CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT, THE HAUTE ROUTE BY E-MOUNTAIN BIKE
You have the technical level but you do not have to train for this alpine adventure??
We propose to ride this mythic route on E-Bike to easy the climbs and have more fun on the descents!!
We will ride a itinerary specially adapted to E-MountainBike, limiting the pushing sessions to optimize the “ uphill flow”!!
The climbs will be on 4x4 path or nice singletracks and the descents on alpine singletracks for maximizing the fun! LESS EFFORT, MORE FUN!
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.
DAY 1( saturday):
Arrival geneva airport and tranfert to your hotel in Chamonix town center
DAY 2( 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.
Outdistance: 40 km Ascent: 400 m Descent: 1500m
DAY 3 (monday): Starting by using a ski lift is always a good start !
We first pass the Croix de Coeur pass than descent on a splendid singletrack. The rest of the day is shared with several climbs and descents, one of them will be done with skilift and the reward is a long DHt on a spruce needles covered smooth singletrack... huummmmm! After a short transfer to avoid a long road climb, we'll climb for 30mn on easy dirt road to acces the last techy descent to the quaint swiss village of Evolene nested in a narrow valley.
Night in Evolene
Outdistance: 65 km Ascent: 1400m Descent: 2400m
DAY 4 (tuesday):
Today comes the big climb of the two highest passes of this trip, "Pas de Lona" 2787m and "Basset de Lona" 2792m. We first climb the "pas de Lona" by a jeepable track than it's an hike/bike section to the top. The ride between "Pas de Lona" and " Basset de Lona" is swoopy and the climb of "Basset de Lona" is riddable to the top. The reward is a long and varied descent passing nearby the splendid lake of Moiry and finishing by a nice singletrack to the village of Grimentz. Night in Grimentz
Outdistance: 35 km Ascent: 1600 m Descent:1600m
DAY 5 (wednesday): Early start for another long day on the bike.
We'll pas the Illsee pass 2544m from where we can see the Matterhorn and the Mont Blanc in the time and estimate the distance we did and what there is still to ride ....After a short descent , a pushing section awaits us for about 30mn than an epic and varied Dh is there to forget all these efforts. This descent is a mix of all the best trails you've ever dreamed about, fast tracks, swoopy, technical parts , thigh corners , it's just Toooooo gooooood!!! But the climbs are finished and a road/jeep track will bring us to above Unterbach, our stop for the night and we'll finish by a easy DH
Outdistance: 45 km Ascent: 1000 m Descent: 2000 m
DAY 6 (tuesday): Change of ambiance today.
We'll ride on the ridge of the swiss Rhone valley and enter in the german speaking area of switzerland: Achtung!!!! After a warm up on a jeeptrack we'll hit a singletrack and finish the climb to the highest point for today: the moose pass 2048m. The view on the neighbooring peaks is stunning as we are standing at the junction of Zermatt and Saas-Fé valleys. The descent towards Saint Niklaus and Zermatt valley is splendid. We'll use singletracks and large trails and pass through alpine villages barely hanged on the mountain side. Night in St Niklaus .
Outdistance: 35 km Ascent: 1100 m Descent: 1100 m
DAY 7 (friday): This last day will surely be engraved in your memory for long time!!!
From Saint Niklaus we'll go to Zermatt using trails and road and ride the terrific trails of Zermatt valley ..... You'll have the choice to choose the lift you want to take, the train to Gornergrat train 3016m or the Sunnegga funicular. From both of these lift the view on the Matterhorn, the Breithorn, the Monte Rosa is just breathaking!! The descent down to Zermatt valley is fantastic and will make your disc brake burn for sure!! For sure, riding here , in switzerland is truly an experience you won't forget before long...
Outdistance: 40 km Ascent: 500 m Descent: 1800 m
DAY 8 (saturday): transfert to Geneva airport.
More than a bike trip, it's dive in the swiss alpine culture!
This Chamonix to Zermatt trip is dedicated to bikers in very good shape, thirsty of epic rides and not afraid of long climbs or to carry their bike. Downhills can be technical in places, but the sceneries are breathtaking and you'll soon forget your pain!!
You ride 2-3 times a week for 1h30 non stop minimum (road or mtb).
You can ride at aerobic pace with short anaerobic sections without excessive fatigue.
You are able to cycle 4-5 hours per day ,
you are able to climb 800 meters vertical ascent ( 2400 feet) a day for 3-5 days and can push or carry your bike uphill or downhill on short sections( few meters).
You like to challenge yourself
You can manage your balance uphill and downhill on loose gravels, rocks and roots.
You feel confident in riding singletrack with few roots and rocks, on dry or wet terrain.
You can ride short rock garden of 30 meters
you feel confident riding downhill for about 20 minutes non stop
You able able to go up and down a step of about 20 centimeters.
You can handle switchbacks
You can ride with a little exposure at times and would like to improve your skills.
English : The guiding by a graduated French bilingual mountain bike guide, all the meals during the 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, the transport of your personal effects, the road transfers and lift passes in Chamonix valley and Verbier, the pick up and dropp off at Geneva airport.
English : The expenditure in personal matter, drinks, the bicycle hiring, the expenses of repair and maintenance of the bicycle, the cancellation/help insurances and repatriation, the extra charge for single room (490€/pers).
Rooms are shared from two to height persons. They are of good comfort, and make it real possible to rest after a good day of mountain biking! Possibility of room simple: 490 euros in supplement
Possibility of washing and repairing the bicycles at the hotels.
They are taken at the hotel (breakfast and dinner) At lunch time, a true cold meal, generally composed of varied salads, pork-butchery, products regional, etc.
By car: A41 motorway directly to Chamonix
By train: train station in Chamonix
By plane: Geneva airport is the closest international airport,Geneva transfert to Chamonix included
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