Jura Crest Trail
Round the bend.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Individual journey to Balsthal
Balsthal – Weissenstein
The reward for the steep climb to Höllchöpfli is the views along the high-level hike through forests and meadows. Passing unusual geological features and many mountain restaurants to the Weissenstein – «Solothurn’s balcony».
From the roof of Canton Solothurn, with views across the Jura arc to the Mittelland and snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. The first third is also a Planetenweg (planet path). Language border at Montagne de Romont.
From the low-lying Schüss Valley to the crest of the Bernese Jura. An almost constant, yet comfortable climb to scale the Chasseral, already seen from afar. Sensational panoramic view with the Mittelland lakes: a feast for the eyes. From Chasseral transfer down to Nods.
In the morning transfer up to Chasseral where you continue your walk. A varied hike between the upper St.Imier Valley and the Val de Ruz Valley with the winter-sports resort, Le Pâquier (hometown of ski-ace Didier Cuche). The top of the Vue des Alpes pass is not far from watch metropolis La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Vue des Alpes – Travers
Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks. The slabs of the rocky spur provide a breathtaking view down to Lac de Neuchâtel, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.
Travers – Couvet
The perspiration at the start of this stage is well worth it: the highlight of the tour is the natural rock amphitheatre of Creux du Van, Swiss equivalent of the Grand Canyon. From the heights you can enjoy wonderful views on the sparkling waters of Lake Neuenburg. Then you continue to La Combax. Transfer down to Couvet.
Individual departure or extra nights
For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.
Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels
- 7 overnights incl. breakfast
- Luggage transfer
- Transfers according to the program
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents
- GPS data available
- Arrival by train to Balsthal.
- Free parking near the hotel, no reservation possible.
- Departure by train from Couvet to Balsthal, duration approx. 2 hours.
- Rides with public transport, approx. EUR 10 per person.