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Les Giettes – Valais Cycling Tour

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  • Massongex-Les Giettes climb
    / Massongex-Les Giettes climb
    Photo: Monthey Tourisme, Monthey Tourisme
  • / Massongex-Les Giettes climb
    Photo: Monthey Tourisme, Monthey Tourisme
  • / Massongex-Les Giettes climb
    Photo: Monthey Tourisme, Monthey Tourisme
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With its views over the impressive Dents du Midi massif, this little-known climb up to the village of Les Giettes is definitely worth tackling. The slope is steep at times, but the panoramic views mean you’ll hardly notice the effort!
moderate
Distance 9.8 km
1:00 h
741 m
2 m
1,139 m
398 m
As you leave the banks of the Rhône in Massongex, the route heads towards the Dent de Valerette, then follows the edge of the forest on a level section for several kilometres before reaching the hamlet of Fontany. From there, the road winds through a series of hairpin bends and climbs sharply to quickly pick up altitude again. After passing below the village of Daviaz, the route follows a straighter course alongside meadows, then continues through Vérossaz via two broad turns. The final part of the climb takes place in the shade of the forest, with the gradient remaining tough the bulk of the time. Remember to take an occasional glimpse through the trees at the Chablais valley below. At just over 1,100 metres in altitude, you’ll reach the finishing point of the route in the village of Les Giettes. When you arrive at the fork in the road, you can choose to head back down towards Choëx or turn right to continue climbing for a few more kilometres.

Author’s recommendation

Feel like climbing even higher? The Chalet des Cerniers and the Buvette de Chindonne, two and six kilometres into the route respectively, both offer picturesque terraces and a menu that will have your taste buds tingling.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Les Giettes, municipality of Monthey, 1,139 m
Lowest point
Massongex, bridge over the Rhône, 398 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).

Tips and hints

Further information:

Start

Massongex, bridge over the Rhône (399 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'565'413E 1'121'369N
DD
46.242867, 6.990213
DMS
46°14'34.3"N 6°59'24.8"E
UTM
32T 345061 5122995
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Destination

Les Giettes, municipality of Monthey

Turn-by-turn directions

If you’re arriving from the banks of the Rhône, head to the information signpost on the Valais side of the bridge across the river. Continue across the cantonal road and through the village of Massongex towards the station, where the starting post marks out the beginning of the climb towards Daviaz, Vérossaz and finally the village of Les Giettes some 10.4 kilometres away. There are Valais cycle signs throughout the climb.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

SBB train station in Massongex, Tonkin line

Getting there

Motorway exit 19 to Bex, then head towards Massongex

Parking

Massongex football pitch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'565'413E 1'121'369N
DD
46.242867, 6.990213
DMS
46°14'34.3"N 6°59'24.8"E
UTM
32T 345061 5122995
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25,000: 1304 Val d'Illiez

Equipment

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.8 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
741 m
Descent
2 m
Highest point
1,139 m
Lowest point
398 m
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