Trekking - From Bretaye to Solalex

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

This hike will delight lovers of typical alpine landscapes.

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
Positive altitude difference
553 Metres
Negative altitude difference
898 Metres
Difficulty
Hard

Dates

From May 1, 2021 to Oct 31, 2021

Along your way

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.

The Refuge de Taveyanne

The Refuge de Taveyanne

Gryon

The Refuge de Taveyanne is located in a traditional mountain village, is classified as an historical monument and still operates without electricity today.

Les Chaux Mountain Farm & Chalet

Les Chaux Mountain Farm & Chalet

Gryon

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

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!

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 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.

La Boille ô Chaux

La Boille ô Chaux

Gryon

Ideally located in the heart of the Villars-Gryon-Les Diablerets ski area, La Boille ô Chaux offers regional cuisine in a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Restaurant du Miroir d'Argentine

Restaurant du Miroir d'Argentine

Bex

The restaurant Miroir d’Argentine sits surrounded by the lush mountain pastures of Solalex in the Alpes vaudoises, about 15 minutes from Gryon and Villars. Open all summer, the restaurant welcomes you in an unspoilt natural setting and offers authentic, creative cuisine at the foot of the Miroir d’Argentine.

Train Bex-Villars-Bretaye (BVB)

Train Bex-Villars-Bretaye (BVB)

It's a 45-minute trip on the BVB from Bex to Villars, through spectacular alpine valleys.

Bretaye 1808

Bretaye 1808

Villars-sur-Ollon

Ideally situated at the terminus of the Bex-Villars-Bretaye cogwheel train, the Bretaye 1808 restaurant offers panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The ideal place for getting together with family or friends to share the traditional flavours on offer, the cosy restaurant also welcomes skiers in the winter while the terrace is perfect for hikers in the summer.

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