Col de la Croix © Roman Tyulyakov
Col de la Croix © MaxCoquard / Bestjobers

Trekking - 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
Villars-sur-Ollon
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
4h30
Difference in height
553 Metres
Difficulty
Hard

Along your way

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Col de la Croix Alpine Pastures

Col de la Croix Alpine Pastures

Villars-sur-Ollon

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

Gryon

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.

Alpage of Les Chaux

Alpage of Les Chaux

Gryon

Cheese-making, sale of farm produce (tomme, cheeses and other house specialities)

The Solalex River

The Solalex River

Bex

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

Bex

The Refuge of Solalex is located in the heart of a charming and bucolic mountain pasture just a few kilometres away from Gryon and Villars. Savor dishes of the country in a typically mountain frame with a warm atmosphere in the corner of the fire.

Restaurant of the Mirror of the Argentina

Restaurant of the Mirror of the Argentina

Bex

The restaurant of the Mirror of the Argentina, lays on the bucolic pasture of Solalex in the Alps Vaudoises, 15 minutes away by car from Gryon and Villars. Open only in summer, the restaurant welcomes you from Wednesday till Sunday in a radiant natural case.

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