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Cycling Stage

Valais Cycling Tour: Verbier - Champéry (stage 8)

Cycling · Wallis
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  • Gleitschirm
    / Gleitschirm
    Photo: Verbier Promotion, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Champex-Lac
    / Champex-Lac
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  • Abbaye de Saint-Maurice
    / Abbaye de Saint-Maurice
    Photo: Abbaye de Saint-Maurice/Archeotec, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Lac de Champex
    / Lac de Champex
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Alpine Botanical Garden Flore-Alpe
    / Alpine Botanical Garden Flore-Alpe
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  • Château de La Bâtiaz
    / Château de La Bâtiaz
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From the famous mountain resort of Verbier to the Val d'Illiez, this eighth stage takes you on a voyage of discovery, from the high mountain lake of Champex to the peaceful roads through the Rhone Valley along the banks of the Rhone River.

difficult
107.6 km
7:30 h
2882 m
3342 m

After leaving Verbier, you will have a nice warm-up exploring the Val de Bagnes. The first climb awaits between Orsières and the entrance to the Val Ferret and the pastoral Lake Champex. Before your descent into the valley, you take a detour along the old road towards the Col de la Forclaz to enjoy the view above Martigny and the Rhone Valley. The final climb up Val d’Illiez takes you via Les Giettes towards Champery via an impressive high-mountain road perched along the base of the cliffs of the Dents du Midi.

Author’s recommendation

After an effort, relax! Nothing is more relaxing for sore muscles than a good hot bath in the thermal waters of Val d’Illiez, from where you can also enjoy a stunning view over the mountains.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Col de Champex, 1497 m
Lowest point
Massongex, 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.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

More information: 

Start

Verbier, Place Centrale (1490 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.096217, 7.228474
UTM
32T 363065 5106263

Destination

Champéry

Turn-by-turn directions

After leaving behind the resort of Verbier and the Bagnes Valley, you ride in the direction of the Grand-St-Bernard pass and Italy, avoiding the main road until the village of Orsières. Then you discover the little resort of Champex with its lake seemingly suspended between the mountains and the sky. On the return to the Rhone Valley, the route passes through the Col de la Forclaz just above Martigny and ancient city that dates back to roman times. Between Martigny and St-Maurice, you have a nice topographically “easy” section before attacking the climb to Les Giettes. On the descent from Les Giettes, you take a left on a small road to enter into the Illiez Valley for the final climb. A panoramic view of the Dents du Midi and the Dentes Blanches will inspire you up into the valley. But if your legs are feeling a bit too tired, roll down to Monthey and catch a lift to Champéry via the AOMC train from Monthey centre. Take note that the AOMC train station is not the same as the CFF train station.

Public transport

Train TMR Martigny>Le Châble then gondola from Le Châble > Verbier.

Getting there

From the autoroute E27 Martigny Grand Saint Bernard, follow signs to Grand-Saint-Bernard / Verbier until Sembrancher, then follow signs to Verbier / Le Châble.

Parking

This 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 is a parking at Le Châble, follow the local park routeing to access them. 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
107.6 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
2882 m
Descent
3342 m
In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip Summit route

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