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Mountain Bike around legendary Mont Blanc - logistics included

6 days from 1255 € 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've caught the mountain biking bug and have always dreamt of riding your bike around the emblematic Mont Blanc and its magnificent glaciers ? Sitting on the borderlines between France, Italy and Switzerland, the Mont Blanc features all the best riding the mountains could possibly offer: extraordinary scenery and upper class single trails. From high altitudes to spruce forests via alpine lakes and flowery mountain pastures, every single leg is a feast for the eyes.

Even though we're really here to ride, and not to just admire the scenery, we also take it easy ! From high alpine mountain passes, a sheer variety of trails, glaciers hanging from nearly every mountain, to trails overlooking entire valleys....and last but not least...you may also have to carry your bike once in a while, that's part of it ! A super-awesome experience.

And what more could you wish than ending each day in a comfortable mountain hut, with a shuttle and trailor service for your luggage, so you can just make the most of the best trails ?

Come on, you're gonna have the time of our life !

 

Pros

- Ride in three countries with as many different cultures as local delicacies and traditions

- Ride on the most beautiful single trails around the Mont Blanc

- Ride light, we take care of the rest (luggage transfer & shuttle service)

- Sleep tight: comfortable accomodation, great atmosphere in a spectacular environment

- Ride in a small group of max 7 people to benefit of individual coaching

 

 

 

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.

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Day to day

Day 1 - Welcoming/brief, MTB MBT start - on the way to Switzerland from Les Houches to Martigny

We meet up at the station either in Briançon, Oulx or Les Houches. You're sure to be overexcited !

We have an easy going start and take time to get to know each other, check gear, go over the coming program to make sure you realize what you're in for :) don't worry, you won't be disappointed !

Once we're ready to embark, we gently warm up with a progressive climb up the mythical Chamonix valley to the charming Le Tour village. Geared with our bike pass, we'll get our brake pads heated up on the slopes to practice our braking skills.

Lunch scoffed down, we head up to the top of the ski lifts, ready to hurtle down into Switzerland crossing the jurassic and dizzy section through the black gorges of Trient sur Martigny, 1900 m further downhill... Our shuttle is most probably already waiting for us to load our bikes and drop us off at tonight's base, from where we have a pleasant view.

Ascent/descent: + 800 m / - 3000 m approx

Distance: 40 km approx

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 2 - Through Switzerland from Martigny to La Fouly 

We have a relatively easy start on day 2 and leave little Switzerland heading uphill, propelled through the vineyards to Sembrancher.

A series of long climbs take us to the pleasant Champex lakeside where we have lunch.

We digest over a long and playfull descent, getting in line with the Val Ferret from where we progressively ride up an impressive glacier valley all the way to La Fouly, where a nice cold Cardinal is waiting for us facing the Dolent glaciers.

Ascent/descent: + 1700 m / - 1100 m approx

Distance: 42 km approx

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: Swiss inn

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 3 - From Switzerland to Italy: La Fouly to Courmayeur

Highest point in altitude of our trip today at the Grand Ferret Col.

We tackle today's "warm up" via a charming little road that turns into a track ending in La Peule, where we have a break.

The second part of the uphill ride unwinds on a superb single trail that is roughly 95 % rideable... Not bad for an altitude of 2537 m above sea level !

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

Once we get to the Elena hut, two options: #1 the "Val Ferret balcony" with an ultimate technical descent heading straight down 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 flavour gelato in stylish Courmayeur where we spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Ascent/descent: + 1100 m to + 1700 m / - 1300 m to - 1500 m approx

Distance: 25 km to 32 km approx

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 4 - The Courmayeur to Roseland leg

After a heavy Italian dinner the previous evening, we're all set to take off.

We start the day on a small road that propels us into the beautiful Val Veny; a severe climb gives us a good excuse for a ristretto break (minibus drop off here possible).

The following balcony trail is simply magic !

After lunch, we tackle the second biggest ascent to the Col de la Seigne (2516 m). On the other side, a 5 star descent awaits us.

Kilometers fly by, and soon we land on the Cormet de Roseland road, one of the famous legs of the tour de France. Gravity takes us to the fantastic lake overhanging the valley, right to the doorstep of our hotel on the banks of the turquoise blue lake...

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

Distance: 45 km approx

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 5 - The Roselend Lake to Les Contamines stretch

We leave the lake for a ride up through the pasturelands where ever so happy cows graze in freedom.  From the Col des Frêtes, an easy downhill ride takes us the start of a long track that winds up to the Col de la Gitte. Time's up, let's enjoy a peaceful and well deserved lunch !

