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Hiking in Gruyère: Montbovon – Chalet La Brâ

Properties of the itinerarie

Type of activity: Sports

Difficulty: Challenging

Duration: 04:00

Distance: 10 km

Ascent/Descent: +774m / -774m

Altitude min./max.: 774m / 1463m

Discover a challenging hike on the borders of the Intyamon. On the edge of the cantonal borders, walk along the Sarine River and discover historical bridges. After a beautiful climb, the Intyamon Valley can be admired from the Chalet de La Brâ.

Leaving from Montbovon station, this loop offers a challenging hike, with a steep gradient, in wild and unspoilt surroundings.

After admiring the church of Montbovon and the old buildings - including the inn dating from the 18th century, the hike continues to the hydroelectric company, which is located at the beginning of Lac de Lessoc. From there, the hike continues on the Route du Lac and then on the road that climbs gently uphill.

After about 2 km the climb begins in the direction of La Petite Chia, a mountain pasture chalet at 1060m. On steep paths (proper footwear recommended), a dense and varied forest is revealed, which gently gives way to pastures up to the Chalet Sonlomont, where a fountain provides hikers with water to fill the water bottles for the end of the climb.

The route continues along the cantonal border on the ridge in the open air, before returning to the forest for about 400m, still climbing up to the Chalet de la Brâ, a real terrace on the Intyamon located at an altitude of 1460m.This beautiful mountain pasture chalet, along with cows in the stable, welcomes volunteers during the summer season, who welcome visitors to take advantage of their table and, above all, the view.

Let's go downhill for about 1 km, through pastures and fields and clearings onto the Intyamon and the villages of Albeuve and Neirivue. The descent becomes demanding from "Les Ciernettes", winding through the forest towards "Les Verbuts" in Lessoc.

Here, at an altitude of 870m, you come to the stream "Le Torrent", where two picnic spots are available in succession, one offering a hollow fire-pit for a well-deserved break. Gently descend towards the Lac de Lessoc and the historic covered bridge, following the signs for "Montbovon".

The Covered Bridge, built in 1667, is one of the oldest and especially one of the last of its kind in the canton of Fribourg. The hike leads us to another vestige of history, the stone bridge of Lessoc, by a road that can still be driven over. Just afterwards, enjoy a new fire-pit and a bench, which invites you to relax and contemplate the Lac de Lessoc. Continue along the lake and discover the superb viewpoints. After 4 hours, the electric plant is on the left, and the hike ends at the Montbovon train station.

Tip: Prepare your bbq meals so that you can take advantage of the many picnic spots.

Accessible via public transport: Yes
Accessible by car: Yes. There is a car park next to the train station in Montbovon.

Elevation: + 785m / - 785m

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La Gruyère Tourisme
Centre commercial Velâdzo (rez inférieur)
Place de la Gare 3
1630 Bulle

Properties of the itinerarie

Type of activity: Sports

Difficulty: Challenging

Duration: 04:00

Distance: 10 km

Ascent/Descent: +774m / -774m

Altitude min./max.: 774m / 1463m

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