Parcours du Pré de l’Essert

The “Pré de l’Essert” snowshoe trail is a circular walk. Located in a “wild” valley, this is an ideal route for nature lovers.

Switzerland Mobility: route 268
Charmey: Les Plans

Escape and spirituality are two perfect words to describe this path. It runs in a circle through the Javroz valley, home to the Chartreuse de la Valsainte, a nationally important monastery of Carthusian monks, founded in 1295.
From the starting point in Les Plans, you head towards the river Javroz, which you cross via a footbridge. Climb back up the Rio de l’Essert valley to “La Scie” and follow the marked route through the forest. The stream that runs down the eastern side of the Reposoirs forest is easily crossed via a small bridge. Before you reach La Scie, head off to the left towards the Pré de l’Essert. From the path, you will see a gem of a chapel on the promontory, with a roof covered with timber shingles, built in 1146 by the monks of Hauterive. First you will pass Pré de l’Essert farm, the highest agricultural holding in the canton of Fribourg. Continue the path through the forest and then cross the river Javroz. On the last part of the route, you can admire the Javroz valley and Valsainte monastery.
The path is waymarked in both directions with reflective markers. Parking is available at the start, or you can reach it by Alpine bus, Valsainte stop.

Ascents: 300 m
Descents: 300 m




Weather forecastfor

Search and webcodes

This is your PERSONAL ASSISTANT: with only a few clicks you can put together your perfect stay in our region.

Whether you plan a trip tomorrow or next year – with our tailor-made suggestions for activities and accommodation suited to your profile you can be sure to make the best out of your stay!

Are you ready to define your main interests and to list the original experiences that you wish to experience in our region?

Whether you plan a romantic getaway or a memorable family vacation, whether you are a night owl or a morning lark – you will be thrilled by the accuracy of our suggestions.

Take a look at our additional and tailor-made suggestions around your destination, before you trace your itinerary on the map or on the proposal grid. They are synchronised in order to respond to your consultation preferences.