Starting from Martigny, you first start climbing up the valley towards Sembrancher, then to Orsières without much difficulty. The real ascent starts in the Val d’Entremont until Bourg-St-Pierre and then to the Grand-St-Bernard pass.
From Martigny to Orsières the slope is quite mild, giving you a nice gentle warm-up during the first few kilometres. Leaving the Val Ferret to your right, you begin your climb up the Val d’Entremont and things begin to get serious! The slope gets steeper but remains steady as you cross the villages of Liddes and Bourg-St-Pierre on this road to Italy. You will discover Mont Rogneux and the peaks of the Combins in full panorama as you climb in the midst of alpine meadows. Shortly after Bourg-St-Pierre, you ride through several kilometres of galleries before the road splits to the right up towards the Col du Grand-St-Bernard. The last kilometres are difficult but are surrounded by incredibly beautiful Alpine scenery.
The St. Bernard Dogs of the Barry Foundaition pass the summer months on the Great St. Bernard Pass. From July to August, the Barry Foundation gives visitors to the Great St Bernard pass the opportunity to accompany the hospice dogs on a 1½ hour hike.
Safety informationStrictly 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).
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Getting thereTake the A9 Motorway exit E27 autoroute Martigny/Grand St. Bernard. At the roundabout, follow signs towards Col de la Forclaz / Chamonix (France)
ParkingParking de la Porte d’Octodure at motorway exit. Follow the car-park routeing in Martigny.
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EquipmentWe recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
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