Jura Crescent Early Season Adventure

Switzerland

The Jura is a hidden section of Swiss mountains that is lower and less snowy so opens earlier in the year. During this trip, the group will take on the best sections of the Jura Crescent trail, climbing though meadows and farmland, staying in mountain refuges and finally descending to Lake Geneva at Nyon.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet your guide

Your guide will meet you at Geneva airport at 11:30, before you head off to the start of your trek in Sainte-Croix. Today's hike will take you along the old smugglers pass up to Col de l'Aiguillon. You'll spend the evening in your accommodation in Vallorbe - a beautiful mountain town that sits on the edge of the River Orbe.

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After a traditional Swiss breakfast, you'll jump on the train for a short journey to La Pont. Sitting between two lakes, you'll enjoy some fresh coffee, before beginning your hike up Mont Tendre. From the top, you can enjoy picturesque views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. In the evening, you'll hike over to your remote mountain hut to spend the evening. Be sure to try some of the local cheese on offer.

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You'll make your way through remote farmlands, and alpine passes today as you head over to the ruins of the ancient monastery of Oujon. In the afternoon you'll hike over to another remote mountain hut - a great place to enjoy the sunset over the surrounding mountains.

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An early start today, as you hike up to the summit of Mont Dole (1677m). After enjoying views of the Swiss Alps, you'll head back down to Lake Nyon, which boasts some of the best hiking areas in Switzerland. Passing through meadows, farmlands and vineyards, you'll eventually reach the Swiss Riviera, where you'll catch a train back to Geneva airport.

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Included:

  • Guides
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Food in huts
  • In-country transport

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Train back to airport

Start: Your guide will collect you from Geneva Aiport at 11:30 am on day 1 of your itinerary.

End: Your guide will drop you off at Nyon Train Station at 4 pm on day 4 of your itinerary.

You'll stay in a mixture of mountain huts and local hostels. Some accommodations have warm showers and all offer dormitory-style rooms. Single supplement is not available on this trip. 

Day 1: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch

The guides can cater for most dietary requirements. Just let them know if you have any special requests when completing your participation form - provided upon booking. 

The minimum age is 18, or 16 if accompanied by an adult. 

Documents

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass for flights
  • Money (CHF)
  • Credit/Debit Card 

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear Plugs

Footwear

  • Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight
  • Lightweight shoe's for the evening (or you can borrow hut slippers)

Clothing

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking. 

  • 1 x pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (long johns or similar)
  • 3 x t-shirts
  • 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening
  • 4 x hiking socks
  • 3 - 4 pairs of underwear
  • 1 x fleece
  • Light down or Primaloft jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking trousers: we recommend a pair that zip off into trousers.
  • Comfortable trousers for the evening
  • Sun Hat, Warm Hat and gloves
  • Buff or scarf
  • Swimming shorts/costume

Other

  • A day bag: 35 - 45 litres - all your kit should fit into this bag.
  • Travel towel
  • Dry bag or liner
  • Water bottle: At least 2L
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, suncream and sun hat
  • Personal medication
  • Toiletries
  • Electronics - headtorch, travel adapter, phone and charger
  • Hand sanitiser.
  • Hiking poles (Available to rent for 10chf - these must be requested at least 1 week before your trip).

You do not require any specialist equipment for this trip. For the first day, your leader may need help carrying food and drink.  

During the summer in the Alps (July – September) you can experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny, and the temperatures can reach 30° Celsius. The weather in the mountains at 2000m can have a cooling breeze. The weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. On a rainy-day, temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and sometimes even a hat and a pair of gloves. See the kit list for full details. It is possible to have snow at night. One of the advantages of staying in the huts is we can always dry out and get warm at the end of the day. 

The entire trek is in Switzerland. So Swiss Francs (chf). You can collect currency at the Geneva Airport cash machines. 

The trek is all on marked paths, in a remote area of the Swiss alps. You can expect rocky trails, forest trails and gravel tracks.

For this reason, it is important to wear a suitable boot with ankle support.

There will be opportunities to purchase local cheeses, wine, coffee, ice creams. Budgeting 20EUR per day should be more than enough. Expect to pay 15 - 20EUR for the train back to Geneva

Day 1: 24km, 850m ascent, 1100m descent, 7 hrs

Day 2: 15km, 802m ascent, 210m descent, 6 hrs

Day 3: 19km, 500m ascent, 900m descent, 6 hrs

Day 4: 28km, 800m ascent, 1650m descent, 8 hrs

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