3 Gorgeous Hikes in the French-Speaking Part of Switzerland

Although the Bernese part of the Swiss Alps is the most famous, the French speaking part has a lot of hidden gems. Here are a few of my favorite hikes in the Lausanne/Montreaux area: 1-Dent de Vaulion Near Romainmotier and the Joux Valley, this hike gives you a beautiful view overlooking Lac Leman (Lake Geneva)…

Day Trip from Lausanne: Romainmotier & Dent De Vaulion

On the French-Swiss border, there’s an ADORABLE old town and not far from it there’s a mountain, Dent de Vaulion, where you can see Lac Leman and the alps from the top! The trip is only about an hour drive from Lausanne and is definitely worth visiting if you’re in the area. (see 5 things…

Hiking in the Enchanting-Jaunbach Gorge

If you’re near the Gruyere Village or Cailler chocolate factory, it’s definitely worth a trip to the Jaunbach gorge. We did a portion of this trail– it started from Bulle to the Lac de Montsainens. It goes through little tunnels and next to a very bright, colorful river. At the very end, you go up…

Early Morning Hike Above the Clouds: Dent de Jaman

This particular morning was probably in the top 10 moments of my year. Waking up wayyy before the sun rises, driving to the pre-alps, running up Dent de Jaman in the dark and making it to the top above the clouds to see the sky turn cotton candy pink. The inversion of clouds covered Lac…

Hike: Pont D’Espagna to Frutiere by Vignemale

This is an AMAZING hike. If you only have time for one (long) hike, do this one. It starts at Pont D’Espangna and goes through Lac De Gaube, Refuge Des Oulettes, Lac D’Estom and ends in Frutiere! So basically, you get to see most of the big attractions in the same day. Duration: 8-10 hours…

Hike: Lac D’Ilheou

Gradual uphill to a stunning lake-bonus: the refuge right next to it makes ah-mazing omelets de fromage.  Directions: 1.Go from Cauterets to Cambasque (pretty well marked) 2.Once you get to Cambasque, follow the trail left of the lift house 3.Follow that trail all the way up, it’s pretty well worn 🙂 Duration: 3.5-6 hours total…

Hike: Tour Des Lacs

Most people that go to Pont d’Espagna hike to Lac Du Gaube and miss out on an amazing hike around over 3 different stunning lakes and the 2nd biggest refuge in France! Our favorite part of this hike was Lac Du Pourtet; the water is so blue, and since it’s in a valley the water is still and…

Hike: Cabaliros

From the top of Cabaliros, you can see sooo many mountain peaks in the Pyrenees-including Vignemale (my favorite, and the biggest mountain in the French side of the Pyrenees). We started out from Ferme Basque and it took us about 5 hours total, but we were trying to get back before 2pm so usually it…

Hike: Lac De Gaube

There isn’t much information online about how to get to Lac De Gaube from Cauterets…and if there is, it’s in French. So, here’s what you need to know. Duration from Cauterets-  Cauterets to Raillère: 30 mins. Raillère to Pont D’Espagne: 1.5 hours Pont D’Espagne to Lac De Gaube: 1 hour (or you can take a…