Randonnée - La Para Summit

Lac Retaud - Isenau - Metreile - Arpille - La Para (2'540m)- Col de Seron - Arpille - Chalet d'Isenau - Isenau

A challenging route with an impressive 360 vista at the summit

From Lake Retaud follow the road to Isenau. From Isenau, follow the road for about 200 metres then the footpath to La Crua and keep going to Metreile. From Metreile, climb the steep path to Arpille, then keep going to the summit of La Para. From the summit, the path heads down to Col du Seron, then to Arpille. From here, keep going on the narrow path that crosses below the summit of La Chaux to the Isenau Mountain Chalet, then to La Marnèche snack bar and then back to your starting point in Lake Retaud.

Try some of the local produce at the Isenau Mountain Chalet (cheese, serac, etc).
On your way to La Para, you might be lucky to get a glimpse of some ibex and marmots while you walk.
Stop at the La Marnèche snack bar with its beautiful terrace offering stunning views of the Les Diablerets mountains.

Practical information

Take the postbus from Les Diablerets railway station to Col du Pillon then Diablobus from Col du Pillon to Lake Retaud (during the Free Access Card period).

By car from les Diablerets to Lake Retaud

Parking :
Free parking at Col du Pillon and Lake Retaud.
Follow the official footpath signs

A few tips and recommendations:
- Plan your walk (route, length, weather).
- Dress appropriately: sturdy footwear (climbing boots preferable), suitable clothing and wet weather gear
- Take sufficient food and drinks.
- First aid kit
- Be attentive to changes in weather
- Do not trample on grass or crops
- Close all gates behind you
- Put out fires, and do not make fires in the event of drought
- Take your rubbish with you
- If in doubt, turn back early


Summer hiking map (application/pdf)


Office du Tourisme des Diablerets
Chemin du Collège 2
1865 Les Diablerets

Tel : +41 (0)24 492 00 10

Technical data

Start point
Les Diablerets
12.5 km
Difference in height
888 Metres


From 1 juin 2019 to 30 nov. 2019

Along your way

Restaurant du lac Retaud

Restaurant du lac Retaud

Les Diablerets

Lake Retaud nestles at an altitude of 1,685 metres directly opposite Glacier3000. This haven of peace offers walks in summer and winter as well as a restaurant with an adjoining, sunny terrace for fans of hiking, cross-country skiing and other winter sports.

Buvette de la Marnèche - Isenau

Buvette de la Marnèche - Isenau

Les Diablerets

This alpine chalet which has been home to the Berruex family for over 40 years offers stunning views of the Ormonts valley: Les Diablerets, Le Muveran, Les Dents du Midi, Leysin, Les Tours d'Aï and Mayen.

Chalet d'Isenau

Chalet d'Isenau

Les Diablerets

Come to Chalet d'Isenau, one of the sites selected to produce L'Etivaz, AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) and find out how the cheese is really made in Les Diablerets.

Our region on social networks

Terms and conditions

What if our personalised recommendations don’t suit you?

you can choose to base the recommendations displayed on your own requirements and interests. Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure, family activities or a gourmet trip with your spouse, the suggestions made will be based on your own preferences.

You want to find out what the local tourist attractions are based on your current location?

You can use the map on each page to establish your location and find local points of interest. So you’ll be able to explore the canton, region by region, select the places you’re going to visit along a planned route and get a quick idea of what a town has to offer you.

You want to make your own selection? Just store your top picks in favourites!

If you want to store your selection, print it, export it to your free smartphone app "Vaud:Guide” or share it with your friends, you'll can do all this with “Favourites”.

You want to share your wish list And your choices with your friends? That’s simple!