Cabane de Bounavau (1620 m) – Charmey (890 m), distance 15,8 km, walking time 6h  7h

This stage begins in the wilderness, an area completely free from noise pollution of any kind. It takes you through several mountain dairy farms where Gruyère d’alpage AOP is made. Tsermon offers a panoramic view of Haute-Gruyère. From here, the trail continues through the gentle landscape of Le Motélon valley before climbing to the top of the right flank of the valley, then further on to the Vanil de la Monse. The hike is downhill from here and ends in the hamlet of La Tzintre.

 

  • Distance: 15,8 km

  • Walking time: → 6 hrs; ←7 hrs 

  • Altitude: lowest point 856 m; highest point 1792 m

  • Elevation gain/drop → + 839 m, - 1593 m;  ← + 1593 m; - 839 m

 

 

Level of difficulty : experienced hikers 
Material : hiking shoes, picnic (and evening meal and overnight stay at Bounavau), weather-appropriate clothing (NB : mountain weather is very changeable)
Hiking map : 1:25,000 (mpa Géodistribution) : La Gruyère

 

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, www.cas-gruyere.ch

 

Accommodation in Charmey

Hôtel Cailler, Gros Plan 28, +41 (0) 26 927 62 62, www.hotel-cailler.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hôtel Restaurant Le Sapin, Rue du Centre 25, +41 (0)26 927 23 23, www.hotel-le-sapin.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
L’Etoile, Rue du Centre 21, +41 (0)26 927 50 50, www.etoile.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
‘Sleep in the straw’, Gebhard and Michèle Schuwey, La Précorne, +41 (026) 927 15 21, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Centre réformé, Riau de la Maula 28, +41 (0)26 927 58 18, www.centre-reforme.chThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Public transport

Information and timetables : www.sbb.ch, Bulle train station, +41 (0)26 913 05 11
Cabane de Bounavau : no public transport service. Nearest stop: Grandvillard
Charmey : bus TPF (No. 245 from Fribourg and No. 260 from Bulle). StopCharmey

 

Itinerary

From Bounavau, head towards the Chalet de Tsermon. Walk down towards Le Motélon valley, first on the footpath, then on the road that runs along the Riau du Motélon. Continue for 2.5 kilometres. Just after you walk past the Chalet de La Générale, walk uphill towards La Vonderrveire. At point 1341, turn left and head towards the Gros Haut Crêt mountain farm. The hike to the Vanil de la Monse is very hilly. Walk through the Les Plans mountain farm, turn right and continue walking downhill until you reach the La Jogne river. Cross the river. The hamlet of La Tzintre is on the other side. Continue on until you reach the centre of Charmey village.

 

Highlights

Mountain farm chalets: Varvalannaz d'Amont, Varvalannaz du Milieu, Varvalannaz d'Avau (Gruyère d’alpage AOP).
La Tzintre cheese cellars. 
La Tzintre forge.

 

Warning

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.

 

Notes

Dogs are not allowed in the the Vanil Noir reserve.
The Pinte du Pralet (Le Motélon Valley), open every day except Mondays, from June to October, +41 (0)26 921 15 82 or +41 (0)79 380 79 31

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET REFUNDS

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKET REFUNDS

When you produce a valid public transport ticket for the dates of your package, we will refund you the price of a half-fare public transport ticket from your home in Switzerland (or from your point of entry in Switzerland) to your destination in the Park. If you decide to stay for two or more additional nights in the Park – either prior to the start of or at the end of your chosen package deal – we will refund you the price of a full-fare public transport ticket.

Information

 

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