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Allières – Les Avants

Hiking trail
Time required: 4 hours 30 minutesLength: 10.90 km


July, August, September, October


Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut
Place du Village 6
1660 Château-d'Œx
Tel. +41 (0)848 110 888

Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut - Two passes, two worlds

ith an elevation gain of 900 metres, the route down from the Hongrin valley to Lake Geneva is not for the faint-hearted, and is best suited to seasoned hikers.

The trail begins in Allières, a hamlet in Haut-Intyamon. The initial ascent leads to the Orgevau pasture. The second stage runs up to L'Urqui pasture, where lush meadows gradually give way to a mountain landscape, first the Pre-Alps and then the Alps. The third stage runs through the small combe of Pierra Perchia and its limestone pavements. This distinctive karst landscape, which was formed by water erosion, is peppered with sink holes and underground passages.

The following descent leads along the Les Verraux mountain range, below the peaks of the Cape au Moine and the Corbé, to the Col de Jaman. This mountain pass is the shortest route between the Pays-d'Enhaut, the Gruyère region and Lake Geneva, and was long the only way to reach the region's high valleys. The Col de Jaman is also a great spot to watch migrating birds, and even has a bird ringing station. The final stage, which includes several switchbacks, continues down through the forest to the pastureland not far from Jor before finally reaching Les Avants, a village famed for its fields of wild narcissus.



10.90 km
Altitude difference ascent
990 m
Altitude difference descent
1020 m
Time required
4 hours 30 minutes
Level technique
Level condition
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Starting point
Arrival by public transport
Allières Timetable SBB
Les Avants
Arrival by public transport
Les Avants Timetable SBB

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Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut

Hotel de la Croix de Fer

Sleep in straw, guest rooms and restaurant

Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut

Hamlet of Allières

Allières with its inn (former cabaret), is located on the Jaman Pass mule trail.

Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut

Col de Jaman

Despite the route's dangers and sometimes questionable condition, this path had two big advantages: it was the shortest route between the Pays-d’Enhaut, the Gruyères, and Léman (Lake Geneva), and it was passable almost year-round. It was also an imp...

Natural monument
Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut

Les Avants

Les Avants developed a notable hotel industry starting the middle of the 19th century with the arrival of public transportation. The village has a unique regional architecture. In Sonloup, the funicular (built in 1911), with its distinctive red cars,...