Mountain Bike Safari:
Enduro trip covering the best of
the Alps 'mountain biking addiction'

The Mountain Bike Safari is a complete week of 'alpine adventure' on two wheels.

The perfect mix of epic mountain biking trails, breathtaking scenery and authentic alpine exploration.

After the days riding you will return to a pretty alpine chalet " Les Airelles" in the mountain village of Les Carroz in the Grand Massif and taste the delights of savoyard cuisine, relax on a sunny balcony with a beer surrounded by mountains and countryside with the relaxing sound of a mountain stream to lull you to sleep, adding to the idyllic village location.

You will experience endless rides from high altitude cols to the valley floor... And ride the wonders to be had in Morzine, Les Gets, Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, the Chamonix valley, Megeve and La Clusaz !

INCLUDED

the guiding by a certified (MCF) French professional mountain bike guide, who is also fluent in English expenses of organization 7 dinners / 7 continental breakfasts 6 homemade freshly prepared gourmet lunches during the riding days 7 night accomodations in twin to quad rooms unlimited access to trail snacks the transport of your luggage from place to place mechanical assistance every evening free access to a complete tool box to maintain your bike safe place to store your bike at night All the lift passes in all the resort we'll visit the “Alpsmountainbike“ jersey

NOT INCLUDED

the fight ticket, airfare the pick up and drop off at Geneva airport on Saturday arrival and departure day, personal pendings (beverages, energetic drinks and food etc...) bicycle renting, the expenses related to the repair and maintenance of the bicycle, the cancellation/help insurances and repatriation costs and in a broader sense what is not included/understood in the heading "the price includes/understands" Alcohol and extra drinks All that is not included/understood in the heading 'Included'.

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.

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : arrival at Geneva airport, transfer to Chamonix, meet up in Chamonix , then transfer to La Thuile.Night in La Thuile, Italy.
Please make sure you arrive no later than 2:00 pm at Geneva airport.

DAY 2 (Sunday) : Starting from Les Carroz, in the heart of the Grand Massif, day one will offer you a fantastic ride between the valleys of the Giffre and Arve rivers, between green mountain pastures and grey rock slabs. We will reach the top of Flaine ski resort at 2500m, with the use of a gondala lift. From the top of Flaine the views are spectacular of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains, where on a clear day it is possible to see 200km south over the Alps. The downhill descent of 1500m and 12km ride back to the chalet is just the perfect way to end the first day... Followed by a beer of course!

Ride distance: 40km Uneven positive: 300m Uneven negative: 2000m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5


DAY 3 (Monday) : And we find ourselves in the Portes du Soleil village of Les Gets, world reknown resort having hosted the world mountain bike championships on several occasions. Les Gets is known for its bikeparks and downhill slopes, but we are going to explore its abundance of cruisy mountain trails, large two paths and easy singletracks.

Ride distance: 45km Uneven positive: 300m Uneven negative: 1500m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : Departing from Morzine considered as the 'Mountain Bike Mecca' of Europe we will make a grand tour of the Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area in the world, with over 650km of slopes! We will cross the Swiss border to ride in the villages of Morgins, Champoussin and Crosets. We will pass underneath the 'Dents du Midi' mountain range surrounded by a fantastic environment of glaciers and high mountain peaks. A great day of mountain biking awaits you...

Ride distance: 52km Uneven positive: 200m Uneven negative: 2100m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5

DAY 5 (Wednesday) : Departing from the exclusive French ski resort village of Megeve we will ride the area known as the 'Green Diamond', nestled between the spectacular scenery of the Mont Blanc and Aravis mountain ranges. Little known and uncrowed, this spot is a real jewel !

Imagine 90km of trails and 2800m of uneven negative just waiting for you to ride it..

Ride distance: 50km Uneven positive: 500m Uneven negative: 2000m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 4/5

DAY 6 (Thursday) : Riding in the legendary area of Chamonix under the 'Lord of the Alps', the Mont Blanc, is a dream destination for many mountain bikers. We will realize this dream by crossing the valley with the aid of the lift at Le Tour via Flegere, providing our descent into the valley of Vallorcine on a beautiful singletrack which slaloms under the larch trees.

With this exceptional landscape and the varying trails, it will satisfy the hungriest of mountain bike riders! Some time after the days ride can be spent visiting Chamonix to absorb the historic alpine mountain ambiance and gaze up at the Mont Blanc as you meander through the streets or sit and drink a well deserved beer, you can't help but be in awe.

