Stage 7: Pontarlier, France to Saint-Maurice, Switzerland

Starting in Pontarlier, France: Friday 21st July at 16:00
Ending in Saint-Maurice, Switzerland: Friday 28th July at 10:00
Duration: 7 nights
Walking: 6 days
Total distance: 129km
Average per day: 22km
Daily ascent/descent: 
 Mixed: 200 – 300m/400 – 500m/600 – 700m

Avg. max temp: 31°

 £500/£200 deposit

Stage 7: Pontarlier, France to Saint-Maurice, Switzerland

Difficulty rating: Moderate

We have our final day in France before entering Switzerland at the pass just beyond the Alpine ski resort of Jougne.

The Via Francigena here goes up over 1,000 metres for the first time and then we drop down to Orbe. We then continue gently down toward Lausanne, the capital of French-speaking Switzerland. From there we walk around the eastern edge of Lac Leman (aka Lake Geneva) through the renowned vineyards of Lavaux, and the towns of Vevey and Montraux and beside the inspiring Chateau de Chillon. 

The path then leaves the lake and heads up the Vaux (Rhone) Valley towards the historically and important St Maurice and the Chapelle de Notre Dame du Scex.

This week includes 4 nights camping on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Nearest transport hub: 

  • Day 1: 
    Besancon train station – (a bus connection) Lyon, Geneva, and Lausanne airports
  • Final day: 
    Saint-Maurice train station – Lyon, Geneva, and Lausanne airports

Distances per day:

  • Day 1: 19.5km
  • Day 2: 18km
  • Day 3: 28.5km
  • Day 4: 25.5km
  • Day 5: 12km
  • Day 6: 25km
  • Day 7: 0km

Please make sure that you read the Just Walk Terms and Conditions before you make your booking. This is not one of those standard T&C's documents that we usually scroll through and tick, hoping for the best. This document contains essential information about Just Walk which you will need to read.

The maximum number of people we can take for this stage is twenty. Therefore, making your booking and paying your deposit does not guarantee participation in this stage. We will contact you to confirm that your booking has been successful and to ask you to provide further essential information.


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