From the base of the Dents du Midi to the shores of Lake Geneva, on this ninth stage you will discover the Vallée d’Illiez on its left side as you descend into the Rhone Valley. You reach Lake Geneva along the Stockalper canal on the banks of the Rhone River.
Distance 57 km
From Champery, you scale the Col de Champoussin (1,588m), all the while enjoying the view of the imposing Dent du Midi range. Soon after there is another 6km climb towards the high plateau at the Pas de Morgins. Finally, you descend back into the Rhone Valley where you follow the banks of the Rhone to Lake Geneva.
Make a small detour into the village of Troistorrents to enjoy a pastry at the Boulangerie / tea-room de la Poste. If you are riding this stage on a Wednesday morning, be sure to stop by the market on the central square at Monthey.
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).
Tips and hints
Getting thereExit Autoroute A9 at Bex (exit 19) from Sion or St.Triphon (exit 18) from Lausanne. Follow signs to Porte de Soleil / Champéry.
ParkingThis tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at the AOMC train station or at the cable car, follow the local park routeing to access them.
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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.
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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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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