As a natural link between the Rhone plain and the Chamonix Valley, in the heart of the Mont-Blanc region, the Trient Valley is a region of genuine character and unforgettable beauty.
Distance 52.4 km
Breathtaking panoramic views of Mont Blanc, wild and mysterious gorges, the spectacular Emosson Valley with its dams and dinosaur footprints, the Trient Glacier and the Glacier des Grands, historic villages and a welcoming population. By taking the biking routes of the Trient Valley, you will be amazed and delighted by the attractive features of this atypical area.
Frontière franco-suisse, 1,656 m
Vernayaz, 452 m
Best time of year
The route is crossing France territory, so don't forget your ID.
Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as 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.
From Vernayaz (453m), take the old Route des Diligences, the first historical route between Martigny and Chamonix, built in the middle of 19th century. Go through the villages of Salvan (934m), Les Marécottes (1,030m), La Médettaz (1,068m), Le Trétien (1,021m), Finhaut (1,224m), Giétroz (1,360m), Châtelard-Village (1,123m), Châtelard-Frontière (1,116m) and Vallorcine (1,260m). From there leave the Route des Diligences and head on to Esserts (1,549m), then Tête Noire (1,199m), Trient (1,231m) and the Col de la Forclaz (1,528m). Enjoy the breathtaking view of Martigny and Rhône plain. Continue through the small villages of La Fontaine (846m) – Plan Cerisier (600m). Then cross the vineyard to the medieval tower of La Bâtiaz (574m). Then continue in the direction of Vernayaz (453m).
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A regional train is running every 30 minutes to Vernayaz (Simplon Line).
Motorway A9, exit 21 Martigny-Fully, follow direction Martigny and then take the road to St-Maurice until Vernayaz.
Free parking available at the train station Vernayaz MC, at the village entrance on the right.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Trient has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.