Being one of the world’s most popular treks, Tour du Mont Blanc has been increasingly igniting the imagination of seasoned mountain bikers. See what the hype is all about as you catch reflections of glaciated peaks while shredding trails along crystal-clear lakes and sample culinary specialties while visiting three different countries. Find out what you’re made of and climb toward +2,500 ft mountain passes, earning your way down—through flower-strewn meadows, until you feel the cobblestones beneath your tires. Soak the first rays of sunshine above wooded valleys with a cup of espresso and—once you’ve become weary from ups and downs through the Alps—sip some French wine to unimpeded views of Mont Blanc. Join your expert guide and circumnavigate the highest peak of Western Europe on two wheels! 

  • 3 countries, 5 major mountain passes, 7 valleys, 105 miles

  • Experience the best of riding in the Alps among jaw-dropping vistas

  • Combine exciting trails with gastronomical and cultural delights

Itinerary

Starting in Verbier, Switzerland, you will spend an entire week crossing the famous Tour du Mont Blanc on your bike.This all-inclusive adventure offers arguably the best mountain biking in the Alps, among some of the world’s most magnificent landscapes, but it also gives you a glimpse into the mountain lifestyle in three countries—Switzerland, Italy, and France. Expert guidance will enhance your MTB skills and you’ll be able to recharge from epic riding in quality accommodations offering local food and great views! 

  • Arrive in Verbier in the afternoon and settle in the nearby chalet, your accommodation for the night. You can later meet fellow riders and your guide and do a quick ride in the area. Return for dinner, enjoy the beautiful scenery around the chalet on the terrace and get some good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s riding.
    Meals: Dinner

    Verbier MTB Chalet, the starting point during a MTB Tour du Mont Blanc adventure.
  • Enjoy your hearty breakfast at 8 am and depart for the first stage of Tour du Mont Blanc, starting at 10 am. Riding down the valley, you will pass through some authentic Swiss mountain villages. Your journey continues into the Grand St. Bernard Valley and up to Lake Champex, by the shores of which you will have a laid-back lunch. Afterwards, ride down into Val Ferret and continue your traverse on a mix of gravel paths and singletrack until your group reaches the accommodation at the base of the Mont Dolent, offering sprawling views of the La Neuve Glacier, as well as the rugged peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Riding / Elevation gain: 47 km (30 miles) / 1550 m (5,085 ft)

    The beautiful Lake Champex as seen during a lunch break on the second day of the Tour du Mont Blanc mountain biking trip.
  • Your riding on day 3 begins by crossing a river and turning onto a gravel track that will eventually turn into singletrack. A beautiful but demanding climb will bring your group to the mountain pass Grand Col Ferret, standing at 2537 m (8323 ft). Take in the spectacular views over both the Swiss and Italian side of the mountain range. What follows is a technical descent until you reach a mountain hut called Refugio Elena, where you’ll stop to get a well-deserved espresso and cake. Continuing down the valley, brace yourself for a challenging climb and get rewarded with views of the Mont Blanc and gelato in the Italian town of Courmayeur. Your lodging is a short drive away and offers unimpeded views of the famous massif.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Elevation gain: 900 m (2,953 ft)

    Two mountain bikers reach Col Ferret, the highest point during the Tour du Mont Blanc MTB adventure.
  • Start with a short downhill and continue climbing up to the Col de la Seigne, found at 2516 m (8,255 ft) and marking the border with France. Once again, your effort will have paid off—take some time to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of this trip. A flowing and long downhill will later bring your group down to the remote village of Les Chapieux. From here, start another climb to your accommodation above Lake Roseland, where you will stay for the night.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Riding / Elevation gain: 49 km (30 miles) / 1550 m (5,085 ft)

    View of the famous mountain pass Col de la Seigne as seen during a MTB trip along Tour du Mont Blanc.
  • Follow a farm track leading you above the Roseland Lake and continue with another climb, winding up the mountain in numerous hairpin turns. This long climb will take your group to the top of Col de Gittaz, which will be reached by carrying the bikes for the last 20 minutes. A later technical descent and another climb (this time shorter) gets you to Col de Joly, after which it’s a thrill ride all the way down to Les Contamines. Follow a river before starting the final climb to a mountain hut, where you will stay for the night.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Riding / Elevation gain: 48 km (30 miles) / 1650 m (5,413 ft)

    View od Les Contamines during a MTB trip through the Alps.
  • Start your day with a traverse along a challenging trail that will include a few walking sections for safety reasons. After this fun trail, you will start a steep climb up to the Col de Voza. From there your group will make an extra loop with fantastic views and finally ride down to Les Houches and follow the river all the way to Chamonix. Spend a relaxing afternoon doing some sightseeing, including a visit to the famed Aiguille du Midi, which stands at 3,800 meters (12,467 feet).
    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Riding / Elevation gain: 31 km (19 miles) / 920 m (3,018 ft)

