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Category: MOUNTAIN BIKING
Duration: 4 days
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Price from: 1 085 €

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The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has developed two electric mountain bike stays with adapted logistics and comfort to allow you to enjoy the typical atmosphere of the Mont Blanc Massif and ride in the best conditions.

- Pays du Mont Blanc, 3 days allows you to explore the most beautiful parts of the region
- Tour du Mont Blanc, 4 days takes you round the legendary circuit

Are you a mountain bike or mountain ebike enthusiast on the lookout for new singletrack trails? Fancy exploring new sites developed for enduro riding that take in three different countries? Good news! The guides from the Compagnie du Mont Blanc are offering to share their best spots, and have rustled up some exclusive routes that combine beautiful landscapes, small and intimate singletracks, and typical alpine accommodation.

This is a condensed Tour of Mont Blanc for riders on a quest for new challenges! A program with multiple variant routes, ideal for sharing… Trip uses a minibus for comfort and greater flexibility.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix Alt 1035m - Col de Balme Alt 2191m -  Martigny Alt 471m - Champex Alt 1466m
Meet your guide at 9am in Chamonix. This first day gives us the chance to make the most of the Chamonix valley seen from above, with its legendary glaciers and peaks as a backdrop. Having arrived at the Col de Balme we drop into the Swiss side of the pass for an attractive, fast and winding descent that leads us to Martigny. A cycle up to Champex, through pretty, typical Swiss chalets, awaits us in the afternoon. Night’s half-board in hotel in the village of Champex. Private transfer by minibus from Vernayas to Gorges de Durnant (or higher depending on the group).
Elevation gain : 2600m / Elevation loss 3000m (depending on itineraries) - Distance : from 35km to 45km

Day 2 : Champex Alt. 1466m - Issert  Alt. 1100m - Col Ferret Alt. 2537m - Courmayeur 1242m
We leave the village of Champex via the ‘sentier des Champignons’ (‘mushroom path’) to reach Issert. The day’s challenge will be the ascent of the Grand Col Ferret, which, at an altitude of 2537m, is the highest point on the famous Tour of Mont Blanc. The alpine pass allows us to cross, through a high-altitude environment, from the Swiss Val Ferret to the Italian Val Ferret. As a reward for our efforts, there is a long descent beneath the watchful gaze of the Grandes Jorasses and the south face of Mont Blanc, along what are sometimes quite technical singletrack sections. Ariving in Courmayeur, we'll use the Dolonne cablecar to join plan Chécrouit. We'll spend the night in a lovely typical Italian mountain inn. Private transfer by minibus from Issert to Ferret.
Elevation gain : 2000m / Elevation loss : 2300m (depending on itineraries) - Distance : from 45km to 55km

Day 3 : Courmayeur Alt 1242m - Col de la Seigne Alt. 2516m -  Plan Mya Alt. 1860m
We return to France via the famous Col de la Seigne (2516m). Total immersion in a rocky landscape and grandiose panorama are guaranteed! A day devoted to one of the best singletracks in the area, all the way to the Mottets hut… Explore the Vallée des Glaciers, the Beaufortain trails as well as the area around the Lac de Roseland, along a choice of varied technical and non-technical routes. We spend the night in an authentic mountain pasture hut, complete with local traditions and local products, for simplicity and a return to basics… Night’s half-board in mountain hut. Private transfer by minibus from Courmayeur to Visaille
Elevation gain : 1500m / Elevation loss : 1300m (depending on itineraries) - Distance : +/- 45km

Day 4 : Plan Mya Alt. 1860m - Col de Gittaz Alt. 2377m - Contamines Alt. 1164m - Col de Voza Alt. 1657m - Back in Chamonix 1035m.
The final stage takes us back to Chamonix, through the Beaufortain and the Val Montjoie, via a surprising area known as the ‘Grande Pierriere’. A day devoted to high-mountain pastures, technical singletracks and fast trails, as well as the traverse of mountain passes with uninterrupted views across the Aravis range and Mont Blanc chain… A great and intense day, with, it has to be said, quite a bit of distance to cover and a not insignificant positive height gain to honour! Return to Chamonix late afternoon and end of trip. Private transfer by minibus from Contamines to Champel.
Elevation gain : 2800m / Elevation loss : 3500m (depending on itineraries) - Distance : +/- 50km
 

The guide may have to adapt the suggested program & itineraries depending on weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.

GROUP BOOKING

Dates for 2022: Find all the dates available in the drop-down list below.
 
Price 2022: 1295€ per person - based on a minimum of 4 participants.
 
