Tour de l’Argentine / (VD)




Location: Solalex above Villars

Description: difficult hike, to discover the chain of Argentina and its famous mirror popular with mountaineers. Typical itinerary of the Vaud Alps region.

Total length: about 13 km

Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

Elevation: +1’000 meters / -1’000 meters

National hiking map 1: 50’000: 272 St Maurice

Best period: Mai to October (depending on the snow cover)

Difficulty : T3 +


From Solalex take the direction of the Giacomini refuge and the Col des Essets. Once at the pass Essets, down towards La Vare to the junction for Solalex, Bovonne, La Motte. Then always follow Roc du Châtelet, Solalex, to the starting point.

Practical information

This route can be done in both directions. After a period of rain it is recommended to go in the direction of Châtelet Roc, La Motte, La Vare (opposite direction of the route described). Some passages require a secure foot. Walking sticks recommended. From mid-May to the end of September, there are herd protection dogs on the Cheval Blanc Alp / La Vare (how to behave by meeting herd protection dogs)
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Public transport timetable Departure Bex Arrival Solalex