The Chauderon gorges are gorges formed in the terminal part of the river la Baye de Montreux just before it flows into the town of Montreux and joins Lake Geneva. This river has its source on the western slope of the Cape au Moine mountain.
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- 📍 Region: Riviera VD
- 📐 Length: 3.9 km
- ⌛ Time: 2 hours
- 👍 Features: Highway bridge, View of the lake from Glion, Telegraph path (1000 steps)
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La Torpille proposes a loop course. Planches – Chauderon gorges – Glion – Planches. The length is 3.9 km for a positive altitude difference of 300 meters. The duration of the ride takes about 90 minutes.
Some parking spaces are available at Planches, the starting point of the walk. It can also be reached by the Montreux – Rochers de Naye train by getting off at the Planches stop.
Ascent of the gorges
The route starts under the Les Planches railway bridge in the heights of Montreux near the “Planches” stop of the rack railway leading to the Rochers de Naye.
The trail passes under the bridge of the Lausanne – Villeneuve motorway and next to two of its columns then goes up the river for about 2 kilometres. It has many steps and can be slippery in wet weather. The river has, in some places, dug very deep gorges. Finally, one arrives at a series of yellow signposts that mark the top of the gorges and one follows the direction of Glion.
Passage in Glion
Once you arrive in Glion, where the stations for the Territet-Glion funicular and the Rochers de Naye train are located, you can observe the beautiful view of Lake Geneva and have a drink on one of the village terraces.
Return to Planches
To get to the starting point at Les Planches you take the thousand steps of the Telegraph trail. The loop takes about 90 minutes.
If you want to avoid any uphill climb, you can take the train to Les Planches to Glion and then take the path in the opposite direction. Glion -> Top of the gorges -> Planches…
A video on the ascent of the Chauderon gorges.