Grand Tour des Vanils hike
Hike through the typical countryside of the Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park over 11 days: over Alpine meadows and peaks, through villages and forests.
Newly waymarked in 2018, the 11 daily stages of this hike pass through the Gruyère Pays d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park. This region is the birthplace of Gruyère AOP and Étivaz AOP and offers unique experiences in nature, not to mention an insight into the fascinating world of Alpine herdsmen. The 157-kilometre multi-day hike boasts breathtaking panoramic views of valleys and lakes, the Alps, Swiss Plateau and Jura.
“Vanil” means “rock” or “rocky mountain peak” in Fribourg patois. Many of these striking mountain peaks line the route in the nature park between the famous Vanil Noir, the highest mountain in the Fribourg Prealps, and the Vanil Carré in Châteaux-d’Oex (Canton Vaud). The route connects up diverse pre-Alpine landscapes of outstanding natural beauty. Active alpine farming, restaurants and mountain inns also promise amazing experiences. The hike is suitable for experienced mountain hikers (sure-footed and with a good head for heights). Although the stages are estimated at an average of fewer than six hours per day, hikers are advised to prepare well for this hike Public transport offers great flexibility. You can spend the night in mountain huts, guestrooms or hotels along the route.
1st stage: Charmey – Brecca, 16km, 5hrs 40min
2nd stage: Brecca – Soldatenhaus, 15km, 5hrs 40min
3rd stage: Soldatenhaus – Les Marindes, 12km, 4hrs 25min
4th stage: Les Marindes – Château-d’Oex, 13km, 3hrs 40min
5th stage: Château-d’Oex – L’Etivaz, 13km, 5hrs 30min
6th stage: L’Etivaz – Col des Mosses, 14km, 5hrs
7th stage: Col des Mosses – Rossinière, 16km, 4hrs 45min
8th stage: Rossinière – Allières, 13km, 4hrs 25min
9th stage: Allières – Montbovon, 18km, 6hrs
10th stage: Montbovon – Bounavau, 13km, 4hrs 40min
11th stage: Bounavau – Charmey, 16km, 6hrs
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
June - October
With panoramic view