The Grande Traversée du Jura on foot

This hike starts at the Mont d’Or (1463 m). Magnificent panorama on the Alps which invites you to contemplate… you are in the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Jura. From spruce forests to green valleys, the itinerary evolves in this preserved area with a rich natural heritage. In Mouthe, a village well known for its harsh winters, you arrive at the source of the river that gave its name to the department, the Doubs. Then, Chapelle des Bois, its Combe and its two lakes, nestled between the forest of Mont-Noir and the cliffs of Risoux. In Les Rousses, let us tell you the story of the Massacre forest before you cross it and imagine the bird that lives here, because if you walk on its territory, you have little chance of coming across it. The capercaillie which still lives in our forests… discreet and emblematic animal. Its presence is the result of a preserved natural environment, heritage of a natural and rustic mountain…


Day 1

Reception at the hotel*** in Jougne from 17H.

Day 2

Stage joining the village of Mouthe.
summit of the Mont d’Or (1461m) and its magnificent ridge line marks the beginning of this day. The GR then joins the valley of Mouthe by the very beautiful mountain pastures of Boissaude.
Difference in altitude: + 720 m, – 780 m Length: 23 km Time: 6H

Day 3

Stage joining the village of Chapelle des Bois.
You will
reach Chaux Neuve and its famous ski jumps before climbing the Mont Noir which will lead you to the picturesque village of Chapelle des Bois
Difference in altitude: + 400 m, – 250 m Length: 21 km Time: 5 h

Day 4

Stage joining the border village of La Cure.
discreet Lac des Mortes and then the Risoux forest with its majestic spruce trees. Long silent trails that lead to the village resort of Les Rousses. Short link by the old Royal road now reserved to the residents only to join the French-Swiss hamlet of La Cure.
Difference in altitude: + 600 m, – 540 m Length: 23 km Time: 5 h 30

Day 5

Stage joining the hamlet of Manon.
quickly gains the heights of the forest of the Massacre for a glance at the belvedere of Dappes. The Combe à la chèvre will undoubtedly be one of the most representative places of the territory of the Hautes-Combes which starts well there…
Difference in altitude: + 460 m, – 460 m Length: 20 km Time: 4 h 45

Day 6

Stage joining the village-station of Lélex.
day begins by taking the height and joining the superb combe of altitude of Platières and its panoramic sight on the high chain of the Jura Mountains. After the village of Les Moussières, the route joins La Pesse via the Grande Molune.
Difference in altitude: + 790 m, – 1055 m Length: 25 km Time: 6 h 30

Day 7

End after breakfast

The indicative times have been calculated for a pace of 350 meters of ascent per hour, 500 meters of descent per hour and 4 km per hour on the flat.

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of availability of lodgings, modification of the state of the ground, etc…). These changes are always notified to you at the time of booking.


Practical information

Welcome: On the day of your choice from 4:00 pm at the hotel in Jougne (25370).

Parking: free public parking next to the hotel

Dismissal: Day 7 after breakfast. If you arrive by car, return transfer possible (see option). If you arrived by train, see below for the TGV station of Bellegarde sur Valserine

Hiking pack: Includes an FFRP topoguide describing the itinerary in detail, as well as a paper route book specifying each stage and evening accommodation, as well as any variations, and luggage tags. The topoguide and the roadbook are sent to you by mail about 3 weeks before your hike. Luggage tags are given to you upon arrival at thefirst accommodation.

Accommodation: 2 levels of accommodation on this tour. On the comfort version the towels are not provided for 1 evening. On the comfort version + towels are provided every evening. The coordinates of the accommodations will be provided with your hiking file

Meals: Half-board: dinner, overnight stay and breakfast. Option of 5 picnics: + 60 € / pers. (to be reserved on registration). If you have not taken the picnic option, you can always order a picnic directly at the stage (by ordering it the day before for the next morning and paying for it on the spot). Our road book indicates day by day the possibilities of refreshment or restoration along your route.

Luggage: Luggage transported per vehicle. We ask that you have only one piece of luggage per person, not too bulky, weighing no more than 13 kg. You only carry a bag with your belongings for the day.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this trip


Departure possible at your convenience every day from May 15 to September 30 Be careful, there are only a few available for Ascension and Pentecost


Below are the prices for the 2024 season.

Comfort version

If 2 or 3 pers. 830 € /pers.
If 4 pers. and + €750 /pers.

Comfort + version

If 2 or 3 pers. 875 € /pers.
If 4 pers. and + 790 € /pers.

Options to reserve at time of registration
  • Single room during the hike: + 145 € /pers. for 6 nights on Comfort + version
  • Return transfer to Jougne: €172 per trip
  • Return transfer to Bellegarde station: Contact us
  • Transfers are subject to a 30% surcharge on public holidays and Sundays, and after 7pm.
The price includes
  • The organization of the hike
  • The 6 half-board + taxes
  • Luggage transport at the stage
  • The FFRP GTJ pedestrian topo (1 per registration)
  • A hiking booklet
  • The GPS track
The price does not include
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Lunch (if you do not take the picnic option)
  • The return shuttle or the station shuttles



  • You travel on foot
  • Level : Medium
  • Possibilities : 7 days


  • Magnificent panoramic views of the Alps
  • The beautiful mountain pastures of La Boissaude
  • Luggage transport

In pictures

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