Col des Planches – Legendary Mountain Passes
The Col des Planches links the city of Martigny with the Val de Bagnes while avoiding the main road to Sembrancher. This relatively short climb is steep but is an ideal option for discovering an alternative route to reach the resort of Verbier.
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The first kilometres of climbing from Martigny are merciless: the road launches upward from the start and the slope never eases until Chemin-Dessous, the first village along the climb. A hairpin curve will offer you a few moments to breath and to shift your attention to the impressive view over the Rhone bend and the city of Martigny below. As you climb higher, the slope eases and you will discover the Forclaz Valley while climbing through larch trees. A brief flat section will give you a moment to save some energy before the final switchbacks bring you to the summit of the pass that will take you back down the mountain towards Vollèges.