Mont Tendre in May. Tender and beautiful

June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

The details

Project: Hike from Col de Marchairuz (1447m) to Mont Tendre (1679m)

Date: 30 May 2015

Team: Sinzi & Elvin

Difficulty: Medium to easy

Hike duration: 2-2.5 hours for one leg

As I said in a previous blog post, I am really keen to do a lot of hikes this summer. Last Sunday Elvin and I decided to tackle Mont Tendre from Col de Marchairuz.

All in all I would say the level of difficulty on this hike was medium to easy. There are peaks and valleys and the peaks tend to feel steep to the relatively inexperienced hiker like us.

We drove to Col du Marchairuz which is about 1 hour away from Geneva. Affording splendid views over Lac Leman and the Savoyan Alps, Col du Marchairuz is a park in the Jura mountains which connects Aubonne with Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux. The beautiful plateau is a starting point for many hikes.

Mont Tendre is the highest peak in the Swiss Jura. We were familiar with it already since last year we completed a hike to the same peak, but from Col de Mollendruz. We knew the Buvette at the top of the mouintain had opened 2 weeks before so this was an additional incentive. J

The weather was splendid, albeit a little hot. I am not a specialist, but I really payed attention to the landscape – the types of trees we encountered, the rocks, the kinds of flowers. The landscape is specific for the Jura mountains, with rocks scattered all over the place and looking pretty ancient. We stopped often for pictures and snacks – we brought cherries, home made cookies and almonds. Delish! Oh, and it turns out that this place is a great habitat for lizards as well as huge colonies of wood ants. 😀

Before we knew it, we arrived at the Buvette and filled our tanks with tartiflette and beers.

The views at the top were gorgeous! We even had a little nap in the grass – I don’t have any pics of that though. 😀

The hike back proved to be more difficult (all those little peaks that we had to conquer!) – the beer was probably not a good idea.

All in all, this was a great hike which can be tackled with kids as well. We came back pretty knackered. 😀

I can’t wait to go on the next hike – probably not this week-end though! 🙂



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