Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Vens Bike

Starting in Vollèges, this panoramic circular trail climbs to the village of Levron and up to the Col du Lein before looping back down to Vollèges via Vens.

  • Difficulty

    medium, S0

    Difficulty: medium
    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

    26.1 km

  • Duration

    3:25 h

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This magnificent mountain bike ride takes you up to the panoramic ridge high above Vollèges and its three cols: Col du Lein, Col du Tronc and Col des Planches. The route goes through alpine pastures and larch forests, revealing glorious views of different valleys. Along the way you can taste local produce at small farm restaurants, visit disused mines, see traditional wooden barns and chalets plus, if you’re lucky, spot marmots.

Turn-by-turn directions

From Vollèges, follow the forest trail signposted “Couvert du Laget”; a steady climb leads you to Levron. Along the way, you spot isolated traditional farmsteads and enjoy a magnificent view of Vollèges way below, framed by mountains. After a few wider, shallower zig-zags, you continue climbing until you reach the Col du Lein. You then follow the track along the ridge to Le Tronc and then the Col des Planches. Here you begin your descent, passing close to the alpine farmstead of Les Plans and then through Vens to reach Etiez. Finally, a steep climb brings you to the end of the ride in Vollèges, where you began.

Start: Vollèges (843 m)
Destination: Vollèges (843 m)

Author's recommendation

Take time to enjoy the idyllic landscapes around the Col du Lein, the Col du Tronc and the Col des Planches.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1659 m 712 m

  • Ascent

    972 m

  • Descent

    972 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

SBB train (Swiss Federal Railways) to Martigny, and then local TMR train to Etiez via Sembrancher.

Approach

A9 motorway to Martigny (exit 22), then follow directions for the Great St Bernard Pass (route E27). At Sembrancher turn left, following signs for “Verbier, Fionnay, Bruson”. Take the second turning on the left towards Etiez-Le Levron. Continue along Route du Dzardy, then Route d’Etiez, and then Chemin de la Plâtraye. 

Parking

We recommend using public transport, as car parks in Vollèges offer parking of limited duration.

Equipment

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

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and 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 XY has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1325 Sembrancher