Ride distance: 42km Uneven positive: 300m Uneven negative: 1100m Physical difficulty: 2/5 Technical skills: 3/5

Enduro trip in switzerland
enduro mtb
Aletsch glacier Wallis
gps tracks finale ligure fake !

DAY 7 (Friday) : La Clusaz... presents us with all her splendour !

70% of technical trails, crazy downhills, seductive singletracks crossing herds of cows with their jingling bells, and slaloming trails through the woods.

Starting from La Clusaz village, we warm up gently with an easy climb to Lac des Confins, we will ride 800m above the valleys of La Clusaz and the Grand Bornand on the top of Danay a small flat summit splitting the valleys. The first epic technical singletrack descent will improve your skills and test your nerves... to tackle the rest of the day! The crossing of the plateau of Beauregard is 'the cherry on top of the icing on the cake !'

The last days ride will be finished with the unforgetable downhill of La Patton. Hang onto your helmet and check your brakes, what is coming is steep... Steps, tight turns, rocks, roots... in fact, pretty much everything is on the menu for this final descent !! (escape route possible!!!)

Ride distance: 42km Uneven positive: 550m Uneven negative: 1200m Physical difficulty: 3/5 Technical skills: 4/5

Return to Les Carroz, dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day. Yes I think a well earned cold beer or two (or more...) is a definite !

Day 8 : departure day (Saturday) : Transfer to Geneva airport.



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.

Departure
possible
Every Saturday from June 30th to September 14th
Level
MORE INFOS


Physical
difficulty
  • You are a mtb fan and ride 3-4 times a week at least for 2 hours non stop or more.
  • You can ride at intense pace for short periods (15 minutes)
  • You are able to cope with longer anaerobic efforts( 3-5 minutes).
  • You are comfortable with cycling more than 5 hours at steady pace per day.
  • you are able to climb 1 hour non stop.
  • you do not mind riding in rain if it occurs.
  • you are able to climb more than 1000 meters (3000 feet).
  • vertical ascent a day over 5 days including hike-a-bike sections ( more than 10 minutes).


    Technical
    difficulty
  • You are experienced and have ridden in a lot different situations ( dust, gravels, rocks, roots, mud, slippery terrain) and different types of singletracks.
  • You can go down a drop above 30 centimeters (about 1 foot).
  • You rarely walk uphill or downhill.
  • You are not afraid of steep singletracks uphill and downhill
  • You like the technical challenge and you would like to improve your skills.
  • You can cope with tight corners while downhill with rock and roots.
  • You can ride along a technical descent for at least 30 minutes.
  • You are confident in riding with little exposure.
  • YOUR BIKE
  • The best option is to ride on your own mountain bike, as it is familiar to you.
  • PLEASE NO XC bikes or short travel bikes (below 130mm)
  • A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front and back travel is required.
  • You need to have big grippy tires front and back, minimum 2.3 solid casing.
  • Possibility of renting a full suspension bike from 365 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).
  • Distance : 280 km - Ascent : 2500 m - Descent : 10000 m
    Duration8 days: arrival on saturday, departure on saturday
    Terrain
    All kinds of trails !
    Cruisy 2 path trails
    From easy to technical singletracks (some very technical) 'rocky and rooty' trails.
    Location
    Morzine, Les Gets, Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif, Chamonix and La Clusaz
    Accomodations and food
    7 nights accommodation in Chalet hotel " Les Airelles " in "les Carroz" alpine resort. Each accomodations has a secure bike storage, bike-washing facilities, a bar with fresh beers ( there are important things in life! Dinners are 3-courses and each hotels can cater for specific dietary requirements ( veggy, vegan, gluten intolerant etc...), please let us in advance if you have specific diet.
    Lunch
    Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some " deeluxe" lunch for fill your biker's hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!
    Pick up / Drop Off / Meeting point
    The closest international airport is GENEVA / Switzerland, about one hour transfer from LES CARROZ. The pick up and drop off from / to Geneva airport are included in the price of the trip. Please let us in advance your flight details. You will meet your guide and driver in Les Carroz at dinner time. Please do not assemble your bike before you have arrived in at the hotel you'll stay in on saturday evening. Dependding wich trip you ride , you can leave your bike box safely at the hotel and find it back on friday.