268 Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert
268 Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert

Snowshoe trekking

Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert

Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert

La Valsainte–La Valsainte

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Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert

Parcours du Pré-de-l’Essert

A circular walk, the ideal itinerary for people who enjoy peace and nature. The trail leads you through a "wild" valley, to Les Reposoirs and the Pré de l'Essert. Interesting buildings on the way: The site of the Chartreuse de la Valsainte at the starting point and the highest farm in the canton of Fribourg.
The tour begins at the Valsainte monastery. A postal bus will take you there. Founded in 1294, the Chartreuse de la Valsainte still houses monks today. Go around the monastery to join the path that goes down into the forest. The route crosses the Javro by a magnificent bridge covered in tavillons.

Join Les Reposoirs by a pleasant ascent in the forest and then through a pasture, before reaching the road leading to La Scie. Turn left towards the Pré de l'Essert farm, the highest farm in the canton of Fribourg, then the chapel of the same name built in 1146 by the monks of Hauterive. Follow the trail to the forest and cross the Rio de Grattavache. After passing near La Grosse Reynauda, you go down towards Le Javro, which you will cross via a footbridge.

You will join the starting path towards Valsainte. The trail is marked in both directions with retro-reflective markings. It is possible to reach the start of the loop with the Alpine bus, at the stop La Valsainte; the route is also accessible by car.
A circular walk, the ideal itinerary for people who enjoy peace and nature. The trail leads you through a "wild" valley, to Les Reposoirs and the Pré de l'Essert. Interesting buildings on the way: The site of the Chartreuse de la Valsainte at the starting point and the highest farm in the canton of Fribourg.
The tour begins at the Valsainte monastery. A postal bus will take you there. Founded in 1294, the Chartreuse de la Valsainte still houses monks today. Go around the monastery to join the path that goes down into the forest. The route crosses the Javro by a magnificent bridge covered in tavillons.

Join Les Reposoirs by a pleasant ascent in the forest and then through a pasture, before reaching the road leading to La Scie. Turn left towards the Pré de l'Essert farm, the highest farm in the canton of Fribourg, then the chapel of the same name built in 1146 by the monks of Hauterive. Follow the trail to the forest and cross the Rio de Grattavache. After passing near La Grosse Reynauda, you go down towards Le Javro, which you will cross via a footbridge.

You will join the starting path towards Valsainte. The trail is marked in both directions with retro-reflective markings. It is possible to reach the start of the loop with the Alpine bus, at the stop La Valsainte; the route is also accessible by car.
9 km | 1 Stage
420 m | 420 m
4 h 00 min
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return La Valsainte, Couvent
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 15th of December to 15th of March (depending on snow levels).
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Signalization

Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.

Hints

Snowshoe hire
Snowshoes can be hired locally at the Luthy sports store in Charmey.
www.luthy-sport.ch

Contact

La Gruyère Tourisme
Place des Alpes 26
1630 Bulle
Tel. +41 (0)848 424 424
www.la-gruyere.ch/raquettes

Services

Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization