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E-Biking around the Mont Blanc

5 days from 1195 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France and Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 2537 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 3

In a nutshell

You're a mountain biker and your dream is to ride around the Mont Blanc, on the famous Tour du Mont Blanc trail ?!

Follow us with your e-bike, and you'll live an uncredible adventure, with a great guide and logistics that allow you to just... ride lightweight, take care of yourself and have a good time.

On this clockwise trip you'll cross fabulous scenery in Switzerland, Italy and of course France. Besides mountain biking, the pleasant places where we spend the night and the good meals are a real treat every evening.

Experience full immersion into dramatic alpine landscape sharing a common passion of mountain biking. Guaranteed adrenaline rush !

An unforgettable challenge and simply magic !

 

 

 

Pros

- A legendary tour around the Mont Blanc on an e-bike with moderate effort for boundless riding pleasure

- 3 countries crossed with as many different cultures as different local delicacies to enjoy

- The route follows the most beautiful single trails of the Mont Blanc tour

- Ride light: our logistics take care of your luggage all along the trip

- A trip with hotels 100 % comfort to wake up in great shape

 

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 – Welcoming/briefing/warm up/Les Houches 

Welcome ! Get together for a stressless easy start. You'll be able to get know each other, gear will be presented as well as the entire program: this is just to make sure everyone is well set and prepared for a great adventure.

Once our beloved bikes are carefully prepared, we set off on a cruising speed to get warmed up on the single trails down in the Chamonix valley, at the foot of the impressive Bossom icefalls.

Our first hop tasting will allow us to tune in the program.

Ascent/descent: + 300 m/+ 600 m approx

Distance: 20 kms approx

Meals included: dinner

Accommodation included : hotel

Logistics : minibus with driver for luggage transportation

 

Day 2 - E-biking to Champex lake from Les Houches

Today's the big day ! Everyone is most probably over-excited !

Gradual warm up as we ride up Chamonix valley to the charming village of Le Tour. With our bike park pass, our brake pads will also get a chance to warm up on the slopes and we can polish up our techniques.

Once we've scoffed down our lunch, we access to the highest point of the ski lifts, and leave behind the hundreds of glaciers of the Mont Blanc mountain range and hurtle down the neverending descent to Martigny in Switzerland, merely 1900 m further down...

An idyllic climb among traditional Swiss chalets takes us to the shores of the Champex lake, our base for tonight.

Ascent/descent: + 1650 m / - 3000 m

Distance: approx 50 km

Meals included: breakfast - dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 3 - Champex to Courmayeur

From our perch and its delightful lake, we start with a playful descent which is the gateway to the Val Ferret.

We progressively ride up the far end of this ancient glacier valley alongside the superb scenery to La Peule for a well deserved drink where we'll have a break. Our final assault for the highest point of today's ride takes us on a perfect single trail, don't worry, 95 % is rideable.

The view from the Grand Col Ferret is just mind-blowing ! The following descent is one of the most technical of this trip. Facing the glaciers, adrenaline and thrills guaranteed !

Once we get to the Elena mountain hut, two options: #1 the "Val Ferret balcony" with a last technical descent heading straight for a 4 flavour gelato ; #2 let gravity do the job and just let go, no worries, this option also ends up with a 4 favour gelato in stylish Courmayeur where we spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Ascent/descent: from + 1500 m to + 2000/- 1700 m to - 1950 m approx (depending on chosen option)

Distance: 40 kms approx

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer 

 

Day 4 - Courmayeur to Roseland

After a generous Italian dinner, the previous evening, we're all set to start day 3 of this fantastic trip.

We start off on a small road that propels us in the beautiful Val Veny; a tough climb gives us an excuse for a ristretto break (our minibus can meet us here if required).

The single trail overlooking the valley is just magic !

After lunch, a second serious climb awaits us up to the Siegne mountain pass (2516 m above sea level). On the other side of the pass we have a 5 star descent...

As kilometers fly by, we land on the Cormet de Roseland road, a famous stage on the Tour de France. Gravity will do the job and take us to the superbly suspending Roseland lake; our hotel is just on the other side of this turquoise blue lake...

Ascent/descent: + 2200 m / - 1800 m approx

Distance: 45 km approx 

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 5 - Roseland - Les Houches / End trip

Last day today and a long one too !

From the Grand Lac we climb up among beautiful pastures inhabited by every so happy looking cows, grazing in freedom. From the Col des Frêtes, a short downhill takes us to the start of a long track to the Gitte mountain pass where can enjoy peacefulness whilst we have lunch.

A digestive downhill ride gets us to the pastures following by a very rocky section, called La Grande Pierrière, with short technical sections. This leads us to the well named Col du Joly, where we join the playful blue trail of the Contamines bike park.

A chilly climb on the Northern slope in a thick forest, leads to wide unexpected open spaces face to face with the impressive Miage Domes embellished by its glaciers. A quick coffee stop is a good excuse to contemplate a litte longer the beautiful view.

After a short technical descent we end up on the Miage pastures and leave behind the quietness of the Miage chalets to focus on staying on the trails whilst crossing the La Gruvaz gorges. It's  long and sometimes a little challenging, expect thrills. Then we can take it easy on the track that takes us to our lunch stop.

