The Vanil Noir 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.
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.
There's a demanding alpine trail (T5) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Cabane Bounavaux located 1 324m/4 344ft WNW of the summit.
By elevation Vanil Noir is
# 1 out of 10 in Vanil Noir # 1 out of 234 in Fribourg # 1 out of 112 in Gruyère District # 43 out of 387 in Vaud # 6 out of 172 in Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park # 6 out of 95 in District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut
By prominence Vanil Noir is
# 1 out of 10 in Vanil Noir # 5 out of 1882 in the Swiss Prealps # 1 out of 234 in Fribourg # 1 out of 112 in Gruyère District # 1 out of 387 in Vaud # 1 out of 172 in Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park # 1 out of 95 in District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut # 24 out of 10817 in Switzerland
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