Venturing through Darkness: Exploring Switzerland's Historic Tunnel de les Agites

Tunnel de les Agites is a high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 1.517m (4,977ft) above the sea level, located in the district of Aigle in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.

Tunnel de les Agites

How long is Tunnel de les Agites?

Tucked away in the western part of the country, the tunnel, also known as Tunnel de la Sarse, is 382 meters long. It was built between 1938 and 1940 by the André Crausaz company in Aigle with the participation of the Service des AF du canton de Vaud and on the initiative of Bernard Pelfini, syndic of Corbeyrier.

Is Tunnel de les Agites open?

The tunnel carries the challenging Route de l'Hongrin. Carved out of the rock, it has no other illumination other than a few shafts of natural light. The very narrow tunnel is single lane. From 1st July to 15th August, the road is open, with possible delays due to military operations. Weekends and bank holidays from 7h to 19h: ascent (direction Lécherette) during the first quarter of each hour (00 to 15), descent (direction Corbeyrier) during the third quarter of each hour (30-45). From 1st June to 30th June and from 16th August to 31st October, the road is open only on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). From 1st November to 31st May, the road is closed to all traffic.
Pic: Jürg Kappeler