The Mont Blanc Tour is a classic in Europe: In five days we travel over 200km, crossing three borders (Italy, Switzerland and France) all in sight of some of the most breathtaking views the Alps have to offer.
We start in Courmayeur and pedal up through the Veny Valley up to the Seigne hill and down a trail to Les Mottets where we can rest for a few minutes in front of an epic panorama. We continue dropping in altitude to get to Les Chapieux and have lunch. In the afternoon we will go all the way to Le Cormet de Roselend with a section on the dam.
Total Distance: 46km
Climb: 1900m height
Descent: 1500m drop
Our morning starts off climbing from lake Roselend, to conqueur our first pass of the day. The ride down from there brings us to the Gittaz lake. Back up we go to an unnamed peak that contains one of the few non rideable sections, which will force us to get off the bike, push or carry. No worries! We will have instant satisfaction with our next descent to the Joly hill and stop for a lunch break in a typical french-style shelter with the local food. The afternoon starts by riding down a beautiful singletrack. The trail ends with a visit to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Shortly after, we will arrive at Contamines and with the Mont Blanc appearing we’ll stop for the night.
Total Distance: 33km
Climb: 1200m height
Descent: 1600m drop
We go big on breakfast today, because we need to fuel up for the toughest stage of the week! The long climb to the Vodza peak has a gradient progression that starts off mellow and finishes steep. But the view to Chamonix will definitely help endure the pain! The descent along the Les Houches ski slopes will bring us to the bottom of this valley and on a smooth way to the town center of Chamonix. We will feed at Moo’s before riding on in the afternoon up to Argentiere through some enchanting forest trails on to “Le Tour” and take a lift with the chair to the Balmes peak. The panorama up there will give us the chance to string our morning route back together. The 900m drop downhill will take us to “Trient”. The shuttle will then take us to the Forclaz peak where we’ll spend the night.
Total Distance: 52km
Climb: 2150m height
Descent: 2050m drop
Off to a uphill start on and off the bike to the “bovine” peak, then take a balcony trail to the “Champex” lake and stop for lunch. From there it is a cruise down to “Praz de Fort” to then ride back up a fire road to reach “La Fouly” in the middle of rural Swiss villages.
Total Distance: 40km
Climb: 1850m height
Descent: 1550m drop
Last day soldiers! Off to pass the characteristic “Ferret” village to climb up to the “Gran Ferret” peak on the border back to Italy, from there an intense and techy trail down to the “Elena” shelter. Our last bit takes us to the “Ferret” valley balcony that includes a visit at the famous “Bonatti” shelter for lunch! After the break we go on with an up and down piece to the “Bertone” shelter. Finally Courmayeur appears in front of us in the distance, and we will know that we did it!
Total Distance: 35km
Climb: 1550m height
Descent: 1850m drop
- Four nights in Hotels in standard rooms with Breakfast included
- Four dinner
- Van Shuttles for all the transfers with a designated driver
- Professional MTB Guide for the entire tour
- Lift Ticket for day three
What’s Not Included, but available on request:
- Bike Rentals, all the necessary Technical Gear
- 30L Backpack
- Knee Pads
Saturday 20th to Wednesday 24th of August*
*This camp could be reserved during the whole season upon request.
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There are some places that offer visitors truly special experiences — such as the chance to bath, in the depths of winter, in the warm spa waters in the sight of Mont Blanc — and focus on providing guests with the chance to do nothing but relax. These places are the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and the Saint-Vincent Spa but also the «Valle d’Aosta Wellness» Hotels which offer their guests regenerating stays of Alpine well-being and the chance to taste great and genuine food.
In Aosta Valley, during most seasons there are some days that are ideal for a pleasant walk. In spring, with the reawakening of nature, in splendid contrast with portions of landscape that are still covered by snow; in summer, the best period for excursions at a high altitude, thanks to the long days with generally good and stable weather; in autumn, for an unusual variety of surrounding colors.
Some itineraries are pleasant and easy walks, others are longer and more tiring. Whether you go on a walk lasting just a couple of hours or a whole day, the reward is being able to calmly reach extraordinarily beautiful untouched places while appreciating the different colors of the route, where tiredness disappears when faced with the charm of the scenery.
In the Middle Ages, the Aosta Valley was a compulsory passage towards Alpine passes. Thus, toll collections were an important source of power and income. Since the Aosta Valley was not directly controlled by any authority, it was easy to take the land and appoint yourself as its lord; therefore, local nobles moved away from the towns, in search of land where they could extend their domains. Castles, towers and fortified houses arose on inaccessible elevations to dominate vast stretches of land from above.
In the first century before Christ, after defeating the native population, the Romans began to urbanize the conquered territory: they organized the land, charted the road networks, connecting the Little and Great Saint Bernard Alpine passes with the consular road to Gaul and founded the town of Augusta Praetoria (Aosta). This is how the five centuries of Roman rule began in the Aosta Valley.
Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cableways, enable you to set out on a magical journey that is mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky.
As walking for long distances is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to stay at high altitudes.
Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking
From April to September, the foamy, mountain streams become a hive of spectacular sporting activities: canoeing, kayaking and rafting offer water enthusiasts emotional experiences, among fast flowing water and natural slides.
Turin connects directly with the A5 motorway and is only 98 km from Aosta (Aosta Est exit) and 136 from Courmayeur.
Coming from Milan (164 Km), you take the A4 motorway and then at the Santhià motorway junction, you take the section towards Aosta. The journey takes no time at all for those coming from Genoa (226 km).
You can also approach the Valle from the French and Swiss sides through the Monte Bianco and Gran San Bernardo Tunnels, taking the main SS 26 and 27 roads, respectively or during the summer (between June and October) through the Piccolo and Gran San Bernardo passes.
Arriving by plane
Turin Airport is 115 km from Aosta. If you decide to hire a car, reaching Aosta will not be a problem: all you have to do is follow the signs to the Turin motorway ring-roads (tangenziali), take the Regina Margherita exit and go onto the A5 motorway to Aosta. The journey should take you just over an hour.
If you hire a car, there are various routes you can take: the best is to go to Novara and take the A4 motorway from the Novara Est junction going towards Turin. When you reach Santhià follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
There are no train services from the airport. There is a bus service connecting the airport with Milan Central Station. From Milan there is a direct coach service to Aosta, which departs from Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station, or you can go to Milan Central Station and go by train (changing at Chivasso Station).
Orio al Serio (Bergamo)
By car, you take the A4 motorway from Bergamo (a few km from the airport) going towards Torino/Monte Bianco. When you reach Santhià, follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
There are no direct public transport services between Geneva Airport and Valle d’Aosta. We mention the Geneva option, however, because it is comparatively close to Aosta (140 km) and because a number of international flights depart from there, including some low-cost flights.
Geneva Airport, therefore, can be a good starting point for a flight plus car hire holiday in order to discover Valle d’Aosta.
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