Chemin des pyramides de Gypse
Chemin des pyramides de Gypse

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Chemin des pyramides de Gypse

Chemin des pyramides de Gypse

Bretaye–Bretaye

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Chemin des pyramides de Gypse

Chemin des pyramides de Gypse

Thrilling hike from Bretaye around the Chaux Ronde ridge. On the way, three mountain lakes, idyllic alpine pastures, superb panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif – and the famous gypsum pyramids near Col de la Croix.
The Bretaye railway station (at 1,800 metres above sea level) can be reached by a narrow-gauge railway from Villars. The backdrop at the start of your hike: Mont Blanc, Dents du Midi and the entire Vaud Alps. The circular route around the Chaux Ronde, a 2,000-metre-high ridge, begins on the south-facing plateau. Just below the Roc à l’Ours rock formation, the trail leads to the picturesque alpine hamlet of Ensex. This section again offers sweeping views of the famous Dents du Midi and to the imposing Grand Muveran.

After the alpine meadows, you arrive at the Col de la Croix (1,778 metres) mountain pass, connecting Villars and Les Diablerets. A particular highlight awaits you here: the pointed gypsum pyramids. Water and wind have eroded these sedimentary geological structures over the years and shaped them into magnificent rock formations. Their karst morphology bears witness to a unique geological history. Surrounded by pristine nature, the route continues to Col d'Encrène and then down to the Perche alpine meadows.

Cows, marmots, and chamois will be your companions on the way to Lake Chavonnes. Continue along the mountain lake, which lies nestled between rock cliffs and unspoilt forests. Legend has it that the lake holds a hidden treasure guarded by the monster of Lake Chavonnes. The white diamonds on the lake's bottom can still be seen twinkling in the moon- or sunlight. In reality, it's a rock encrusted with pyrite, a shiny mineral. The lake below Chamossaire is flanked by beautiful mountain chalets with traditional tavillons (wooden tiles) roofs.
Thrilling hike from Bretaye around the Chaux Ronde ridge. On the way, three mountain lakes, idyllic alpine pastures, superb panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif – and the famous gypsum pyramids near Col de la Croix.
The Bretaye railway station (at 1,800 metres above sea level) can be reached by a narrow-gauge railway from Villars. The backdrop at the start of your hike: Mont Blanc, Dents du Midi and the entire Vaud Alps. The circular route around the Chaux Ronde, a 2,000-metre-high ridge, begins on the south-facing plateau. Just below the Roc à l’Ours rock formation, the trail leads to the picturesque alpine hamlet of Ensex. This section again offers sweeping views of the famous Dents du Midi and to the imposing Grand Muveran.

After the alpine meadows, you arrive at the Col de la Croix (1,778 metres) mountain pass, connecting Villars and Les Diablerets. A particular highlight awaits you here: the pointed gypsum pyramids. Water and wind have eroded these sedimentary geological structures over the years and shaped them into magnificent rock formations. Their karst morphology bears witness to a unique geological history. Surrounded by pristine nature, the route continues to Col d'Encrène and then down to the Perche alpine meadows.

Cows, marmots, and chamois will be your companions on the way to Lake Chavonnes. Continue along the mountain lake, which lies nestled between rock cliffs and unspoilt forests. Legend has it that the lake holds a hidden treasure guarded by the monster of Lake Chavonnes. The white diamonds on the lake's bottom can still be seen twinkling in the moon- or sunlight. In reality, it's a rock encrusted with pyrite, a shiny mineral. The lake below Chamossaire is flanked by beautiful mountain chalets with traditional tavillons (wooden tiles) roofs.
12 km | 1 Stage
560 m | 560 m
3 h 40 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Col-de-Bretaye
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Hint
The train timetable connecting Villars to Bretaye can be obtained on the website of TPC or at Villars Tourisme. Please check train times carefully before embarking on your excursion.

Contact

Villars Tourisme
Rue Centrale
1884 Villars-sur-Ollon
Tel. +41 (0)24 495 32 32
information@villars.ch
www.villars.ch

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Places of interest

Three high-altitude lakes
Three high-altitude lakes
Gypsum pyramids
Gypsum pyramids
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Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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