    The quaint town of Chamonix above the mighty Mont Blanc peak, one of the stops during a Tour du Mont Blanc MTB adventure.
  • Your riding today starts with a traverse across a valley, up towards Argentiere and La Tour. In La Tour, you’ll have an option to take the lift or climb up to Col de Balme, the border with Switzerland. From there, a spectacular singletrack will lead your group into the Trient Valley. The last climb will be to the Col de Forclaz. What follows is a ride down through the vineyards until you reach the old Roman city of Martigny in the Rhone Valley. Celebrate the end of the Tour du Mont Blanc MTB trip and your achievements with a drink on one of the terraces and wait for the van to drive your group to the MTB Verbier Chalet. Spend the last evening with your guide and fellow riders, as your tour ends tomorrow.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Riding / Elevation gain: 40 km (25 miles) / 1450 m (4,757 ft)

    View of the famous Rhone Valley, as seen during the Tour du Mont Blanc MTB trip.
  • After breakfast, it is time to leave your chalet. Say goodbye to your guide, fellow MTB enthusiasts, and the Alps—or continue touring on your own.
    Meals: Breakfast

    The Swiss town off Verbier, the starting and the finishing point of the Tour du Mont Blanc MTB trip.

Meet your guides

Erik den Oudendammer
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Erik den Oudendammer
Erik den Oudendammer
Swiss Advanced, level 2, qualified MTB guide
Swiss Advanced, level 2, qualified MTB guide
The heart and motor of MTB Verbier! Erik is happiest when he is on the bike. Like a local mountain goat, he moves with confidence, skill and fun over the mountains.
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Jess Kroon
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Jess Kroon
Swiss qualified MTB guide
Jess spends as much time guiding as possible, next to hosting guests and managing MTB Verbier. She enjoys riding on sunny days, sitting with others around the campfire and making people feel at home as a host.
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MTB Verbier
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MTB Verbier
Having started their guiding journey almost 20 years ago, the team at MTB Verbier connects mountain biking enthusiasts from all over the world and provides them with the best experiences of the Swiss Alps, combined with all-inclusive stays in their one...
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Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Mont Blanc areas in France, Switzerland, and Italy please refer to France Diplomacy’s advice for travelers and foreign nationals, Switzerland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines, and Official Italian Tourism Website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
      • 6 days of guided MTB in the Alps 
      • Accommodation for 7 nights
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
      • Luggage transport and technical assistance
      • Souvenir T-shirt
      • Transportation during the trip 

    Mountain bike rentals are available for an added fee of $240.
    Accommodation in quality hotels, chalets, and mountain huts will mostly be based on double occupancy. Occasionally, the rooms will be shared with more people.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Verbier, Switzerland
      • One dinner in Chamonix
      • Drinks during the trip
      • MTB gear, including bike
      • Lift passes
      • Medical/accident insurance — required
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • For this Tour du Mont Blanc MTB guided adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. This is a challenging journey for adventurous mountain bikers, capable of handling a mountain bike on steep technical climbs and descents on singletrack. Riding on the roads will be reduced to a minimum so, you will mostly ride in the dirt.

    You should be able to ride for hours without stopping and handle 6-hour days, 6 days in a row. You will be riding for up to 50 km (30 miles) a day with total elevation gains of up to 1,600 m (5,250 ft), while carrying a backpack weighing between 6 and 10 kg (13-22 lbs).

    Keep in mind that there will always be a guide by your side monitoring your technique and making sure everybody can handle the rides while having a great time. There will also be plenty of opportunities to take breaks in beautiful locations. 

  • You should have previous mountain biking experience to participate in the Tour du Mont Blanc MTB trip. Experience of riding through mid-level mountains is necessary, but you needn’t necessarily have experience of riding in alpine terrain. 

    Some of the skills needed for the tour include riding with exposure, controlling your bike on moderate steep singletracks, and descents and climbs with some loose rocks and roots, handling small unexpected steps, rock gardens, and occasional little jumps. You should be able to determine when to walk, due to the terrain being too difficult or dangerous. Your guide will monitor your technique, take care of the logistics and help you overcome any obstacles. 

  • Here’s what you’ll need:

      • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material 
      • Suitcase for all of your items (daily luggage transfer and logistics included)
      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items you might need during one day
      • Sneakers or sport shoes
      • Breathable outside layer or jacket
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder
      • Leisure clothing for your free time
      • Mountain bike (rental available for an additional fee)
      • Regular mountain bike helmet
      • Biking gloves — optional but recommended
      • Flexible knee and elbow pads — optional
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The maximum group size for this group tour is 7 people with one guide. 
      • The cost is per person does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Mountain biking along Tour du Mont Blanc can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 6 weeks (42 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
  • To get to Verbier, most people fly into Geneva Airport, which is 2 hours away. From there, you can take a train ride to Verbier. 

    You will meet your guide at the Verbier train station. They have transportation to your accommodation (Verbier MTB Chalet) covered!

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