Hiking to the Roc d'Orsay: overlooking Lac Leman
Weather forecast update: Sunday will be sunny and cool. Perfect. 🌞
This Sunday we’re going up the Roc d’Orsay with a beautiful view of the Valais and the Lake. Medium difficulty climb, gentle down path. We start at the bottom of the Télécabine du Roc d’Orsay in Villars-sur-Ollon (altitude Protected content .
That’s about 35 min by car from Lausanne.
While climbing we have a beautiful view of Villars on one side and of Leysin on the other. From the top (altitude Protected content we have a gorgeous view of the lake. The plan is to picnic on top, then walk down to Col de Bretaye. Those feeling tired can take the telecabine or train down, others can walk the easy path back to the city.
Climb should take about 3 hours. 860m up, 330m down to Bretaye. Only 8.5km to Bretaye, plus perhaps 5km easy back to the city.
Weather should be sunny and cool, so bring some extra warmth in your backpacks. The restaurant at the top should be open, but the plan is to pic-nic outside, before arriving, so bring all you need to eat, a banana and some extra chocolate will give you plenty of energy. Bring much water.
The simplest way to get to Villars is by car, and I suggest we carpool: I offer 3 places in my car, please those who can drive and take some people too let me know: Text me or call Protected content and we’ll coordinate.
You can also take a train to Aigle then a bus to Villars - leave the bus at the Telecabine, before going all the way to the city center. The bus stops near the Télécabine parking, so you only need to go to the other end of the parking.
You can ask the driver where to leave the bus.
Please note: I am not a professional guide: this is just an outdoor activity among friends. You are responsible for your own safety and satisfaction.
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