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Val d’Illiez - Scenic & side valleys

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  • Dents du Midi
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On a magnificent alpine pass route, you leave the Rhone valley behind and take the left bank of the Val d'Illiez as far as Troistorrents. Then, the climb heads in the direction of the villages of Val d'Illiez and Champéry.
moderate
Distance 15.6 km
1:50 h
660 m
60 m
1,047 m
426 m
The Val d'Illiez is a charming valley at the foot of the majestic Dents du Midi and Dents Blanches mountain ranges. Setting off from the town of Monthey on a route full of switchbacks, you join the cantonal road to Val d'Illiez, the first stage of which takes you past the village of Troistorrents. The church in the village has a beautiful bell whose sound can be heard far away in the surrounding mountains. The hairpin climb passes through the villages of Val d'Illiez and Champéry, following a route above the winding river Vièze down below. Throughout the ascent, the imposing silhouette of the Dents du Midi is a constant companion. Don’t forget to take the time to admire it and draw energy from it!

Author’s recommendation

A stop at the baker’s in Troistorrents to stock up on energy is an absolute must. It is located on the main square of the village, behind the church
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
Champéry, 1,047 m
Lowest point
Monthey, 426 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).

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- Val d'Illiez

Start

Monthey (425 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'562'166E 1'122'151N
DD
46.249725, 6.948061
DMS
46°14'59.0"N 6°56'53.0"E
UTM
32T 341831 5123840
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Destination

Champéry

Turn-by-turn directions

Setting off from Monthey town centre, a route full of switchbacks will take you to the cantonal road to Val d'Illiez, the first stage of which takes you past the village of Troistorrents. The municipality of Troistorrents is home to a number of high-profile sportsmen and women, most notably skiers. It also permitted local cycling champion Steve Morabito to build up his confidence and stamina on the region’s routes. You then pass through Val d'Illiez, a village whose thermal springs could prove soothing and beneficial after a strenuous bike ride. Val d'Illiez has adopted the Dents du Midi mountain range as its symbol, and you can admire the summits during the climb. The mountains have names that speak volumes about their majesty: Cathédrale, Forteresse, Eperon, Dent Jaune, Doigts de Salanfe...

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

To reach Monthey, take the regional trains running on the Simplon line between Brig and St-Gingolph. 

Getting there

Exit A9 motorway at Bex (exit 19) and follow signs to Monthey centre ville. Coming from Lausanne, take the exit 18 (St-Triphon) and don't continue through the tunnel to Collombey Valley but take the road direction to Monthey centre-ville. 

Parking

Different parking possibilities in Monthey, please follow the local car park routeing: 

  • Place Cardinale (Route du Simplon)
  • Parking at AOMC train station (Avenue de France 6)
  • Parking Municipal (Place de l'Hôtel de Ville) 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'562'166E 1'122'151N
DD
46.249725, 6.948061
DMS
46°14'59.0"N 6°56'53.0"E
UTM
32T 341831 5123840
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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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.6 km
Duration
1:50 h
Ascent
660 m
Descent
60 m
Highest point
1,047 m
Lowest point
426 m
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