Villars Rando Festival

The Villars Rando Festival offer a wide choice of excursions, ranging in duration from a few hours to a day and organised by professionals. A wide choice such as night walks, bearded vulture walks and bivouac walk. There will be walks for children, families and adults, involving sports, fun and discovery: your senses will be well and truly activated.

During the festivities, many other activities besides the walks will be available:
- Book fair
- Activities
- Testing walking equipment
- Concerts

Villars-sur-ollon, Switzerland
From September 3 to
September 4, 2022
2 days
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Landscape: Mountain
Complementary: Outdoor Activities, Music, Workshops, Talks, Exhibitions


Villars Rando Festival

Hiking category

You will find below all the information of the proposed hiking categories.


From the age of 5, children can experience unique moments with their parents. Nature provides a playground for all family members, together.


The mountain is a wonderful meeting place for everyone and friendships are made there. Minors under 16 are accompanied by their parents. The recommended minimum age is specified for each activity.


Between adults (from 16 years old) or young people, discover the mountain in all its aspects and enrich your knowledge of culture, nature and well-being.


At a brisk pace and with few activities, sometimes over long distances and great elevations, these outings are aimed at adults (from 16 years old) in excellent physical condition.


In a playful spirit, these outings are only intended for young people up to 16 years old. The recommended minimum age is specified for each activity.


For families with a young person or a child with a disability

Villars-sur-ollon, Switzerland


Villars Rando Festival

Entertainment and concerts

You will find below all the information of the animations and the concerts which will take place during the festival.

Photo exhibition

Photo exhibition in nature – Carole Reboul

This exhibition is an ode to the night. These are 10 prints that address the different facets of the night: stars, darkness, wildlife, wonder...

Each of the photos was taken using completely different techniques, always shooting, without retouching, experimenting with long exposures and light, but never in the same way.

Edible plants/clues workshop with ASAM - Swiss Association of Mountain Leaders (09:00-18:00)

Tasting of edible plants

Come and watch the preparation of a festive and colorful aperitif based on nettle chips, plantain pesto, ground ivy dip and much more. Free tasting , for the pleasure of sharpening your taste buds.

Discovery of animal clues

Who owns this feather, this wood, this droppings? Learn all about the fascinating world of animal clues.

Entertainment stand for children

Information to come



A film by Jean-Michel Bertrand

Saturday September 3 (6 p.m. – Market Square – Free)

In case of rain, the screening will take place at the Grande Salle de Villars.

Forest service of the municipality of Ollon

Saturday September 3 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) + Sunday September 4 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

The forest services of the municipality of Ollon will, for our greatest pleasure, be with us again. This year, he will be offering a DIY Christmas tree to the children for their greatest pleasure!

Children's entertainment

Take advantage of the festivity of our stand for the production of creative and playful objects. Your children will then be able to leave with their compositions!



Sunday 4 September (3 p.m.-6 p.m.)


You will find below all the information of the animations and the concerts which will take place during the festival.

ASAM (Swiss Association of Mountain Leaders) + SWL (Schweizer Wanderleiter und Wanderleiterin)

Let yourself be guided, captivated, instructed, entertained, surprised by the program prepared by the guides who participate in this 15th VRF. ASAM, the umbrella association of the profession, would like to thank everyone involved in the festival.

Joël Savary, Co-president ASAM-SWL
– Swiss Association of Mountain Leaders


The “Dätwyler Sports” team awaits your visit during these two days,

and will be happy to share with you his sound advice, and a few little "tricks" that will allow you to enjoy your hikes with even more pleasure and comfort.

PHOTO STAND (Massimo Prati + Carole Reboul)

The Villardou Massimo Prati,

amateur naturalist photographer, spent most of his childhood in nature in the forests of Villars. He began photography in the 90s with the aim of immortalizing snowboarding friends in Bretaye, then came the time of travel and finally, during the 2000s, digital photography. He will first show off his camera on the roadside of Swiss rallies and even a few rounds of the world championship, before falling in love in 2016 for the bearded vulture. From then on, he spent almost all his free time immortalizing it in the wild and documenting it. At first, wildlife photography was a way for him to get out of his comfort zone and learn to channel his energy.

Some 2,300 hours on the lookout later, he has changed his vision of life and is trying to pass it on to as many people as possible. His work allows him to exchange with biologists in order to report his observations. Involved in the safeguarding and reintroduction of the bearded vulture, the "RENAISSANCE" project was born, a year with the bearded vulture, an educational exhibition that takes the visitor to learn and understand through images accompanied by short texts and QR codes the life of this emblematic bird reintroduced into the Alps more than 30 years ago following its extermination. He also wants, through this exhibition, to pay tribute to his first fan, his companion, who is never far away, she who helps him with what is not his cup of tea and who believes in him. . Always eager for new images, he willingly crosses the Swiss borders to go to France, Italy and quite recently he has completely changed continent since he went to South Africa to meet the bearded vulture of the Drakensberg mountains. His future projects? He's got it in his head, don't hesitate to ask him.

He will also be a guide during the “In the land of the bearded vulture” hike scheduled for September 4.

Carole Reboul,

photographer of the photo exhibition in kind, will also be on site with some shots.


Payot Bookstore and Nature & Discoveries

offer you a wide selection of useful and entertaining books and accessories, for mountain enthusiasts and budding hikers.


Villars Rando Festival

Hiking price
  • Adult – Day hike
    (from 16 years old) CHF 25.- (CHF 20.- until midnight August 21)


  • Adult – 1/2 day hike
    (from 16 years old) CHF 15.- (CHF 10.- until midnight August 21)


  • Child – Day or 1/2 day hike
    (from 5 years old) CHF 5.-


Villars Rando Festival


Practical information

You will find below all the practical information concerning the festival.

Festival schedule
  • Saturday September 3: 08h00 – 20h00.
  • Sunday September 4: 08h00 – 18h00.
Chalet schedule info
  • Saturday, September 3: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday September 4: 09:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Book your hike
  • Using the "Tickets" button at the top of the page
  • At the Villars Tourist Office
  • On site the day of the hike if there is room
Hiking in all weathers?
  • The hikes take place in all weathers .
  • The guides will suggest alternatives adapted to the weather conditions.

Information to come


Enjoy a stay at Chalet Royalp & Spa  during the event.

Refer to the “Accommodation” section at the bottom of the page for more information.

Our dog friends

Our 4-legged friends are not allowed on the hikes but they are welcome in the festival village.


Treat yourself to cancellation insurance with Infomaniak to insure your tickets against unforeseen circumstances.

Access and transport

Location of the event:

  • Market Square, in Villars


Villars Rando Festival