Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Champex Bike

The resort is appropriately nicknamed “Switzerland’s little Canada” with its vast forests, lake and traditional wooden chalets.

  • Difficulty

    easy, S0

    Difficulty: easy
    S0 Even forest or meadow paths, on a natural surface with good grip or on compact gravel. No steps, rocks or passages with many roots. Gentle gradients, wide curves. No special technique required
  • Length

    10.3 km

  • Duration

    1:00 h

  • Show on map

The walk starts in the centre of Champex-Lac village (1,467m) and is followed by a slight climb on the Adray side, where you will have the benefit of a great view of the lake. Head along the river on a path that goes down to Champex d’en Bas. From here, cross the bridge and go back up towards Champex-Lac, before getting back to the lake.

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Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts in Champex, a village nestled around a magnificent Alpine lake. After a few metres, follow the lake and take the opportunity to admire the reflection of the Grand Combin – which peaks at over 4,400 metres. After a slight ascent at Aldray, you will be greeted by an exceptional view over the lake and the village. Follow the river until you get to the two other villages that make up the resort – Champex d'en Haut and Champex d'en Bas, after which the route leads uphill through a magnificent larch forest. Bike back down towards the lake, doing a circuit in the forest on the other side of the resort before heading north of the lake via the banks of a marsh, which is a protected site of national importance due to its scenic value and many rare animal and plant species.

Start: Champex-Lac (1467 m)
Destination: Champex-Lac (1467 m)

Author's recommendation

Visit the botanical garden “Flore-Alpe” and discover the local plants and alpine herbs. 

 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1586 m 1341 m

  • Ascent

    297 m

  • Descent

    297 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the Simplon line to Martigny, and then take the Martigny-Orsières train, changing at Sembrancher. In Orsières, take the bus to Champex-Lac. Find all the information you need for your journey (train and bus) on www.cff.ch.

Approach

Take the A9/E62 motorway to Martigny then follow the signs to Grand St Bernard up to Orsières. For Champex-Lac, drive into Orsières and follow the signs.

Parking

At the entrance of the resort (Artillery Fort car park), on the way out of the resort (cable car parking area). Some parking spaces in the centre of the resort.

Equipment

We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Literature

 The tourist office in Champex-Lac has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher