Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Petite Forclaz – Valais Cycling Tour

At 4 kilometres long, with an 11% average gradient and an approximately 400-metre elevation gain, the ascent of the Petite Forclaz is a formidable challenge.

Set off on this signposted climb with several informative panels indicating the elevation gain and gradient of your route. Discover a hill road that rises up from Martigny-Croix, passing through the vineyards and the villages of Les Rappes and La Fontaine. Climbing the Petite Forclaz – which is 4 km long and has an average gradient of 11%, with some sections exceeding 14% and an over 400-meter elevation gain – is a formidable challenge. Feel the burn in your calves on the route’s numerous hairpin bends. Once you have reached the Route de la Forclaz, you can choose to tackle an additional route section consisting of the Tour de France climb up to the Emosson dam via the Col de la Forclaz, or return to Martigny via the main road.

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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...
From 231 CHF

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

Your route starts on the main square of Martigny-Croix, where you'll find the red Valais cycle signpost. Make your way through the town’s alleyways and cross the bridge over the Route du Saint-Bernard. Climb through the vineyards, crossing the hamlets of Les Rappes and La Fontaine before you arrive at the Route de la Forclaz. The route becomes steeper as the climb progresses. With numerous turns, an average gradient of 11% and some sections exceeding 14%, you’ll soon start to feel the burn in your legs. After four kilometres and a climb of 400 metres, you’ll finally reach the Route de la Forclaz main road, where you can choose to continue climbing up to the Col de la Forclaz or even the Emosson Dam, or make your way back down to Martigny via the main road.

Start: Martigny-Croix (503 m)
Destination: Route de la Forclaz (906 m)

Author's recommendation

Take a gourmet break at the Fromathèque cheese shop at the Martigny-Croix exit and try some delicious regional products and excellent Valais vintages.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    906 m 499 m

  • Ascent

    403 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 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

Travel to Martigny-Croix on the SBB Lausanne–Brig line or the Mont-Blanc Express and St-Bernard Express lines.


Take the E27 Martigny/Grand St-Bernard motorway exit, then leave the roundabout in the direction of Col de la Forclaz/Chamonix.


Follow the directions for parking 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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