Col des Montets (FRA) – Legendary Mountain Passes

The Col des Montets is relatively easy: it is only seven kilometres long with 500 metres of climbing. It’s situated in France but is still part of the Trient Valley.

Between Le Châtelard on the French-Swiss border and the Col des Montets, the road does not present any significant difficulties. The slope is never too steep and the road surface is in excellent condition. You will cross the village of Vallorcine and its rustic nature. At the summit, the route continues in the direction of Argentière and Chamonix.

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The Col des Montets is probably the easiest pass in the Valais network. For a change, this climb does not require too much effort! From Le Châtelard until the summit, the road is pleasant and crosses the Mont Blanc Express train linking Martigny to Chamonix. The mountain resort of Vallorcine about mid-way up is worth a visit, and the view at the summit will make you want to continue your ride towards Argentières and Chamonix.

Start: Le Châtelard (1110 m)
Destination: Col des Montets (1463 m)

Author's recommendation

As a reward at the top of the pass, take the time to admire the beautiful panorama that awaits you. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1466 m 1110 m

  • Ascent

    356 m

  • Descent

    3 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Expérience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

From Martigny, take the regional train (TMR) to Le Châtelard.


Motorway A9 to Martigny, then continue on the E27 Road to Martigny-Combe, where you take the road to the Forclaz Pass. Pass by Trient and arrive at Le Châtelard.


Parking at the village of Le Châtelard.


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).


SwissTopo Maps: 1324 Barberine / 1344 Col de Balme