Feast your eyes on the magnificent Dents du Midi mountains and sample one of Switzerland’s most famous specialties: Rösti!
Perched an altitude of 1,800 meters, between the villages of Champoussin and Les Crosets in the Illiez Valley, this lovely ramble provides breathtaking views of the Dents du Midi massif and the Vaud Alps. From the highest point, at Pas de Croisette, you will enjoy an uninterrupted view of the surrounding peaks, including the entire Dents Blanches massif and the iconic Pointe de l’Au peak. Along the way you may see paragliders taking off under the Croix de l’Aiguille and, at the halfway point, the sunny terrace at the Relais Panoramique restaurant tempts hikers to stop for a refreshing drink or a bite to eat.
Set off from the Frâchette covered picnic area, on the road just before the village of Champoussin, following the pink winter hiking trail signs marked with the number 15 (Swiss Mobile No. 901).
Walk along a wide, well-groomed path towards Les Crosets and the Croix de l’Aiguille. At the snowshoe trail crossroads, stay on the main axis which continues straight on the flat. A little further on, where the groomed path splits, take the trail that goes up in switchbacks to the right, passing just under the summit of the Croix de l’Aiguille. Continue to the left on the groomed path to the crossroads at Pas de Croisette. From there, continue straight on to the Relais Panoramique restaurant. To return, head back down to the hamlet of Crêté Borney. In the hairpin bend, take the groomed, flat path back to your starting point.