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Les Cerniers – Scenic & side valleys

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  • Monthey-Les Cerniers climb
    / Monthey-Les Cerniers climb
    Photo: Steve Morabito, Steve Morabito
  • / Monthey-Les Cerniers climb
    Photo: Steve Morabito, Steve Morabito
  • / Monthey-Les Cerniers climb
    Photo: Steve Morabito, Steve Morabito
  • / Monthey-Les Cerniers climb
    Photo: Steve Morabito, Valais
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This route takes you from Monthey to Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents du Midi, with a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and the Rhône Valley at an altitude of 1,289 metres.
Distance 11.5 km
1:30 h
863 m
0 m
1,289 m
426 m
Set off on a striking climb full of contrasts. This route starts close to Monthey town centre, beside the old, wooden-covered bridge built in 1809. Begin your climb up the hillside, gradually leaving the urban environment behind you, to reach the village of Choëx where the road winds through forests and clearings. At Les Giettes, you will need to turn off to the right and follow the signs for Les Cerniers where your arrival will be accompanied by a spectacular view of the mountains and Lake Geneva.

Author’s recommendation

If you have some energy left, you can explore Val d’Illiez or the Chindonne mountain pasture or relax on the beautiful terraces of the Restaurant Les Cerniers.
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Update: February 03, 2021
Highest point
Les Cerniers, 1,289 m
Lowest point
Monthey, Vieux Pont, 426 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Les Cerniers, restaurant

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).

Tips and hints

More information about the destination Monthey and Region Dents du Midi:


Region Dents du Midi


Monthey, Vieux Pont (426 m)
2'562'155E 1'122'138N
46.249602, 6.947921
46°14'58.6"N 6°56'52.5"E
32T 341820 5123827


Les Cerniers

Turn-by-turn directions

From the covered bridge in Monthey, head for the hills on a gentle climb along a wide road. After a few hundred metres, two signposts give you the choice of two routes. Continue straight ahead and follow the signs for Les Cerniers. Four similar signs will guide you throughout your climb and inform you of your progress. Keep climbing until you reach the village of Les Giettes, less than two kilometres from the summit. Turn off to the right to tackle the final few metres of the ascent to be rewarded with a stunning vantage point. Nestled between the lake, mountains and a larch forest, you will find a fantastical village of white domes housing luxurious accommodation in the heart of nature.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Take the train (SBB) to Monthey railway station, then change for a bus which will take you to the start of the route. From the station, you can also decide to cycle to the starting point.

Getting there

From the A9 motorway, take exit 19 towards Bex, Monthey Sud and follow the signs to reach the town of Monthey.


Several parking spots are available either beside the Philippe-Pottier Stadium or the tennis courts, just a few metres from the route’s starting point.


2'562'155E 1'122'138N
46.249602, 6.947921
46°14'58.6"N 6°56'52.5"E
32T 341820 5123827
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Monthey has got brochures and information material about cycling in the region.

Road Cycling Map Valais

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1304 Val d'Illiez / 1284 Monthey


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

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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11.5 km
1:30 h
863 m
Highest point
1,289 m
Lowest point
426 m
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