Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Forclaz - Legendary Mountain Passes closed

The Col de la Forclaz is not the hardest nor the highest pass in the Valais, but it is a pass that the Tour de France riders crossed in July 2016 on their way to the Emosson Dam. Not to be missed!

From Martigny, the pass begins with long straights through the vineyards. The asphalt is smooth and the sun is often shining strong on this section in the summer…careful not to push too hard in this first section! Little by little, the road becomes more shaded as it winds through forest and meadows. This wide road never seems too steep, but there are still a lot of meters to climb which makes the pass far from easy. Below, the city of Martigny begins to appear like a model as the panoramic view of the Rhone Valley widens. At the summit, the restaurant serves local specialities that will invigorate even the most fatigued!

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Legendary Valais passes

Set off on a sequence of four exceptional days inviting you to wind your way along the Valais’ most...
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Set off on a sequence of four exceptional days inviting you to wind your way along the Valais’ most beautiful biking routes to conquer its legendary passes. Starting from Martigny, this tour takes you through magnificent scenery, on roads with moderate traffic, through the vineyards of the Rhône Valley to the fabled peaks. While the ascent of the Sanetsch pass, the crowning stage of this getaway, enables you to discover one of the Alps’ great giants, other Alpine passes such as the Croix de Coeur, the Forclaz, the Planches and the Lein all contribute to this not-to-be-missed experience.


Day 1: Col de la Croix de Cœur

  • Arrival in Martigny in the morning

  • Martigny – Riddes – Col de la Croix de Coeur – Martigny

  • 70km, 1880m ascent

Day 2: La Petite Forclaz & Emosson Dam

  • Martigny – Petite Forclaz – Col de la Forclaz – Finhaut – Emosson Dam – Martigny

  • 68km, 2540m ascent

Day 3: Col du Sanetsch

  • Martigny – Col du Sanetsch - cable car Sanetsch-Gsteig – Col du Pillon – Aigle – Martigny

  • 127km, 2430m ascent

Day 4: Col des Planches & Col du Lein

  • Martigny – Col des Planches – Col du Tronc – Col du Lein – Sapinhaut – Saxon – Martigny.

  • Individial departure (after the ride).

  • 41km, 1260m ascent

Total length (without options): 306 km

Total ascent (without options): +8100 meters

What’s included:

  • 3 nights in a 3 or 4* hotel in the area of Martigny 

  • Breakfast included 

  • Detailed travel documents with GPS data 

  • Telephone assistance

  • Optional: road bike rental

Not included :

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Ticket cable car Sanetsch-Gsteig.

  • Tourist taxes

Available packages :

  • 4* Hotel VatelMartigny package

  • mARTigny Boutique Hotel 3* Superior Package, Martigny

  • Rêves Gourmands Package – Swiss Lodge, Vernayaz (only accommodation option if road bike rental)

  • 3* Hotel Campanile package, Martigny

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Turn-by-turn directions

The Forclaz pass connects Martigny – an ancient Roman site in the Rhone Valley – to the Trient Valley on the road to Chamonix. The pass, which rises to 1,526m, starts with a steady climb that rises bit by bit above the vineyards during the first few kilometres. From the route you can see the roads that lead to the Grand-St-Bernard Pass and Col des Planches, perhaps giving you some ideas for riding the next day before you even get to today’s summit! On a clear day you can see down the heart of the valley until Sion, and you can start guessing the names of the high peaks of the Val de Bagnes nearby. Once you arrive at the pass, you will enter into the world of the Trient Valley, calm and pristine. It will certainly make you want to venture deep within, especially as the Mont-Blanc Express train can get you back to Martigny without any effort.

Start: Martigny train station (501 m)
Destination: Col de la Forclaz (1526 m)

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1527 m 502 m

  • Ascent

    1025 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 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 easily from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains Railway Mont-Blanc & St-Bernard Express.


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


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).

Additional information

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SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1324 Barberine