TOUR DU MONT BLANC

7 days, 3 countries

TOUR DU MONT BLANC

7 days, 3 countries

TOUR DU MONT BLANC

7 days, 3 countries

A journey through spectacular alpine scenery around Europe’s highest mountain.


The ultimate Mountain biking experience for anybody who shares the idea of having to earn your way down by riding up first. Starting from Verbier we will ride around the Mont Blanc in 6 days. Enjoy the change in surroundings, culture, and cuisine while traveling through 3 countries, Switzerland, Italy and France. Every day we will be crossing a high mountain pass with stunning views over the Alps and a rewarding descent into a new valley. Overnight in a local guesthouse, hotel or mountain hut. Your luggage is transported daily so you only need to bring a small daypack on your ride.

  • Crossing high mountain passes between 3 countries
  • Stay in a mountain hut
  • Spectacular views over Mont Blanc
  • Experience authentic mountain life

Dates: Sunday 15.09 – Sunday 22.09.2019
Price: CHF 1425

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Tour de Mont Blanc package includes:

  • 7-night accommodation with breakfast
  • Daily packed lunch
  • Snack on arrival at the hotel each day
  • Dinner 6 nights (dinner in Chamonix not included)
  • 6 days guided biking
  • Luggage transport and technical assistance
  • Riding through 3 countries, Switzerland, Italy, and France
  • Best views of the impressive Mont Blanc glaciers
  • Use of the hot tub at the bike chalet
  • Souvenir T-Shirt

Riding levels: fitness 2/3-5
Technical ability: 2-5
Style: XC trail – Enduro adventure

What’s my level

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a challenging journey for the adventurous mountain biker with good physical endurance and perseverance and capable of handling a mountain bike on steep technical climbs and descents on singletrack. When in doubt about your level contact us or book a week package at our chalet.

Optional

  • Single room (where possible) CHF 315
  • Bike hire CHF 220
  • Additional night stay before or after tour CHF 75, -incl. breakfast, CHF 110 with breakfast & dinner
  • Additional guided riding days CHF 95,- including Verbier lift pass or shuttle service

Not including

  • One night dinner in Chamonix
  • Drinks at hotels and during dinner
  • Personal expenses
  • Lift passes
  • Travel or accident insurance

Required

  • Medical / accident insurance covering for medical costs and mountain rescue

Advised

  • Travel insurance, covering for lost luggage, travel delays etc.
  • Holiday cancellation insurance, refund of holiday cost in case you need to cancel your holiday.

Daily Program


Km and climbing meters are the daily minimum and extra optional riding will be proposed daily according to fitness and interest of the riders and the weather conditions.

Arrival day, feel at home in the Swiss Alps

Sunday arrival at our chalet. Settle in and relax, For those who want we will go for a short ride at 17.00 hrs to test the bikes and legs.

Swiss authentic villages, pristine mountain lake, rugged peaks

Breakfast from 8.00 and departure for the first stage at 10.00. We will ride down the valley and will pass through some authentic Swiss mountain villages. At the lowest point, we will continue our journey into the Grand St. Bernard Valley and up to Champex Lac for Lunch at the lake. We will ride down into Val Ferret and ride on a mix of gravel paths and single track to our overnight at the base of the Mont Dolent with great views of the La Neuve Glacier and the rugged peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges.
47 km / 1550 m

Swiss cows, crossing the border on a high mountain pass, espresso in the mountains, Gelato in Courmayeur

After a short warm-up, we cross the river and turn onto a jeep track that will eventually turn to singletrack. A beautiful but demanding climb will bring us to the mountain pass Grand Col Ferret at 2537 m. Spectacular views over both the Swiss and Italian side of the mountain range. Impressive rock formations, massive glaciers, and roaring alpine streams. What follows is a technical descent on the Italian side until we reach the mountain hut, Refugio Elena for espresso and cake. We continue down the valley and will turn off onto a steep jeep track on the left side of the valley for a challenging climb and a beautiful traverse with views across to the glaciers of Mont Blanc. next stop, Gelato in Courmayeur. What rests us is a final climb to our overnight mountain with uninterrupted views across to Mont Blanc.

Old smugglers trail to high mountain pass into France, super fun and flow descent, the impressive dam at Lac Roseland

We start with a short downhill but will soon be climbing up to the Col de la Seigne, 2516m on the border with France. The climb will start on asphalt but will turn into a jeep track after which we will follow the old smuggler’s trail over the mountain pass. The pass offers us once again a great view, this time into France. A flowing and long downhill will bring us down to a group of old barns and further down to the remote village of Les Chapieux. In winter this valley is tortured by avalanches and is therefore cut off from the outside world for most of the winter. From here we start our climb to Cormet de Roseland and around the lake. We will stay overnight looking out over Lac Roseland.
49 km / 1550 m

French Cows, hike a bike, the best view of Mont Blanc, overnight at a cozy mountain hut.

We will start climbing almost instantly. A farm track leads us above Lac de Roseland from where we can see the next climb winding up the mountain in numerous hairpin turns. This long climb leads us to the top of Col de Gittaz that we will reach by carrying our bikes for the last 20 minutes. From the top, we have one of the best views of Mont Blanc and its impressive glaciers. A technical descent and short climb gets us to Col de Joly after which we start a fun descent to Les Contamines. A beautiful trail leads us along the river before we start the final climb to our overnight in a mountain hut. A tough and steep ride to a rewarding beautiful location.
48 km / 1650 m

Technical singletrack, Mont Blanc railroad, Aiguille de Midi, with tourists from all around the world.

We start with a traverse on a trail that has some challenges in it and for safety reasons a few walking sections. After this fun trail, we will start the steep climb up to the Col de Voza. From there we make an extra loop with fantastic views and finally, it is down to Les Houches and a ride along the river to Chamonix. Spent a relaxing afternoon watching climbers and tourists from all over the world and visit one of the must-see sights in Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi at 3800 meters. Reached by an impressive cable car. (no riding down from there, unfortunately).
31 km / 920 m

Final day with a challenging balcony trail, last views of Mont Blanc before crossing back into Switzerland, finish the ride in the vineyards.

We follow the valley up towards Argentiere and La Tour. In La Tour, you have the option to take the lift or climb up to Col de Balme which is the border with Switzerland. From the col, a spectacular singletrack leads us into the Trient Valley. Our last Climb will be to the Col de Forclaz. What rests is the ride down through the vineyards to the old Roman city of Martigny in the Rhone Valley. We will celebrate the end of our tour around Mont Blanc with a drink on one of the terraces to wait for the van to drive us back to the MTB Verbier Chalet.
40 km / 1450 m

Departure day, great memories, see you next time

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You bring home memories of a great mountain bike adventure… Already looking forward to your next tour in the Alps.

Additional information


The trip will be guided by experienced guides. They have a great knowledge of the area and besides being skilled mountain bikers they are first aid trained and have great mechanical skills to do repairs on the trail. They will make sure you have the trip of a lifetime.

During the trip, we will transport your luggage to each hotel. We stay overnight in accommodations that suit the character of the journey. A local family run hotel, mountain cabin or alpine chalet. Room preferences will be accommodated wherever possible but in general, you will be sharing a room and in some locations, we will need to share a room with multiple persons

On a tour like this good food is of major importance. All meals are inclusive (except for the dinner in Chamonix) Breakfast and dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel each day and we will provide you with a packed lunch each day. On our rides, we will have the opportunity to enjoy a cold drink or an extra meal at a mountain cabin or local restaurant.

Your bike will need to be in top condition. We recommend riding a full suspension bike with gears suitable for steeps. Recommended is the lightest gear you can find. On 2×11 setups,  go for a 22 or 24 in front and a 42 on the rear cassette. When riding 1×11 or 1×12 we recommend a 28 or 30 set up in front (standard will be a 32 or 34 in front on most set ups) You will definitely need those. When in doubt “the easier the gear the better” you will not regret this.

For tires, we recommend a wider tire of a minimum of 2.3 with an all-round thread. Lightweight and narrow XC tires are not suitable.

A dropper seatpost is highly recommended or an easy way to lower your seat manually.

On request, rental bikes can be arranged through us.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a challenging journey for the adventurous mountain biker with a good physical shape, endurance and perseverance and capable of handling a mountain bike on steep technical climbs and descents on singletrack. Where possible we have kept the riding on roads to a minimum so most kilometers will be in the dirt.

Clearly, the Tour du Mont Blanc demands good preparation.

  • Make sure you have been riding plenty of kilometers in the months leading up. Make sure to make a number of day trips of at least 4-5 hours in the saddle. If possible challenge yourself on steep technical climbs to practice balance and get used to riding the lightest gear.
  • Get used to riding with a backpack of approx. 6-10 kg

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