Weekend hike with mules in the Gruyere + Visit of a 150 year-old forge
Join our 2-day hike with mules in the Morteys valley. The Vanil Noir nature reserve is a haven of peace, dominated by majestic peaks and inhabited by the fauna of ibex, chamois, marmots, eagles, and asp vipers.
Get to know the mules that you will spend the weekend with, look after them, cook together with local products, observe the local fauna, sleep in a charming high pasture chalet, and experience Charmey in the early 1900s with the visit of its old forge.
This event is also family-friendly.
What’s the plan?
Meet your guide Jonathan at Bulle train station at 09:10. Jonathan gives you a lift to the departure of the hike, where the mules and mule drivers are getting ready. After spending some time there to get to know and look after the animals that will accompany you for the weekend, you prepare your lunch soup all together on the campfire in the forest and eat to get some energy for the rest of the day. You then start the 2.5-hour hike with mules up to Cabane des Marindes, a high pasture chalet located at 1868m in the Vanil Noir natural reserve, surrounded by the highest peaks of the canton of Fribourg. Fondue and night at the chalet.
After breakfast, we spend some time looking after and preparing the mules before starting our hike down. After we finish the hike in the late morning, we make our way to the forge museum in La Tzintre, a small village near Charmey, which shows the history of the valley. Since the 19th century, the blacksmith of Charmey was shoeing the horses and repairing the lumberjack’s tools in La Tzintre. The forge was very important in the local economy. All the old tools and machines used back in time are still there, and the forge looks just like a hundred years ago as if the blacksmith had left the place untouched. Lunch at the forge with local products before returning to Bulle train station.
Kit list (2-day hike with mules)
- Hiking boots
- Goretex jacket
- Down jacket
- Hiking trousers
- Quick-dry t-shirt
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag liner (blankets are provided)
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Personal first aid kit (plasters, pain killers, etc…)
- Water (minimum 2L)
Nice to have:
- Hiking poles
- Waterproof over trousers
- Lip protection
Each participant carries a small bag with his/her water bottle and a jacket. The mules carry the rest (please make sure you don’t take anything unnecessary).
How to get there?
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following transportation.
- Zurich HB 07:02 – 09:11 Bulle (via Bern)
- Bulle 15:49 – 17:58 Zurich HB (via Bern) – depending on what time we finish
The price for this 2-day hike with mules is CHF 330. The price for children (up to 12 years old) is CHF 280.
What does the price include?
- 2 days of guided hike with mules led by mountain leaders, and mule drivers
- Transfer between Bulle train station and the hike departure/arrival location
- Visit to the Tzintre forge museum
- Lunch and dinner on Saturday
- Breakfast and lunch on Sunday
- Accommodation at Cabane des Marindes on Saturday night (dorm)
What does the price NOT include?
- Transport to Bulle on Saturday and back from Bulle on Sunday
Once registered, please pay a 50% deposit within 7 days and the balance by 2 September 2021, one month before the event starts.
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 10
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