Included in the price:
- 4 guided days with a qualified ‘Mountain Bike’ guide (French ‘Brevet d’Etat’),
- Private Minivan assistance throughout the trip,
- 3 nights in half-board accommodation including diner & breakfast (2 nights in Dormitory in Mountain hut + 1 night in a 2* hotel based on 2 people per room),
- Picnic lunch & snack,
- Dolonne Cablecar
- Private minibus for the 4 days.
 
Not included in the price:
- FULL SUSPENSION (recommended) mountain Ebike rental & helmet,
- Drinks in refuge & hotel and all personal expenditure (make sure you have Euros & Swiss Francs),
- Personal mountain bike protection (highly recommended),
- Your trip to Chamonix,
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory) & cancellation insurance.

 

PRIVATE BOOKING

A private booking is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.

Prices for 2022:
1 person : 5425€ per person | 5 people : 1475€ par person
2 people : 2950€ par person | 6 people : 1315€ par person
3 people : 2150€ par person | 7 people : 1165€ par person
4 people : 1700€ par person | 8 people : 1085€ par person

Included in the price:
- 4 guided days with a qualified ‘Mountain Bike’ guide (French ‘Brevet d’Etat’),
- Private Minivan assistance throughout the trip,
- 3 nights in half-board accommodation including diner & breakfast (2 nights in Dormitory in Mountain hut + 1 night in a 2* hotel based on 2 people per room),
- Picnic lunch & snack,
- Dolonne Cablecar
- Private minibus for the 4 days.
 
Not included:
- FULL SUSPENSION (recommended) mountain Ebike rental & helmet,
- Drinks in refuge & hotel and all personal expenditure (make sure you have Euros & Swiss Francs),
- Personal mountain bike protection (highly recommended),
- Your trip to Chamonix,
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory) & cancellation insurance.

 

Further information

Find in this section, all the information concerning this activity. For further information, contact our adviser (contact details above).

Meeting with your guide: 9:00 am from the office of the Compagnie des Guides, 190 place de l'Eglise, 744000 Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

Level: This tour is designed for participants with good levels of fitness who regularly go mountain biking (using standard and/or ebikes) with good riding skills on narrow, singletrack-style trails, able to be autonomous on technical sections.

Accommodation: Half-board in hotel on Day 1 and  in mountain hut on Day 2 and 3 (dormitory)

Minibus assistance: In order to offer a high quality service and to avoid the uninteresting sections of the tour (in particular the sections with roads), a minibus assistance is integrated all along the trip, allowing more flexibility and adaptation according to the profile and motivation of the group
 
Guiding policy: group of 4 to 8 people.

Documentation:
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.

Organization: The week before your departure, the instructor in charge of the group will contact you to answer all your technical questions.
 

Equipment

We recommend you take particular care over you choice of equipment, as it plays a large role in the success of your trip. Weight is critical, and you must always evaluate the weight-to-comfort ratio to find the best compromise. Weather conditions can be extremely variable. Generally speaking, it is better to put on several thin layers than to have one bulky item of warm clothing, and it is vital that you remain dry at all times.
 
Back-pack

- 20 / 25 L backpack (for riding) - Provide enough space for the picnic. A word of advice in case of rain: even if you have an over-backpack, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag inside the backpack.

 
Clothing
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light.

For yourself
NB : ID card or valid passport + small change for personal expenses.

  •  1 Emountain bike full suspension with good autonomy
  • 1 travel bag for the refuge/hotel
  • 1 bike helmet Compulsory (+ Knee protection recommanded)
  • 2 bike bottle or camelbak
  • 1 knife + 1 pocket light or head-lamp
  • 1 warm hat/head band and a pair of warm gloves
  • 1 sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses
  • Changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks): prefer synthetic/wool to cotton
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 polar fleece
  • 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
  • 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
  • 1 bike shorts + long-legs
  • Bike shoes + outdoor shoes
  • 2 pairs of bike gloves (long and short ones) Compulsory
  • 1 swimsuit
  • Comfortable clothes for the refuge / hotel
  • 1 one person sleep sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)
  • Ultralight shower kit (feel free to customize …) + synthetic « dry fast » towel
  • Personal first aid kit**

For the bike

  • Battery charger adapted + special key for the battery (locking / unlocking process)
  • 1 bike lock
  • 2 inner tubes
  • Box of patches + glue
  • 1 bike pump
  • 1 Lubricant can
  • Personal Specific tools depending on your EBIKE

Recommended :

  • 1 extra “brake pad”
  • Derailleur cables (front and back ones)
  • 1 spare derailleur clip (unless your derailleur is directly fixed on the frame)

Your guide also carries a complete first aid kit, an emergency radio, a repairing kit, and navigating equipment. Remember that packing light is essential.
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…) Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment.

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sport Spirit 74, Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & CoConcept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Lapierre, Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet
 

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