Lac de Taney is a beautiful Swiss natural mountain lake situated hight above the Rhône Valley, in the canton of Valais on the border to France. This deep-green lake was declared as national natural heritage site in the 1960s and is a real hidden gem that very few tourist knows about! Furthermore, if you are after for a perfect view of lake Geneva and the surrounding, hike up to Grammont! You will be in pain, but the stunning bird’s-eye view is worth it!
How to get there
IMPORTANT ! If you have a 4×4 vehicle you can drive up and park your car on the right side just before you arrive to the lake. If I am not mistaken, only the residents are allowed to drive further. Please call to one of the restaurant by lake Taney before if you are planning to drive all the way up.
For us other, we need to park our car by the free of charge the Flon parking lot. To put on GPS, Route du Flon, Vouvry. This is also here where you can take a 4×4 taxi up to the lake, or walk up.
By public transportation, there is Swiss Post-buses going up to le Flon from Vouvry train station. The ride up takes about 30 min. Click here for the timetable.
From le Flon to Lac Taney
As I mention above, you can take a taxi up to the Lac de Taney. Between 1-4 people the price is 40 CHF. Above 5 people, the price is 10 CHF each. The taxi is available everyday from 9am-7pm. Click Here for the number if you have further questions and if you want to reserve. The site is only in French.
I personally recommend taking the taxi if you plan to hike from Lac de Taney to Grammont. The taxi ride is expensive, but totally worth it!
For those brave one who are walking up…I must be honest, it is a steep climb!
Elevation gain:400 m
Trail condition: Gravel road or forest path
There are two ways up: Unfortunately I have zero picture of the two trails, the forest trail and the gravel road. We have been walking up and down on both. While the forest path is the fastest way up, I think I prefer the gravel road. But when walking down, I prefer the forest path over the gravel road as I think the gravel road can be slippery. For you to decide.
Overview map of the hikes from Flon to Lac de Taney and then Lac de Taney to Grammont. Photo credit:Here
Walking up from Le Flon to Lac de Taney in 2011, Switzerland.
We were walking up with all our camping gears to Lac de Taney in 2008, Switzerland.
Tour du lac de Taney
Tour du lac is stroller friendly but only half way because the other half is a forest path. The easy walk around the lake takes about 1-1.5 hour and is suitable for young children.
Our first visit to Lac de Taney in 2008.
Alina and William on our latest visit at Lac de Taney in 2017, Switzerland.
Lac de Taney doesn’t look very impressive on a cloudy day but come here when the sun shine and the lake will turn into crystal clear shade of green. There are swimming and BBQ spot scattered all around the lake.
Mirabelle 1.5 years old enjoying her walk by Lac de Taney in 2017.
Lac de Taney in 2008
A foggy Lake Taney in 2017
Camping by lac de Taney was absolute our favorite thing to do in summer! We loved it because it felt secluded and wild as we could camp right by the lake surrounded by nature and most of the time there are not very much people there. Imagine how disappointed we were when in 2015 the commune of Vouvry decided to close down the campsite. Apparently, on the summer 2014 when we were on our world tour the campsite got too popular and there were campers who were misbehaving. Sign.
I think instead of closing the campsite down, they could just allow a certain amount of campers per night…like 10 campers with maximum of 5 tents.
Anyhow, I am hoping by the time we are back from our family world tour, the camping by the lake Taney is open for public again!
Tips! We saw some people camping up on the mountain. Something we plan to do when the weather is perfect!
Camping by Lac de Taney in 2008, Switzerland.
Camping by lac de Taney in 2011, Switzerland.
Camping by lac de Taney in 2011, Switzerland.
Camping by lac de Taney in 2013, Switzerland
Fishing at Lac de Taney, 2013
If you want to try your luck with fishing, you can buy a one-day permit at Café de la Gare in Vouvry. The address is Av. de la Gare 33, 1896 Vouvry and the telephone number is 024/481.11.87. Or if you prefer, you can purchase the one-day fishing permit by clicking Here. The site is only in German and French. If I remember correctly, the fishing permit is 25 CHF.
Our fishing luck by lac de Taney in 2013. One small fish to share between 4 adults! Sharing is caring right?
Now when we can’t camp by the lake anymore and you wish to stay over night there are possibilities to sleep in some of the Restaurant and chalet. For an example at the Auberge-Refuge La Vouivre. Or at the Refuge du Grammont.
Hiking Lac de Taney to Grammont via Col des Crosses
David and I have been hiking from Lac de Taney to Grammont I think in total of 6 times since our first hike there in 2008. Our latest was in summer 2017 with Mirabelle on a backpack. From the Taney village, just follow the yellow sign post to Grammont.
Elevation gain : About 800 m
Time up : About 2-3 hours
The road up to Col des Crosses is technically simple, a walk on gravel road. The hike is challenging but take your time and you will reach there I promise!:) It is the way down you should worry about…just kidding! Or I am not!
Hiking to Grammont from Lac de Taney in 2017
In 2017 a goat insisted joining us on our picnick.
Once you arrive on the ridge, either you continue to ascent on the right hill to summit of Grammont with another 150 m of elevation gain/ 1h OR take a well deserved pause on the ridge on the left. We love having picnic by the ridge on the left before hiking up another hour to the summit. Our most memorable meal we had was in 2013 when we had a cheese fondue with some friends. The less impressive meal on the ridge was our grilled sausages in 2011..lol!
Our grilled cervela on the ridge of Grammont in 2011, Switzerland.
Take your time to look around, from up here you have a 360° view of the lake Geneva, Saint-Gingolphe, le Grand Combin, le Massif du Mont-Blanc, Le Moleson, Les Diablerets, Les Rochers-de- Naye, la Dent de Jaman and much more. If you have a binocular this is a great place to use it!
We just love the view of the lake Geneva and the surrounding area from this side of the lake on the top of the mountain.
From here on is the last major ascent of about 150 m for about 1 hour. So close but still so far but trust me it is worth it!
The last climb to Grammont, Switzerland.
In 2013, we had an evening hike (with a cheese fondue for dinner on the ridge) to Grammont perfect timing for the sunset. It was gorgeous! As soon as the sun disappeared on the horizon we rush down before it got too dark. We had each headlights of course, but we were lucky because the trail was lit by the full moon. It was magical!
With Juliet, Ying and David. Sunset on the top of Grammont in 2013, Switzerland.
William on the top of Grammont in 2017
Have fun by the lake Taney and try to enjoy your hike to Grammont!:)
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