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Hiking and alpine traditions in the Swiss Alps, from Charmey (Gruyère)

Bring your kids along and enjoy a great day out in the lush meadows around Charmey, in Gruyère, learning about alpine traditions and even making your own cheese!

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration1 day
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate


  • Enjoy a great day out with your kids in a beatiful alpine setting

  • Discover the rich alpine heritage and traditions by experimentation

  • Make your own cheese and cook a traditional soup!


Located at the heart of the Gruyère region, the small mountain village of Charmey is home to ancient alpine traditions and great hiking possibilities, surrounded by a beautiful scenery of lush meadows.

This 1-day family-friendly program takes you to discover this unique alpine heritage, by experimentation.  You will be able to learn about cheese making, following the milk process, and trying to make it yourself, tasting and sharing the final product.

We will hike for about 3.5 kilometers, with an altitude change of 213 meters, but it is an easy hike, so everyone is welcome and it is a great activity for families with kids.

We will also climb the mountain pastures to pick up the plants that grow around the cottage and learn about their different uses. During this fun day, you will also be the craftsman of your own meal, preparing the traditional soup du chalet at the couldron. It will be a day rich in unique experiences!

Whatever the time of the year you come, you’re guaranteed to have an experience that will delight all your senses, learning about the shepherds way of life, with customs that survive to this very day.

So, if you have ever wondered what magic turns milk into cheese, why do the Armaillis (shepherd of the Graubünden region) eat the soup du chalet, or what the Bounet Rodzo is, you will find the answer during this day. You will also learn how to make an alpine horn and what the tavillion is. It will be an unforgettable day, devoted to discovering a rich alpine heritage through experience.

Don’t hesitate to send me a request if you’d like to join me on this great program around Charmey. Just book your trip and get ready for a wonderful experience.

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About the guide

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Passionate of wild natural space, I like to share with you ours wonderfull landscapes and theirs heritages, as nature, history or traditions. I propose to live more than an hike but a unique experience.

Mountain leader from 2005 with federal patent, member of the national (ASAM) and international association (UIMLA)
I create my own agency "Attitude Oxygen" in 2006 and work together with Rachel, Natacha and Marlyse, a great passionate team.
It will be a pleasure for us to share our field experience in order to offer you a customized program, just ask for it.

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