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Tour du Mont-Blanc Bike Champex-Grand Col Ferret

Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • 3 cyclists on their way to the Tour du Mont Blanc
    / 3 cyclists on their way to the Tour du Mont Blanc
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  • Lac de Champex
    / Lac de Champex
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • La Fouly
    / La Fouly
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Map / Tour du Mont-Blanc Bike Champex-Grand Col Ferret
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Tackle a section of the legendary Tour du Mont Blanc by mountain bike: from Champex-Lac to the Grand Col Ferret.

difficult
27.3 km
6:46 h
1693 m
625 m

Starting point for the ride is the idyllic village of Champex-Lac, located at an altitude of 1,467 m. The itinerary takes you all the way to the Italian border, at 2,537 m, via the villages of Issert, Praz-de-Fort and La Fouly. For a well-deserved break, stop for refreshments at the alpine farmstead of La Peule. From here, continue your climb as far as the Grand Col Ferret on the Italian-Swiss border. Once at the top, you can either continue to Courmayeur in Italy or return by the same route. 

Author’s recommendation

Champex’s lake is a natural gem, offering activities including stand-up paddling, pedalo rides, fishing and walks around its tranquil shores.

Difficulty
S1 difficult
Technique
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Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Grand Col Ferret, 2536 m
Lowest point
Creux des Pas, 1039 m
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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: 

Pays-du-st-Bernard

Start

Champex-Lac (1467 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.030164, 7.116482
UTM
32T 354234 5099123

Destination

Grand Col Ferret

Turn-by-turn directions

The itinerary begins with a ride through the resort of Champex-Lac via the main road, from which you enjoy fine views of the lake and the Combins massif. Continue downhill towards Orsières, but after passing the first two bends, take the unpaved road to the right which descends all the way to the main road up the Val Ferret. Then, before entering the village of Issert, take a left turn and pass above the village to reach Praz-de-Fort. Cross the Saleinaz plateau beyond and then follow the main road for a distance of 200 metres. Turn off to the left; you will rejoin the main valley road by the hamlet of Branche d’en Bas. At Branche d’en Haut, head across to the other, western, side of the river, and then back again before crossing the main valley road and the hamlet of Prayon to ride through the forest as far as La Fouly. Continue on to Ferret and then Les Ars Dessous. Turn right onto the unpaved road to cross the river and head up to the alpine farmstead of La Peule. Finally, follow the path up to the Grand Col Ferret.

Public transport

Train to Orsières; then bus (TMR line) to Champex-Lac (or to La Fouly, if following the route in reverse direction).

Getting there

A9 motorway to Martigny (exit 22). Follow signs for the Great St Bernard Pass until Orsières, then turn off to the right for Champex-Lac.

Parking

Start and finish points for the ride are different, so we recommend you make use of public transport. Free parking is available at the base station of the chairlift in Champex-Lac.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Orsières has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1345 Orsières / 1365 Gd-St-Bernard


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Difficulty
S1 difficult
Distance
27.3 km
Duration
6:46 h
Ascent
1693 m
Descent
625 m
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