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Tour description

At the foot of the Dents Vertes and the Dent de Broc mountain ranges, a lush green landscape envelops the stunning Lake Montsalvens.

From Charmey, head towards the church and the shopping centre, following signs for «Presqu’île». Cross the 60-metre-long footbridge and follow the path to Montsalvens dam (1 hr). From there, continue your walk around the lake. Alternatively, you could opt to continue to walk towards the La Jogne gorge (Alternative A).

If you opt for the lake circuit, you will cross the dam and continue along the path that follows the lake shore. This will take you to La Monse chapel - the highest point on the trail. Finally, walk down towards the lake to rejoin the path which runs along the shore line. It will take you back to the start of the trail.

This is an easily walkable trail that can be undertaken in either direction. It offers a great opportunity to explore the wonderfully diverse landscape and stunning flora of the Pre-Alps.


Alternative A: Excursion along the La Jogne gorge from Montsalvens dam to the village of Broc, or vice-versa (distance: 3.4 km / hiking time: 2.25 h). You will come across some surprising features along the way, such as footbridges, tunnels, galleries and steps.


In the event of heavy rainfall, access to La Jogne gorge may be closed (risk of flooding).

Trail highlights:
• Route along the lake shore
• Accessible to all, especially families
• Relatively flat
• Mostly shaded
• Peaceful, unique and picturesque setting
• Rich diversity of indigenous flora
• Fishing opportunities
• Picnic and BBQ areas
• Beautiful and varied landscape; trail offers an entirely new and fascinating view of the lake, even for local residents!

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Places along the route: Charmey - Presqu’île - Montsalvens dam - La Monse - Charmey


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Tour history (B01447)

First published: Donnerstag, 14. Februar 2008

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.la-gruyere.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.9 km | Time requirement: 3¼ h
Ascent: 244 m | Descent: 244 m
Highest point: 885 m.a.s.l.

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La Gruyère Tourisme
Place des Alpes 26
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Internet: www.la-gruyere.ch
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