The climb up to the Voza mountain pass is usually a little strenuous on a normal mountain biking, just seems so easy peasy with our e-bikes.

Last but not least, we hurtle down the blue bike park trail straight down to the center of Les Houches to drink to this great adventure !

Ascent/descent: + 2300 m / - 2600 m

Distance: 50 km approx

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Please note this is an example of an e-biking trip around the Mont Blanc, on the Mont Blanc trails. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions, cable cars and mountain hut accessibilty as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. 

In case practices and customs defined by the local authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions and recommendations. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Rocky Pop Hôtel - les Houches

    See on the map

    Meeting time:
    Leaving time:
  • Chavants lake parking lot - Les Houches

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:45 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please wear your cycling clothes on day 1.

Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. We meet up at the Rocky Pop hotel in Les Houches.

We return to Les Houches on the last day, but cannot guarantee to be back for 5 pm.

 

Access

Train & TGV access: www.oui.sncf

Make sure the train you want to take welcomes mountain bikes.

Car access: www.mappy.fr

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

Car park

Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended).

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level ***

You should be at ease with long and demanding descents. You're able to deal with hairpin bends and tackle back-breaking inclines, master your brakes, hop over small tricky sections (tree roots, rocks, steps). Descents are often long and sustained (but progressive as the week goes on), sometimes steep, often technically demanding, sometimes exposed sections but rarely dangerous. You'll end being an expert rider or maybe even an ace in mountain biking skills !

Stamina level ***

For keen and passionate mountain bikers or sporty people, who enjoy making efforts and regularly do an outdoor activity. You are sporty, are used to go out riding for a full day at least once a week and a maybe a few shorter outings in a week, at least a few weeks before you head off for a trip with us. Our rides will take you on quite long climbs where you may sometimes even have to push or carry your bike. Expect ascents between + 650 m & + 2200 m approx per day.

Good to know: if you don't have the skills and stamina required, the guide may ask you to leave the group for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !

Group size

5 to 7 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain bike instructor & guide.

All our mountain bike guides are certified instructors. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner

 

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough (for more detailed advice see gear section) to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, your picnic and a repair kit. All other personal gear not needed for the day will be transferred to our accomodation.

Beware: on the Mont Blanc tour we cross borders. Please do not keep valuable belongings in your bags or a too large amount of cash that would have to be declared at customs. Check with us in case you have doubts.

 

 

 

 

Shuttle service & assistance / Lifts

Ski lifts are used. 

In order to allow for more flex in case of bad weather or mountain conditions, we may change the program, therefore ski lift passes are not included in the price. Cost of ski lift passes on this trip approx. € 50.

 

 

 

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival

- Logistics and luggage transfers (included adjacent costs)

- Accomodation on half-board basis in hotels from day 1 to the morning of day 5

- Azimut mountain biking guide services for 5 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation and transportation)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include:

- Your transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Lunches so that the group chose together

- Personal insurance

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel) and personal extras

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances with our partner, on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur (beware, such insurance only covers European citizens). 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibuses are used throughout the trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and less binding: we can chat, take a nap and listen to our own music. If luggage transfers are necessary, you have the possibility to use the transfer if you're tired and for any other reason.

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

Half board in cosy hotels in double or triple rooms. Depending on the size of group, you might be sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotel

- Lunches are not included, to give flexibility to the group to chose a sandwish from a bakery or to go in a local restaurant to relax

- Snacks: details are important especially after such demanding physical effort ! To boost your energy we've chosen to provide mulebars, organic, vegan, digest and extremely nourishing quality-wise without preservatives, food colouring or additives.

- For certain trips, it's possible to book a single or double room if available, with surcharge.

 

Before & after the trip

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Free Wifi is available in most places.

Mobile & 4G coverage can be unreliable.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !

 

Skiing material (all in excellent condition)

- Mountain bike, all mountain type, with platform pedals

- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max 

- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory

- Mountain biking gloves

- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended

- Hiking shoes with flat soles

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

E enduro pack  + Repair kit + helmet + 1 spare battery for 5 days 

325 €

 

 

Prices and bike brend may vary according to availabilities.

Important: Bikes are checked after each trip. Every dammage will be at your own expenses.

Clothes 

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. Prefer lightweight warm and comfortable clothing. This is not just a detail, it makes a hell of a difference ! 

Headwear

- Sunglasses and glasses with clear lenses for forest sections and cloudy days (it's important to protect your eyes). Photochromic lenses adapt to light intensity and protection categories range from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4 to optimize visibility from shade to brightness. Very useful.

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved top as well as leggings to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Have this in mind if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Outer layer: a light fleece jacket and/or a light hooded down jacket that you can put under a jacket that has a breathable waterproof membrane (soft shell type or Goretex). Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: mountain biking shorts and leggings in case it gets cold

- Hands: light fleece or sfot shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. 

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed. 

Footwear

- Bike socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers or crocs are recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfy ! www.charentaises.fr

 

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 suncream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases. 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremont's website. 

In partnership with

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And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave our contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your insurance contract number and documents (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” or your European health card (for EU citizens) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices such as camera, video recorder

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

                 We look forward to seeing you very soon !

                            Have great rides with AZIMUT !

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