This scenic itinerary from Vallorcine to Champex-Lac explores the dramatic Espace Mont-Blanc region straddling the French-Swiss border.
Discover a mountain biking region of unique charm! Located at the heart of the Espace Mont-Blanc, the Trient valley links the Rhône valley and Chamonix valley, and promises a magical adventure. You’ll enjoy superb views of Mont Blanc, as well as a chance to visit fascinating attractions along the way – from natural gorges and the Trient glaciers to Emosson, with its dams, geological site and fossilised dinosaur footprints. The magnificent route beginning in Vallorcine (France) and ending in Champex-Lac (Switzerland) offers pure biking pleasure.
Visit the pink church of Trient, take a break at the sunny summit of the Col de la Forclaz and explore the Durnand gorges.
Tête de Balme, 1656 m
Le Brocard, 553 m
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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.
You can reach the start of the ride in Vallorcine by train, on the Mont-Blanc Express from Martigny (or from Chamonix). The route initially climbs to the base station of the Tête de Balme chairlift before crossing the border into Switzerland and then descending to the pretty hamlet of Les
Jeurs. Continue to the village of Trient, where you can visit the famous pink church. Then take the old La Forclaz road up to the Col de la Forclaz and begin the long descent to Martigny-Croix. This is where the ascent to Champex-Lac begins. Climb as far as Les Valettes. From here, take the road to the right that leads to the Durnand gorges, which you can visit along the way. Then continue the climb as far as Champex-Lac.
all notes on protected areas
On the Mont-Blanc Express from Martigny or Chamonix.
A9 motorway to Martigny (exit 21). Park in Martigny.
As this route has different starting and finishing points, we advise you to make use of public transport to reach the start of the ride in Vallorcine. We suggest you take the Mont-Blanc Express train from Martigny.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Trient has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1324 Barberine, 1325 Sembrancher et 1345 Orsières
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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