Best time to go there is in the summer months, since you got to reach the top of the mountain walking up. Good shoes and not too much of backpack to carry is an important tip. Ah yes and even if it's Switzerland, don't forget to carry one or two bottles of water with you. There are not too many fountains in the region.
Best time to go there is in the summer months, since you got to reach the top of the mountain walking up. Good shoes and not too much of backpack to carry is an important tip. Ah yes and even if it’s Switzerland, don’t forget to carry one or two bottles of water with you. There are not too many fountains in the region.
Beside the wonderful countryside which I recommend you later, you can visit the old Asphaltmines near Travers in La Presta. There’s a Museum where you can learn about the Asphalt mines (active from 1712 to 1986). The Valley is also famous because of the distilled water better known as Absinthe, typical for the region, although it has been a forbidden beverage till a couple of years ago.
Creux du Van is the name of an amphitheater like rock face formed of limestone. 160 meters of heart-stopping precipice and a wonderful landscape opens to your delight. But that is just the price for having walked up the 730 meters from Noirague to the Ferme de Soliat, along the “Chemin de 14 Oeuillons” a small path of 14 curves… Approximately in 3 to 4 hours of ascension. They say Creux du Van is one of THE power-mystic places in Switzerland. The Erosional process of the half round rock face is still ongoing. Van is a Celtic word and it means rock. The region around is a natural reservation, an environment of 25 square kilometers.
In Noirague, a small village you can start going up. You would look up and think nothing bad because the landscape is just peaceful and inviting. As soon as you get to the Chemin des 14 Oeuillons you do all the walking along these 14 curves quiet nice, but also harsh with big backpack and tent… actually it’s forbidden to camp in wilderness in the whole Switzerland… Once you reach the top of the mountain your breath will get stuck in your throat. The limestone rock face will literally freak you out. There is a wide countryside to discover and explore. Be careful there are freely walking cows all over…
You can descend almost along the precipice, through woods and fields, just follow the yellow signs or the marks on the trees, it is better to have a map in addition. That’s a two days trip. On the third day you could walk on even terrain and visit the “Gorges de l’Areuse”.
It’s like a lil’ canyon. L’Areuse is the name of a tiny river, you should follow the river through the stones of the mountain. A very nice walk, I would recommend it. Even if you get blisters on the feet! I think the rest you will find out by yourself.