Our ride takes us from the pasturelands to a rocky area, called La Grande Pierrière, with short technical stretches, followed by a short climb to the Col du Joly.

Two options:

#1 - we cross over up North in order to reach the Tierce descent via a nature-shaped single trail

#2 - we ride over to the pleasant man-shaped blue trail in the Contamines Montjoie bike park

Time for a drink and rest in our hotel !

Ascent/descent: + 1200 m / - 1600 m approx

Distance: 30 km approx

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Day 6 - Contamines - Les Houches: grand finale ! 

Last day of this adventure, and defeinitely not to be underestimated. Distances are short but we'll have to deal with constantly changing terrain.

A challenging early morning uphill takes us back to the North facing slope, in dense woodlands, until it unexpectantly opens up to the impressive Dômes de Miage, beautifully dressed up in white [the glaciers]. A cup of coffee is a good excuse to admire this picture-postcard scenery a little longer.

After a short technical descent we land on the Miage pasturelands with its peaceful chalets. Let's stay focused on our riding, we're about to cross the Gorges de la Gruvaz, it's a long and sometimes exposed ride, and will get the adrenaline flowing. Back on the slope, we can take it easy again until we reach our lunchbreak spot.

You may be about to regret not having an e-bike when heading up the Col de Voza... ;-)

More options here, either #fastflowingbluebikeparkslope or #madebynatureCharoussetrail. And finally, we plunge straight down to Les Houches, cheers to life and to this awesome adventure !

Ascent/descent: + 1100 m / - 1000 m approx

Distance: 30 km approx

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

Logistics: minibus with driver for baggage transfer

 

Please note this is an example of a mountain 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

  • Chamonix - Mont Blanc - Les Houches

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:30
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 5 am
    Leaving time: end of the day
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 5:45
    Leaving time: end of the day

Get together - practical information

Please wear your cycling clothes on day 1.

We strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. The meeting point is at any of the following train stations: Briançon, Oulx or Les Houches. 

On the last day we aim to get back to Les Houches by 5 pm but cannot guarantee this.

Access

Train & TGV access: www.oui.sncf

Make sure the train you plan to catch 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, Oulx or Chamonix (all 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 + 800 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 leave 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. 

We have a shuttle at our disposal for the entire trip.

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

Pricing

The price includes:

- Trip arrangements & logistics upon arrival

- Half board accomodation for 5 nights in gîtes and hotels from day 1 to the morning of day 6

- Minibus transfers from/to one of the indicated meeting points to the departure of the trip

- Picnics for 6 days

- Azimut all mountain biking guide services for 6 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation and transportation)

- Logistic services for 6 days luggage transportation (including all costs involved)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include:

- Your transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required (bike and protection pads)

- Personal insurance

- Any 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 Europ Assistance insurances 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 gîtes and hotels, 5 nights in shared rooms (twin room or dorms). 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 gîte or hotel, and picnics are provided for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality, often local products such as ham, saussage, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or dried fruit. 

- 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.

 

Before & after bike trips

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 !

 

Technical gear

- Mountain bike: all mountain type or enduro bike, with platform pedals or your own clip-in pedals (that we can also mount on a rental bike)

- Backpack with a 20-25 liter capacity max 

- Helmet & sunglasses are mandatory

- Mountain biking gloves (an extra pair of warm gloves can be useful)

- Knee and elbow protectors are highly recommended

- Low hiking shoes with flat soles, or your shoes for your clip-in pedals

- Repair kit including a set of brake pads (that match your brakes), a spare derailleur hanger, a quick link for your own chain, a pump, self adhesive patches, inner tubes with the right dimensions and anything else that may be specific to your bike

- Recommended: an extra t-shirt

- A buff or thin beanie that you can put on under your helmet

- A spare pair of warm gloves, just in case...

 

If you don't have the adequate gear for this 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 gear during the entire trip (competitive prices as we only charge you for the number of days of use on the trip): 

 

You are liable for any damage to the bike.

All Mountain bike pack suitable for this trip, helmet & repair kit - 6 days
€ 300

 

Important: all our bikes are thoroughly checked before each trip. You are liable for any damage to the bike.

Prices and bike brands may vary according to availabilities and trip levels.

 

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.

- A buff and/or thin beanie that you can put under your helmet if it's cold.

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), easy to slip on during a break. 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 soft 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 in pools or hot water springs baths. 

- Good to have: an extra t-shirt in your bike backpack, appreciated after a big sweat on an uphill ride).

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. Remember this 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 gîte, avoid suitcases. 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up your a first aid kit, check out the Ifremmont website. 

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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, tracking devices

- 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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