Col de La Croix © Max Coquard / Bestjobers
Bretaye - paysage été M.Barrand
Maison de Montagne - Bretaye - Paysage été M.Barrand
Ensex M.Barrand
Bretaye été © Roman Tyulyakov

Hiking - 4 - From Bretaye to Col de la Croix

Bretaye-Ensex-Col de la Croix

To get to the start of this walk, you can take the cogwheel train from Villars to Bretaye. When you get there, don’t forget to admire the view of Les Dents du Midi or Mont Blanc.
A few hundred metres below the train station, head in the direction of Ensex and the Col de la Croix, starting with a lovely walk along a wide forest path. You reach the charming village of Ensex with its authentic chalets creating a sense of tranquillity. Then keep walking along a path that will take you to the Col de la Croix, with its curious geological formations, the gypsum pyramids.
You can return along the same path or, during the summer, take the Villars-Les Diablerets bus (2 to 3 times a day).

Technical data

5.2 km
Difference in height
155 Metres


Office du Tourisme de Villars
Avenue Centrale 140
CP 100
1884 Villars-sur-Ollon - CH

Tel : +41 24 495 32 32


Summer hiking map (application/pdf)

Along your way

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Alpage de Bretaye

Alpage de Bretaye


Tommes de chèvre, snacks with local products, visits to animal sheds. Sheep, cows and goats. Milking from 4 to 6 p.m.

The ‘Pyramides de gypse’ (Gypsum Pyramids)

The ‘Pyramides de gypse’ (Gypsum Pyramids)


The gypsum pyramids are a geological curiosity formed by erosion, near the Col de la Croix between Villars and Les Diablerets. What an amazing discovery to make while out hiking!

Alpage du Col de la Croix

Alpage du Col de la Croix


Breakfast under reservation, fabrication of the Etivaz cheese. Cows, porcs, rabbits, sheeps, chicken. Milking from 5pm.

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