The Portes du Soleil area is located in the heart of Chablais region between the Mont Blanc massif and Lake Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss border.
This area is most often known for its ski area and its alpine landscapes of mountains and pastures.
This trip proposes to cross this massif on small tourist roads, carriage roads and adapted paths and to enjoy the panoramas, the torrents, the waterfalls and other lakes. No crazy descents, but reasonable routes where it is advisable to already practice this activity.
What about climbs? Your electric bike will be there to support you!
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Luggage transport, supervision, full board accommodation except drinks, electric mountain bike hire, transfers included in the programme.
Does not include :
Insurance, registration fees, transport to and from the meeting point, drinks.
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ARRIVAL AT MORZINE
Meet on Sunday at 6pm at your gîte in Morzine for a presentation of the trip with your guide.
Welcome at the gîte from 4pm.
FRETEROLLES MOUNTAIN PASTURES - LAKE MONTRIOND
Handling of the mountain bikes, reminder of handling and safety. Departure for the chalets and the Fréterolles mountain pasture, an easy discovery trail. Meeting with Louis Paul the shepherd. Descent along the torrent to Morzine. Climb back up to Lake Montriond for the most motivated.
18 km / Elevation: +650m ; - 650m
GRAYDON, HAMLET AT THE FOOT OF ROC D'ENFER
From Morzine, depart for the village of Essert Romand and climb to the traditional alpine village of Graydon. Descend to the small resort of La Terche and St Jean d'Aulps. Return to Morzine via the banks of the Dranse, the valley's torrent.
22 km / Elevation: +650m ; - 650m
MONT CALY'S PANORAMAS
Climb to the Col de l'Encrenaz and descend through the Foron mountain pastures to Mont Caly. Exceptional views of the entire Mont Blanc chain. Return to Morzine via the small resort of Les Gets.
30 km / Elevation: +850m ; - 850m - Possible transfer to make the day easier.
LINDARETS AND SWISS
Short transfer to the goat village, Les Lindarets. Departure for the GR5, direction Switzerland and the Lac Vert at 2000m of altitude then the col des Portes du Soleil. We cross the Swiss alpine pastures, punctuated by typical chalets, to reach the Col de Coux for our return to France. Descent to the Mines d'Or lake and Morzine.
38 km / Difference in altitude: +850m ; - 1350m - Depending on the group's choice, it will be possible to shorten the climb and distance with a chairlift.
JOUX PLANE AND GOLESE PASS
From Morzine, transfer to the Ranfolly pass. Descent to the Joux Plane lake and its remarkable panorama of the entire Mont Blanc range. Descent again, on the famous "Tour de France" road used by the racers to climb! A short technical crossing to rejoin the GR5 trail and climb to the Col de la Golèse then descend to Morzine.
24 km / Difference in altitude: +650m ; - 1350m
The stay ends on Saturday morning after breakfast.
Altitude of the accommodation: 1200m
Distance covered: 18 to 38 km per day
Positive and negative elevation changes from 650m to 1350m per day
Average duration of the stages: 5 hours per day
Maximum altitude : 2100m
Nature of the terrain: Uphill and downhill on small tourist roads, on paths and tracks, some passages on narrow paths on the way down, some rare technical passages.
Itineraries of less than 40km, using small tourist roads, tracks and wide, rolling paths, with no major obstacles or technical difficulties. The few more technical passages are approached gently. The slopes are gentle on the way down as well as on the way up with a maximum positive difference in altitude of 1400m, requiring a good physical condition and occasional practice of mountain biking.
Mountain biking in the mountains requires good physical condition as well as technical skills for climbing and descending. The electric assistance makes it possible to soften the effort in rise but does not exclude the control of the balance and the trajectories during the descents. The guide will give you valuable advice and can adapt the itinerary according to the level of the group and of all the participants if necessary.
Number of participants between 4 and 8 people supervised by a mountain guide (BE) with mountain bike accreditation.
In a comfortable gîte: 6 nights in rooms for 2 or 3 people.
The gîte is an old restored farmhouse. Nathalie, our host, will give us the best welcome and the gourmet pleasures of a tasty table, with varied menus and the inevitable Savoyard specialities...
The gîte has 6 bedrooms for 2 and 3 people, with 3 bathrooms and 3 separate toilets to share. The kitchen opens onto a main living room with a fireplace and a small bar. Two other small living rooms are available on the first floor.
The gîte is located in the village of Les Prodains, at the end of the Ardoisières valley, 5 minutes from Avoriaz by cable car and 10 minutes by bus from Morzine (every 15 minutes and free).
Morzine and Avoriaz have all the shops of a friendly village resort, as well as traditional and cultural activities: a visit to the slate quarries, the fruit factory where tomme, reblochon and abondance cheese are made, an indoor swimming pool and an Olympic ice rink. Not to mention the nightlife: wine bars, pubs...
Single room supplement on request: 170€.
Breakfast consisting of bread, cheese, cereals, cold cuts, butter, jam, local honey, tea, coffee, milk.
Picnic consisting of a different salad each day, mountain cold cuts, local cheeses, fruit, dried fruit.
Various dinners and local specialities prepared at the gîte and featuring local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
Meeting point Sunday at 6pm at your gite in Morzine
Cluses or Thonon-les-Bains station (Morzine is located between these two towns)
Then bus line 91 to Morzine
In Morzine free shuttle to Les Prodains.
Departure : from Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 09.11am, arrival in Thonon at 1.33pm.
Then bus, departure from Thonon at 13:40, arrival in Morzine at 14:25.
10 min walk (or free shuttle) to your hotel.
Return : Departure from Morzine, bus at 1.50pm arrival in Cluses at 2.45pm.
Then train from Cluses at 5.06pm arriving in Paris at 10.12pm.
The timetables given are for information only and must be checked with the SNCF.
Motorway A40 to Cluses, then direction Morzine/Avoriaz (les Portes du Soleil).
Follow Taninges, Les Gets and finally Morzine.
In accordance with the regulations, we are insured for professional civil liability. In no case can we replace your personal liability. If you have chosen the EUROP ASSISTANCE repatriation insurance that we offer, Altitude Mont Blanc only acts as an interface between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to the strict terms and conditions of sale. You are responsible for following the procedures for reporting any claims.
Before taking any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
Mobile phone coverage: mobile networks work well throughout the route.
Bicycles are included in the price but you can bring your own. When you register, please let us know your size so that we can provide you with a bike that is as close to your body size as possible.
For this trip we ask you to be able to carry out basic repairs such as changing or repairing an inner tube, restoring the bike to working order after a derailment, repairing a chain.
Bikes are included in the price, but you can bring your own bike.
Description of the rental bike: The latest generation of all-suspension electric mountain bikes with great autonomy, totally adapted for this type of stay. Your bike will be returned to you on the morning of day 2.
For reasons of hygiene, we always advise you to bring your own helmet and water bottles, even if you rent the bike. However, we can provide a helmet at no extra charge.
Don't forget to tell us your size when you book.
List of equipment and cycling gear to bring for your stay:
(The list of clothing should be adapted according to the chosen season).
For your head:
For your chest:
For the legs :
For the feet: