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Col des Montets (FRA) – Legendary Mountain Passes

Cycling · Rhône-Alpes
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The Col des Montets is relatively easy: it is only seven kilometres long with 500 metres of climbing. It’s situated in France but is still part of the Trient Valley.

moderate
7.1 km
1:00 h
356 m
3 m

Between Le Châtelard on the French-Swiss border and the Col des Montets, the road does not present any significant difficulties. The slope is never too steep and the road surface is in excellent condition. You will cross the village of Vallorcine and its rustic nature. At the summit, the route continues in the direction of Argentière and Chamonix.

Author’s recommendation

As a reward at the top of the pass, take the time to admire the beautiful panorama that awaits you. 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Col des Montets, 1466 m
Lowest point
Le Châtelard, 1110 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

More information :

Start

Le Châtelard (1110 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.055262, 6.953810
UTM
32T 341717 5102223

Destination

Col des Montets

Turn-by-turn directions

The Col des Montets is probably the easiest pass in the Valais network. For a change, this climb does not require too much effort! From Le Châtelard until the summit, the road is pleasant and crosses the Mont Blanc Express train linking Martigny to Chamonix. The mountain resort of Vallorcine about mid-way up is worth a visit, and the view at the summit will make you want to continue your ride towards Argentières and Chamonix.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

From Martigny, take the regional train (TMR) to Le Châtelard.

Getting there

Motorway A9 to Martigny, then continue on the E27 Road to Martigny-Combe, where you take the road to the Forclaz Pass. Pass by Trient and arrive at Le Châtelard.

Parking

Parking at the village of Le Châtelard.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochures : Road cycling map

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps: 1324 Barberine / 1344 Col de Balme


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
1:00h
Ascent
356 m
Descent
3 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly

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