E-MTB Alps Traverse
E-MTB Mega-traverse Switzerland, Italy & France
After nearly 20 years of running mountain bike adventures in this region we can’t recall being this excited about a new itinerary. This legendary route begins near Zermatt Switzerland, travels across spectacular mountains to Verbier, over a remote pass, into Italy’s spectacular Aosta Valley to Courmayeur and around Mont Blanc to mind-blowing Chamonix. As it is on all Big Mountain trips, we aim to ride the best singletrack daily, that said, you can also expect some sections of gravel road and even asphalt at times. Four nights will be spent in alpine huts where you'll carry the essentials (tooth brush, etc) needed for the evening while three nights are spent at hotels with our vehicle support and your luggage. This is an amazing adventure, the ultimate Haute Route traverse meets circumnavigation of Mont Blanc via Switzerland, Italy & France - for advanced level riders. Who’s in?
*Optional 'epic' add-on: add a night and day to begin this trip in Zermatt. Get in touch with us and let's start planning.
Day 1: Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland. Ride to Hotel Weisshorn. — 6 km
Train from Geneva Airport to Sierre, short transfer then monorail lift to a quick ride to our spectacular historic hotel, built in 1882 situated at 2337 meters.
Day 2: Ride Hotel Weisshorn to Val D’Hérens, Switzerland. — 41 km
Set out on the sweetest singletrack you can imagine with views of the Matterhorn. After coffee in the classic Swiss town of Grimenz we’ll go up and down impressive big mountains with a final massive singletrack descent.
Day 3: Ride Val D’Hérens to Lourtier, Switzerland. — 44 km
Start with a short descent followed by a long contouring pedal towards Verbier. We’ll grab a lift and drop down to a nice lunch, then up again to 2950 meters to descend to the iconic Cabane du Mont Fort for a cafe, and another big descent to our hotel.
Day 4: Ride Lourtier to Chaligne, Italy — 60 km
Up to the impressive Barrage de Mauvoisin dam then we ride through several tunnels and finally to a high-alpine pass at 2797 meters and the Italian border. Down to the town of Etroubles and a final climb to the Rifugio Chaligne for a well-deserved Italian feast.
Day 5: Ride Chaligne to Courmayeur, Italy. — 45 km
Ride an amazing alpine ridge trail with rediculous views of the Aosta Valley and mountains in all directions. After a delicious lunch it’s up and down all afternoon with a final descent to one of Italy’s most famous ski resorts, Courmayeur.
Day 6: Ride Courmayeur to Les Contamines, France — 55 km
After a few espressos, we begin the circumnavigation of Mont Blanc as we climb to the border of France on the Col de la Seigne, 2516 meters. We eventually traverse the Mont Blanc massif’s southern flanks with jaw-dropping views of the Chamonix Valley.
Day 7: Ride Les Contamines to Chamonix, France. — 24 km
Our final day of riding, we’ll drop into the Les Houches bike park for some berms and then roll onto spectacular Chamonix. Afternoon to rest and explore town, optional Aiguille du Midi lift to 3842 m before last night celebrations.
Day 8: Transfer to Geneva Airport.
Transfer to Geneva Airport for flights home. Au revoir!
What our Guests Say:
"I’m afraid that the bar has now been raised to a new level. What. A. Trip. We can’t wait for our next e-bike adventure!"