Vanil Noir

The Vanil Noir (French: [vanil nwaʁ]; local Arpitan: Vani Né [vaˈni ˈne] (About this soundlisten)) is a mountain of the Fribourg Prealps, located on the border between the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud in western Switzerland. Reaching a height of 2,389 metres above sea level, the Vanil Noir is the highest summit of the canton of Fribourg and of the Alpine foothills lying north of the Saane and Simme (or northwest of the Saanenmöser Pass). It is also the northernmost point in the canton of Vaud above 2,300 metres and the most prominent summit of both cantons.[3]

Vanil Noir
Avalanche Vanil Noir.jpg
The south side
Highest point
Elevation2,389 m (7,838 ft)
Prominence1,110 m (3,640 ft)[1]
Parent peakMont Blanc
Isolation10.4 km (6.5 mi)[2]
ListingCanton high point
Coordinates46°31′42.5″N 7°8′54.1″E / 46.528472°N 7.148361°E / 46.528472; 7.148361Coordinates: 46°31′42.5″N 7°8′54.1″E / 46.528472°N 7.148361°E / 46.528472; 7.148361
Vanil Noir is located in Switzerland
Vanil Noir
Vanil Noir
Location in Switzerland
LocationCanton of Fribourg/Vaud, Switzerland
Parent rangeFribourg Alps
Mountain typeLimestone
The southwest side

The Vanil Noir is the culminating point of the range separating the regions of Gruyère and Pays-d'Enhaut, although it is followed by the almost equally high Vanil de l'Ecri and Pointe de Paray. With these two mountains, it forms a large cirque on the south and east side, overlooking the alp of Paray Doréna. On the west side, it consists of a smaller cirque, overlooking the alp of Bounavau. On the northeast side it overlooks the valley of Les Morteys. All three valleys descending from the Vanil Noir are part of the Saane drainage basin.

The closest localities are Grandvillard (Fribourg) and Château d'Oex (Vaud). Several vertiginous trails lead to the summit, and cross it from north to south. The Vanil Noir is part of a nature reserve since 1983.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Saanenmöser Pass (1,279 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is north of the Gummfluh.
  3. ^ Despite being significantly lower the Diablerets in the high Alps, the highest summit of the canton of Vaud.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Vanil Noir at Wikimedia Commons