1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina

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Via Alpina

Stage 20, Rochers de Naye–Montreux

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Via Alpina

From Rochers de Naye with its marmots, rock-restaurant and panorama of hundreds of crags and summits, the route leads along a steep ridge and sandstone cliff trail, later down over Mediterranean hills to Montreux.
The impressive rock formation of Rochers-de-Naye is considered Montreux’s very own mountain. The view from the peak across Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps is breathtaking. When the weather is clear you may even see Eiger and Mont Blanc. Initially, the trail is somewhat steep as it leads downhill in view of Tour de Mayen and Tour d’Ai and the green ridge of Pointe d’Aveneyre. If you’re lucky, you might spot a marmot or two around here.

Near Les Dentaux the long-distance view ranges from Lake Geneva to the Savoy Alps. The spectacular trail winding down the cliff is secured with a handrail most of the way. After a 90-degree turn you reach the treeline and the shaded path continues down to Caux, where it changes to a broad gravel trail and later to a paved road. Make sure you stop in Caux and enjoy the incredible views. You then take the road through the village of Glion and descend into the Chauderon Gorge.

A path leads past the boulders polished by the Baye de Montreux mountain creek. On the way down you will have to make your way through some narrow passages with towering cliffs covered in ivy. And here in Montreux on Lake Geneva is where the Via Alpina ends. The town, surrounded by mountains, lake and terraced vineyards, is famous for its annual jazz festival. Because of the mild climate, Montreux is often compared to the Riviera. The lake promenade is lined with flowers, cypresses, pine trees and palm trees. After almost 400 km the end of the Via Alpina couldn’t be any more awe-inspiring.
From Rochers de Naye with its marmots, rock-restaurant and panorama of hundreds of crags and summits, the route leads along a steep ridge and sandstone cliff trail, later down over Mediterranean hills to Montreux.
The impressive rock formation of Rochers-de-Naye is considered Montreux’s very own mountain. The view from the peak across Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps is breathtaking. When the weather is clear you may even see Eiger and Mont Blanc. Initially, the trail is somewhat steep as it leads downhill in view of Tour de Mayen and Tour d’Ai and the green ridge of Pointe d’Aveneyre. If you’re lucky, you might spot a marmot or two around here.

Near Les Dentaux the long-distance view ranges from Lake Geneva to the Savoy Alps. The spectacular trail winding down the cliff is secured with a handrail most of the way. After a 90-degree turn you reach the treeline and the shaded path continues down to Caux, where it changes to a broad gravel trail and later to a paved road. Make sure you stop in Caux and enjoy the incredible views. You then take the road through the village of Glion and descend into the Chauderon Gorge.

A path leads past the boulders polished by the Baye de Montreux mountain creek. On the way down you will have to make your way through some narrow passages with towering cliffs covered in ivy. And here in Montreux on Lake Geneva is where the Via Alpina ends. The town, surrounded by mountains, lake and terraced vineyards, is famous for its annual jazz festival. Because of the mild climate, Montreux is often compared to the Riviera. The lake promenade is lined with flowers, cypresses, pine trees and palm trees. After almost 400 km the end of the Via Alpina couldn’t be any more awe-inspiring.
13 km
100 m | 1650 m
3 h 50 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rochers-de-Naye
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Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections.

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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note rail recommendation No. 219 Rochers de Naye–Montreux.
Ascent Rochers-de-Naye
219
Ascent Rochers-de-Naye
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Montreux–Rochers-de-Naye
or
Rochers-de-Naye–Montreux
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1600m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Montreux
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Contact

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Services

Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Auberge de Jeunesse Montreux-Territet
Montreux
Hôtel Helvétie
Hôtel Helvétie
Montreux
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Bookable offers

1 Via Alpina: Vaud
1 Via Alpina: Vaud
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Places

Rochers-de-Naye
Rochers-de-Naye
Montreux
Montreux
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Places of interest

Chillon Castle
Chillon Castle
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Signalization

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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