We have spent over 15 years perfecting this fabulous route which provides awesome views and spectacular descents from the very first day to the very last.
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This tour is the natural choice for all mountain bikers who like their riding to be a journey. The Chamonix to Zermatt haute route is something very special, giving mountain bikers the chance to link the two most popular high peak climbing destinations in the Alps.
What is included?
The basic package includes seven days of guiding with half board accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast). You then decide the level of van support you want. Choose anything from the comfort of full van support with airport transfers to toughing it out carrying your own gear. We will arrange whatever level of support you choose. You can also shorten the length of time taken to ride the route if you are fit and experienced riders. Email us for more information.
When can I ride the route?
Choose your own dates. We will run this trip from late June to the end of September. Any earlier and there may be too much snow on the high passes. Any later and the refuges and mountain hotels will be closed. We normally run the standard length trip from Saturday to Sunday but we are flexible on this. If you are a single rider looking to join a group please email us to register your interest.
How do I get there?
Fly or take the train to Geneva airport and we will arrange for an airport transfer company to collect you and take you to the first night hotel in Chamonix. You can also drive over and leave your car at the first or last night hotel. We can help you arrange logistics for the collection of your vehicle at the end of your trip or for getting to the first night of the trip.
How hard is it going to be?
A demanding route for committed mountain bikers who ride regularly every weekend. Lots of riding with some very technical sections and some very big climbs up high passes. This route is point to point and provides a great chance to see some of the best views and scenery in the Alps. There is plenty of climbing on double track and lots of fantastic singletrack descents! Both of the high pass days will require a short amount of pushing. We cover around 300km in distance and ascend approximately 8,750m. We descend around 14,400m (depends on chairlifts used and how much playing you do en route.)
The maximum altitude is approximately 2,800m so there are no problems with altitude sickness but you may still feel the altitude in your lungs on the climbs.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation is in a mixture of good quality 3* hotels with en-suite rooms and mountain hotels/refuges. There will be group sleeping arrangements in the mountain hotels. There are hot showers and good and plentiful food every night.
What sort of bike do I need to bring?
A mountain bike! In good working order, recently serviced prior to the trip. Full suspension and disc brakes are highly recommended for this trip to make your life more comfortable. Your bike must be a good quality mountain bike with at least decent front suspension forks and tyres suitable for descending steep rocky terrain. No hybrid bikes as these are not suitable. We ride dual suspension 5 to 6 inch travel “all mountain” and “enduro” style bikes.