OverviewTour de Mayen stands east of the slightly higher Tour d'Aï, above the ski resort of Leysin. Both are equally dramatic with large cliffs broken by grassy ramps surrounding the Tour. The Tours are separated by a small valley, which leads down to Lac de Mayen.
The hiking trail comes up from Leyin and round the back of the tour before weaving through cliffs, including some chain, to the summit.
The route to the summit gives impressive east and north faces of Tour D'Aï and vertical cliff. From the top there are excellent views across to Lake Geneva, the Bernese Oberland and the surrounding area.
Getting ThereBy Train: There are regularly trains that run around Lake Geneva and into the Rhóne Valley. At the town of Aigle you need to change onto a ratchet train, which will bring you up to the village of Leysin. This journey takes approximately 2 hours.
By Car: Head for Aigle and then turn into the valley towards the village of Le Sepey. From here the road leads to Leysin. There are also postal buses from Le Sepey.
From Leysin the walk up to the base of the cliffs is around an hour and a half. Otherwise there is the cablecar up to La Berneuse. There is then a path down to Lac d'Aï. From the lake there is a road which heads round below Tour D'Aï to Tour De Mayen. There are some buildings, including a cowshed and from here the route begins and is marked by signposts.
Camping & AccomodationLeysin camping (found on the web):
Camping du Soleil
Other accomodation includes the Grand Chalet and the Hiking Sheep.
External LinksLeysin's website is here.
Nearby PeaksOther peaks above Leysin include:
Tour d'Aï (2331m)
Tour de Famelon (2138m)