Col du Lein – Legendary Mountain Passes
The col du Lein from Saxon takes you from the centre of the Rhone Valley up to 1,658 metres. This long climb of more than 14 kilometres is relatively unknown but imposing. The route then heads back down towards Vollèges and the Val de Bagnes.
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Leaving Saxon in the heart of the Rhone Valley, the first switchbacks of the col du Lein wind through meadows and sunny orchards. The road follows the torrent des Croix and crosses the hamlets of Sapinhaut and l'Arbarey. Little by little, the view over the central Valais below opens and offers a panorama from Martigny to Sion. As you approach the summit of the pass, the Pierre Avoi mountain that has dominated the climb will become more and more massive and impressive. The last few hundred metres are on dirt road as you cross over above the Val de Bagnes.