Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Col de Champex – Legendary Mountain Passes

The Col de Champex links the two villages of Bovernier and Orsières, which lies at the junction of the Val Ferret and the Val d’Entremont. At the summit, the lake of Champex is not to be missed with its soothing and enchanting atmosphere.

From Les Valettes the route starts with a climb in the magnificent Durnard Gorge between the foothills of the Pointe Ronde and the Catogne. Its steady climbing with countless switchbacks that take you bit by bit towards Champex d’en Bas. As you climb, the panorama widens and you can see the valley leading to the Col de la Forclaz and the Aiguilles d’Argentière on a clear day. At the summit, the village of Champex-Lac will invite you for a well-deserved break.

Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving Martigny centre, don’t worry too much about taking the large main road as you will quickly turn off towards Champex. You then head up along the torrent of Durnand through a spectacular gorge that has been carved by the flow of water over the years. Once you leave Champex d’en Bas behind, the last part of the climb reveals a stunning view over surrounding peaks, making the last few kilometres less painful. At the summit, you will discover after a few metres of descent the lake of Champex. This body of water surrounded by lush vegetation is a wonderful discovery that invites you to take a well-deserved moment to enjoy this unique place!

Start: Martigny (613 m)
Destination: Col de Champex (1495 m)

Author's recommendation

Visit the botanical alpine garden in Champex and learn more about local plants. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1497 m 609 m

  • Ascent

    888 m

  • Descent

    6 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Arrive in Martigny by train from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains Railway Mont-Blanc & St-Bernard Express.


Take the A9 Motorway exit E27 autoroute Martigny/Grand St. Bernard. At the roundabout, follow signs towards Col de la Forclaz / Chamonix (France)


Parking de la Porte d’Octodure at motorway exit. Follow the car-park routeing in Martigny.


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

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).


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