The undisputed highlight of this tour across an extensive grazing area is Mont Tendre, the highest point in the Swiss Jura. A mountain with stunning views of the Canton of Vaud and Lake Geneva. On a clear day, the panoramic views sweep all the way to the Alps and blue line of the Vosges.


Today’s stage begins by leading out of Le Pont on the same trail on which the previous stage ended. After a little more than half an hour, the trail heads off to the south and the ascent to the roof of the Swiss Jura begins.

Towering at 1,679 m above sea level, Mont Tendre is a highlight of the Jura hike for more than just its size. The view across the whole of Lake Geneva towards Mont Blanc and the Alps all the way to Vosges is one of the most glorious on the whole of the Jura Crest Trail.

With this sight in view, the descent to the Col du Marchairuz pass begins. The pass that connects Lac de Joux with the wine-growing regions of Lake Geneva. Far below, Nyon, the destination of the Jura Crest Trail, can already be spotted. Almost close enough to touch. In addition to the beautiful restaurant and hotel, you also have another surprise in store upon arrival at the Col du Marchairuz pass: a direct view of Mont Blanc between the trees.

Food/drink along the route

Accommodation options and food/drink

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

Technical information

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Start location
Le Pont
Col du Marchairuz
One way
1050 m
620 m
21 km
6 h 20 min
Duration back
6 h
May - October
With panoramic view, Through a nature conservation area, To a mountain peak
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Vallée de Joux Tourisme
Rue de L’Orbe 8
1347 Le Sentier

Phone  +41 (0)21 845 17 77

Quick Facts

Route number

Stage: 14/16


21 km


6 h 20 min


1050 m

Travel information: Le Pont