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Wild camping - view and solitude

First thing's first - I've done the research. Wild camping is loosely prohibited, depending on canton, altitude, camouflage, etc. Legality aside, I'm looking for a place to pitch a tent and relax in nature for a couple nights with my OH. Some simple no/low-impact no-trace-behind camping.

Speaking of the OH, this is primarily for her sake. She sent me the image below a few months back and said, "I want this for my birthday." Well, her wish, my command. But I'm really struggling to find any resources on spots like this.

But ideally, what I'm after is a long, steep drive up a seldom frequented road, and finding a pitch of grass with an alpine view. Some kind of lake or river nearby (within a 30-min drive) would also be a huge bonus.

I would also be happy to pay a nominal fee for camping on someone's land, should you have any particular parcel in mind.

Regarding campsites, this would be fine, given that it has views and some degree of privacy, the latter of which I find a rarity in Switzerland, if not the whole of Europe.

And, ideally, now that I've made you a think I'm a creature of no comforts, I'd like to be able to have our car easily accessible so we don't have to pack everything into a backpack.

Oh, right, and we plan to bring our dog with us.

Help me out, EF!

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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

I would love advice on exactly the same thing. A few nights with the kids. Low impact camping without anyone else around. Any luck finding something?
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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

The ski area Avoriaz in France is empty during the summer months. There are plenty of deserted tracks going off into the woods, and on a dry night you don't need a tent.

https://www.google.ch/maps/dir/Commu...43!2d46.189683
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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

I'd love the same kind of information for places that can be reached not by car but on the Swiss GA (year-card for public transport all over Switzerland) and no more than about an hour's walk from the last Postauto stop.
Camping on someone's land also fine, perhaps in exchange for very little money, or for a bit of help around the house/farm by the young folk... No dog in this group.
Anyone? Thanks.
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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

If you want to camp in the Jura, on the Swiss-French border- with lovely walks and lakes on both sides of the border, Le Creux-du-Van, Les Gorges de l'Areuse, Gorges de la Poetta Raisse, Chasseron, Château de Joux, Little Siberia (La Brévine) and Lac des Taillères and Lac St Point- just get in touch.

Train down in the Valley and bus stop 200m away, to both sides of border.
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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

To those looking for a dry bed and a warm shower somewhere in the green or in the woods:

Check out www.naturfreunde.ch, they have about 80 locations all over CH. They're similar to the "AC Hütte", except they're in sub-alpine areas.

Conditions, service level, opening hours and days vary by a lot, each location is unique.

Some houses have a Hüttenwart, who in many cases also cooks, if not you have a kitchen where you can cook yourself. Comfort levels and prices vary quite a bit, prices for grownup non-members start below 20CHF a night in some cases. Usually the house/cabin is somewhere in the green, parking lot may be neighboring or up to perhaps a ten-minute walk off.
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Re: Wild camping - view and solitude

Since you live in France, you can take advantage of the different rules there. A good site, if you read French, is this one: http://www.randonner-leger.org/. There is a section explaining where you can do what in the various National Parks, etc. I use it a lot at the moment, as I'm backpacking for a week in the Alps next week.
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