L’Etivaz / Plan de la Douve

Location: Canton of Vaud on the Château-d’Oex side of the Col des Mosses.

Description: challenging hike. Sustained climb to the Douve refuge and very steady climb from the refuge to Plan de la Douve. Avoid for people prone to vertigo. The first 100 meters of the descent from the Plan de la Douve are very exposed. Do not follow this hike in wet or rainy weather or if there are snowfields on the route.

Total length: about 9 km

Walking time: approx. 4 to 5 hours

Elevation: +/- 932 meters

Altitude: between 1132 and 2007 meters

National hiking map 1: 50’000: 262 Rochers de Naye

Best period: from late May to October

Difficulty : T3 supported


From the center of the village of Etivaz follow “Plan de la Douve”. Sustained climb of about 3 hours. Once in Plan de la Douve, a well-deserved break will allow you to admire the landscape. Descend towards the « col de Base”. After about 200 meters of descent, cut to the left along the North-East foothills of the Coumatta to reach the col de Base directly without going through La Case. From the col de Base always follow the Etivaz downhill and reach the starting point.

Useful information

Typical hike of the pre-Alps by its configuration. The climbs and descents are difficult and require sure footing. Walking stick recommended. A picnic is possible at Plan de la Douve and in the valley of the Plan de la Douve descent.

Print itinerary

Interactiv map

Public transport timetable (Aigle via le Sépey _ L’Etivaz)