Ensex M.Barrand
Lac des Chavonnes © Eva Jungo
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Randonnée - Bretaye-Ensex-Encrène-Lac des Chavonnes

Bretaye-Ensex-Encrène-Lac des Chavonnes-Bretaye

Discover a panoramic hike

From the Bretaye station, take the road that descends towards Villars for 50m. Then take the track that starts on the left and that passes beneath the Roc à l'Ours. Follow this pleasant path to the hamlet of Ensex. Cross the village and go up the little pathway on the left that comes out on the Col d'Ecrène. Then go down the track that winds between the alders and that joins the Perche track. Go to the left and, just after the hamlet of Perche, take the track that intersects to the right towards Vy Boveyre. After you have got to the little mountain path, go left and follow it until you arrive above the lac des Chavonnes. A footpath on the left will get you to the lake side where you will find a delightful restaurant. Then you can carry on to the track that passes beneath the chairlift and that will bring yu back to Bretaye.

Practical information

Follow the official footpath signs

A few pointers:
- Plan your walk (route, length, weather).
- Make sure you’ve got the right equipment; sturdy footwear (climbing boots preferably), suitable clothing and protection from bad weather
- Take sufficient food and drink.
- Bring a first aid kit.
- Be attentive to changes in weather
- Close all gates behind you
- Put out fires and refrain from lighting fires in dry conditions
- Take your rubbish with you


Summer hiking map (application/pdf)

Technical data

Start point
9.2 km
Difference in height
416 Metres


From 1 mai 2019 to 31 oct. 2019

Along your way

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Bretaye Alpine pasture

Bretaye Alpine pasture


These alpine pastures stretch all around Bretaye, a delight for skiers during the winter. Farm visits and teas available.

Lac des Chavonnes

Lac des Chavonnes


This tranquil mountain lake, perched at 1,690 metres (in the heart of the Vaudois Alps), offers a unique setting in the heart of the forest. Follow the 2 kilometre path from the "Bretaye" train stop.

Restaurant du Lac des Chavonnes

Restaurant du Lac des Chavonnes


The Restaurant du Lac des Chavonnes is located near the pretty mountain lake with the same name. Nestling at an altitude of 1,690 metres in the heart of the Vaudois Alps in Villars-sur-Ollon, this restaurant welcomes guests in summer and winter in a charming and verdant setting.

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