Montbovon (780 m) – Cabane de Bounavau (1620 m), distance 13 km, walking time 4h30  4h

Walk through the undulating, wooded countryside of the Intyamon, with some wonderful features including a covered bridge, the village of Lessoc and its famous fountain, the waterfall and grotto in Grandvillard, before heading off to the mountain pastures and the rugged landscape of the Vanil Noir. Accommodation in the Cabane (CAS) de Bounavau. It is worth taking binoculars to observe the abundant wildlife in the Pro Natura reserve.


  • Distance : 13 km

  • Walking time → 4h30 ← 4h

  • Altitude : lowest point 770 m; highest point 1651 m

  • Elevation gain/drop : → + 1083 m ; - 229 m ← + 229 m ; - 1083 m


Level of difficulty : experienced hikers 
Material : hiking shoes, picnic (overnight stay at Bounavau includes dinner), weather-appropriate clothing (NB : mountain weather is very changeable)
Hiking map : 1:25,000 (mpa Géodistribution) : La Gruyère or Montreux – Pays-d'Enhaut
Hiking map : 1: 50,000 (swisstopo - FSTP) : 262T Rochers-de-Naye
Hiking map : 1:40'000 (Kümmerly+Frey) : Parc Gruyères Pays-d'Enhaut - Order the card : 20.- (+2.- of shipping costs). 


Accommodation in Montbovon

La Combaz-d'Amont, B&B, +41 (0)26 928 16 79, www.combazdamont.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BnB Bois de Rêves, Les Morets 4, +41 (0)26 928 20 37, boisdereves.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hôtel de la Gare, Route de l’Intyamon 332, +41 (0)26 928 10 88,


Accommodation at Bounavau

Cabane CAS de Bounavau. Open every day from 2 June to 16 September; Saturdays and Sundays throughout September and the first weekend of October. Booking required. No dining facilities (only soup and drinks sold) but a self-catering kitchen is available. Information and bookings (required) +41 (0) 79 603 68 78,


Public transport

Information and timetables :, Bulle train station, +41 (0)26 913 05 11
Montbovon: train TPF (Bulle – Montbovon), train MOB (Montreux – Zweisimmen)
Cabane de Bounavau: no public transport service. Nearest stop: Grandvillard



As you leave Montbovon, head towards the lake and walk along its left bank. Follow the path that leads to the village of Lessoc, passing two bridges over the Sarine, including a covered one with a shingle roof. In the centre of Lessoc, dominated by the famous fountain with the silver-tiled roof, the path takes you to the church. Continue for 400 metres and then take a path to your right. Once you reach the hamlet of Le Bu, it is worthwhile taking a brief detour to the octagonal chapel. Be careful not to set off again along the road: the path continues slightly higher up, towards the Comb’Arimbourg, and then Grandvillard. As you reach the village, the path continues to the right of the historic Maison du Banneret, towards the wayside cross (point 936). Follow the road and then enter the forest. After you have crossed the stream, there is a path to the left. This runs alongside the Rio des Marais stream as far as a new road, which it crosses. You will then see the Chalet des Baudes and the car park of the same name. The path follows the road, which is suitable for vehicles, as far as La Coudré. From there, a path climbs up to the Cabane de Bounavau.



Covered bridge in Lessoc
Water fountain in Lessoc
Waterfall and grotto in Grandvillard
Maison du Banneret in Grandvillard



This stage borders a mountain farm where livestock guard dogs might be present. Learn the correct behaviour to adopt if you encounter livestock guard dogs.



Dogs are not allowed in the Vanil Noir reserve.



Place du Village 6 
1660 Château-d'Œx
+41 (0) 26 924 76 93

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+41 (0) 848 110 888

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 Avec le soutien de l'Office fédéral de l'environnement (OFEV) ainsi que des cantons de Berne, Fribourg et Vaud