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Chamonix to Zermatt:
the legendary Haute Route adapted to Mountain Bikes...

8 days - level 4/5 - PRICE: 1850 €
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The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is certainly one of the most famous routes in the Alps. Initially made by alpinists, this itinerary is adapted for Mountain Bikes. Starting under the shadow of the Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France and finishing gazing up at the Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland. This is a dream tour for those who like to ride on technical alpine trails and discover breathtaking scenery.

The 'Haute Route' from Chamonix to Zermatt, From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn by Mountain Bike!!

This tour is in the heart of the Alps, surrounded by 4000 of the Swiss Alps. During the tour we will ride through several high alpine passes at an altitude of over 2500m, including Pas de Lona, Basset de Lona and Illsee pass. We will ride the well maintained Swiss singletracks and take the time to appreciate the breathtaking alpine summits and glaciers including Weisshorn, Breithorn, Pigna D'Arolla to name just a few... We will pass through charming old Swiss villages with their narrow streets of wooden chalets draped in colourful abundance with Swiss flags and geraniums and meet the local shepards in the alpine pastures taking care of their "Queens", the famous black fighting cows.

This is more than a bike tour, it is a ride into Swiss alpine culture!

The Schedule: arrival Saturday

Warning: This itineray is given for your information and may be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on the weather conditions, physical ability of clients and the trail 'options' we decide together.

DAY of arrival (Saturday): 'Meet and great' by ourselves at the airport and transfer to Chamonix. Deposit baggage at evening accomodation with view of Mont Blanc. Unpacking and preparation of bikes. Last minute shopping requirements and possibilty to visit Chamonix town.

DAY 1 (Sunday):
From Le Tour, top of Chamonix valley, in the mornig ,we'll take the gondola to col de Balme and start with a “Skills Clinic” and pratice on balance, braking, improve position on the bike, how to ride a tigh corner, optimization of the driving post etc... The goal is to prepare you to the alpine riding so you can fully enjoy your experience in the Alps. In the afternoon we will ride the first technical descent down to the village of Trient in Switzerland and work to improve your skills in technical singletracks. We will ride down to Martigny where our assistance van is waiting for us to drive us to Verbier Ski resort for the night.

Ride distance: 40km
Uneven positive: 400m Uneven negative: 1500m
Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 2 (Monday):
Starting from Verbier with an amazing views on the Grand Combin and Mont Blanc range and heading towards Evolene following the itinerary of the 'Grand Raid Cristalp race'. We firstly pass the Croix de Coeur pass and descend on a splendid singletrack. The rest of the day provides several climbs and descents, one by lift with the reward of a long descent on a spruce needle covered spongey singletrack... Whaaa! A long final climb (about 1 hour) takes us to the top of Sex Pey, followed by the technical final descent of the day to the quaint Swiss village of Evolene nestled in a narrow valley.

Ride distance: 65km
Uneven positive: 1900m Uneven negative: 2400m
Physical difficulty: 4/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 3 (Tuesday):
Today comes the big climb of the the highest passe of this trip, “Col de Torrent” 2916m. We will warm up the legs by riding along the river to the village of “les Hauderes” then ride on road until the next village of “la villaz” . From there it is a long steady climb on a 4x4 trail until a little lake situated at 2500m with an amazing view on the glaciers. The final part of the clim involves some hike a bike sections and some riddeable sections depending your fitness. The reward is a long and varied descent passing nearby the splendid turquoise blue lake of Moiry and finishing by a nice singletrack to the village of Grimentz. Night in Grimentz .

Ride distance: 35km
Uneven positive: 1600m Uneven negative: 1600m
Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 4 (Wednesday):
An early start for another long day on the bike. We will ride via the Illsee pass at 2544m, from where we can see both the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc with a view of what we have acheived and what there is still to ride... After a short descent, a 30 minute pushing section follows with an epic and well deserved varied downhill descent. This descent is a mix of all the best trails you've ever dreamed about... Fast tracks, swooping and technical sections and tight corners, this is the addictive stuff! Breath easy the climbs are finished and a road/jeep track brings us to a point above Eischol, finishing with an easy downhill for the night, phew!!!

Ride distance: 55km
Uneven positive: 1400m Uneven negative: 2000m
Physical difficulty: 4/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 5 (Thursday):
Change of ambiance today. We will ride on the ridge of the Swiss Rhone Valley and enter into the German speaking area of Switzerland: Achtung! After a warm up on a jeeptrack we will hit a singletrack and finish the climb with a 'hike-a-bike' section to the highest point for the day; the 'Moose pass' at 2048m. The view of the neighbouring peaks is stunning as we stand at the junction of the Zermatt and Saas-Fé Valleys. The descent to Saint Niklaus and the Zermatt Valley is excellent. We use singletracks and large trails and pass through alpine villages barely hanging on the mountain side.

Ride distance: 40km
Uneven positive: 1100m Uneven negative: 1100m
Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 6 (Friday):
The final day riding will be engraved on your memory forever. From Saint Niklaus we will head to Zermatt using trails and road. We will then ride the terrific trails of the Zermatt Valley... The group has a choice of lift to make the assent. The Gornergrat train to 3016m or the Sunnegga funicular. From both of these lifts the view of the Matterhorn, the Breithorn and the Monte Rosa is just inspiring. The descent down to Zermatt is fantastic and will definitely make your disc brake burn! Riding this tour, is what dreams are made of...

Ride distance: 40km
Uneven positive: 700m Uneven negative: 1800m
Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 3/5

Total ride distance: 285km !!!

Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day.
Yes I think a well earned cold beer or two is a definite!

DAY 7 (Saturday):Transfer to Geneva airport.

*Please make sure to book a late afternoon or evening return flight, due to the transfer time to Geneva airport from Zermatt.

NB: this tour is run with a minimum of 4 clients. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

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Physical Fitness: 4/5 Technical Skills: 3/5 to 4/5
Distance 280 km
Ascent 8300 m
Descent 11000 m
Duration8 days: arrival on saturday , departure on saturday
7 nights accomodation
6 days riding
Saturday to Saturday
From easy to very technical singletracks (some very technical) 'rocky and rooty' trails.
Several hike a bike sections
Starts in Chamonix France and finishes in Zermatt Switzerland
7 nights accommodation in a mix of hotels
(based on double occupancy twin bedrooms)
ALPSMOUNTAINBIKE cycling jersey 7 nights accommodation all meals from dinner on Saturday of arrival to breakfast Saturday of departure picnic lunches Professional guiding lift passes in Chamonix valley, Verbier, Siviez luggage transfer to evening accommodation (inc. mountain refuge) return transfer to Geneva airport on Saturday of arrival/departure
Not Included
Flights/Travel etc Expenses of repair and maintenance of bikes Cancellation/medical insurances and repatriation costs Lifts passes in Zermatt Bike hire Alcohol and extra drinks All that is not included/understood in the heading 'Included'.