the Savoy Alps to the Bernese Alps and from the Vosges to La Dôle.
The descent follows a gentle route through park-like surroundings to Col du Marchairuz. Dry-stone walls are a familiar sight in the upland pastures of the Jura. Built to mark out land boundaries and contain grazing animals, these walls also provide an ideal habitat for lizards and insects. The giant colony of carpenter ants on Col du Marchairuz is the only one of its kind in Europe.
The Col du Mollendruz and Col du Marchairuz passes are both served by the postal bus.
An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted
Col du Mollendruz
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4 h 30 min
June - October
With panoramic view, Through a nature conservation area, To a mountain peak, Over a pass, Food along the road