Randonnée Solalex été D.CARLIER / davidcarlierphotography.com
Col de la Croix © Roman Tyulyakov
Col de la Croix © MaxCoquard / Bestjobers
Alpage du Col de la Croix MaxCoquard / Bestjobers

Randonnée - From Bretaye to Solalex

Bretaye - Col de la Croix - Coufin - Taveyanne - Les Chaux - Solalex

Starting from Bretaye, about a hundred metres after the train stop, take a wide path towards Col de la Croix. Enjoy the panoramic views of Mont Blanc as you walk.

At Col de la Croix, you can admire the extraordinary geological feature of the gypsum pyramids or the sculpture illustrating the passage of the wolves by Olivier Estoppey.
After a hundred metres or so, you arrive at the Col de la Croix mountain pastures, where Etivaz, an AOC cheese made from cow’s milk, is still produced.

After this, walk back down to Coufin, then head for the typical hamlet of Taveyanne, where you can stop for a while at the Restaurant de Taveyanne to refuel. Then continue to Les Chaux and the restaurant that’s open during the summer season.
Near the top of the Les Chaux lift, you walk round the building and head in the direction of La Poreyre along a sloping path.
Then head left in the direction of Solalex to the foot of the impressive Miroir d'Argentine, where you can cool off in the pure water of the Avançon that flows to Solalex.

Practical information

Transport :
There’s a bus service from Aigle station to Villars via Ollon all year round (TPC)

To get to the start of this hike, the cogwheel train runs from Villars to Bretaye every hour.
To get back, a bus runs from Solalex to Gryon or Villars 4 times a day during the summer period.
Both are included in the Free Access Card.

Technical data

Start point
15.5 km
Difference in height
553 Metres


From May 1, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019

Along your way

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Col de la Croix Alpine Pastures

Col de la Croix Alpine Pastures


The Col de la Croix alpine pastures on the Col de La Croix road, half-way between Villars and Les Diablerets, are not to be missed.

Refuge of Taveyanne

Refuge of Taveyanne


The Refuge of Taveyanne is located in an authentic and typical mountain hamlet historically classified which still lives today without power. Savor a local cooking in a warm and family frame in this timeless place in beam and roofs of shingles.

Les Chaux Mountain Farm & Chalet

Les Chaux Mountain Farm & Chalet


Overlooking Gryon, Les Chaux Mountain Farm & Chalet offers spectacular views.

The Solalex River

The Solalex River


Discover the magnificent valley of Solalex and sit on the shore of the Avençon of Anzeinde locally known as the Solalex river. The tray of Solalex seems to be the young protected from the impressive Massif of Diablerets and from the Mirror of Argentina. In full mountain but quite smoothly and without feeling of dizziness, discover this accessible haven of peace to all.

Refuge de Solalex

Refuge de Solalex


The Refuge of Solalex is located in the heart of a charming mountain pasture just a few miles from the villages of Gryon and Villars. It offers terroir dishes in a typical mountain setting with a cordial atmosphere and a fireplace.

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