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Champex Bike

Mountain Bike · Orsières
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The resort is appropriately nicknamed “Switzerland’s little Canada” with its vast forests, lake and traditional wooden chalets.

easy
10.3 km
1:00 h
297 m
297 m

The walk starts in the centre of Champex-Lac village (1,467m) and is followed by a slight climb on the Adray side, where you will have the benefit of a great view of the lake. Head along the river on a path that goes down to Champex-d’en-Bas. From here, cross the bridge and go back up towards Champex-Lac, before getting back to the lake.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the botanical garden "Flore-Alpe" and discover the local plants and alpine herbs. 

 

Difficulty
S0 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Champex-Lac, 1586 m
Lowest point
Durnand d'Arpette, 1341 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

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: 

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Start

Champex-Lac (1467 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.029951, 7.116842
UTM
32T 354262 5099099

Destination

Champex-Lac

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts in Champex, a village nestled around a magnificent Alpine lake. After a few metres, follow the lake and take the opportunity to admire the reflection of the Grand Combin – which peaks at over 4,400 metres. After a slight ascent at Aldray, you will be greeted by an exceptional view over the lake and the village. Follow the river until you get to the two other villages that make up the resort – Champex d'en Haut and Champex d'en Bas, after which the route leads uphill through a magnificent larch forest. Bike back down towards the lake, doing a circuit in the forest on the other side of the resort before heading north of the lake via the banks of a marsh, which is a protected site of national importance due to its scenic value and many rare animal and plant species.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the Simplon line to Martigny, and then take the Martigny-Orsières train, changing at Sembrancher. In Orsières, take the bus to Champex-Lac. Find all the information you need for your journey (train and bus) on www.cff.ch.

Getting there

Take the A9/E62 motorway to Martigny then follow the signs to Grand-Saint-Bernard up to Orsières. For Champex-Lac, drive into Orsières and follow the signs.

Parking

At the entrance of the resort (Artillery Fort car park), on the way out of the resort (cable car parking area). Some parking spaces in the centre of the resort.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher


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Difficulty
S0 easy
Distance
10.3 km
Duration
1:00h
Ascent
297 m
Descent
297 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly

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