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TRANSALP TRIP SUMMARY

The riding

  • Two days lift assisted riding in the Portes du Soleil
  • Two day TransAlpine riding from Morzine to Chamonix with an overnight mountain refuge stay
  • One day Chamonix valley based riding
  • One day two countries trip to Switzerland from Chamonix

Early morning at the Refuge lac de Gers

The accommodation

  • 4 nights essential catered basis Hotel Bel'Alpe, Morzine
  • 1 night refuge de Lac des Gers, Grand Massif
  • 2 nights Chamonix chalet/bunk house

ascending to the Col d'Anterne

To Switzerland from La Tour

ENDLESSRIDE TRANSALPINE ITINERARY

DAY 1 (Sunday) The first day of our Trans Alp trip is spent in the Morzine area using the lifts and riding a variety of trails to get you accustomed to Alpine riding. We can make sure that your bike and kit is in good order and assess your riding ability for the days to come.

In the evening, over dinner, your guide will discuss the trip and make sure that you have everything you might need for the next few days packed and ready to go.

DAY 2 (Monday) Today's destination is the remote Refuge de Lac des Gers in the Grand Massif ski area. The day begins with the Pleney lift out of Morzine followed by a steady climb to the view point of La Bourgeoise at 1770m high above the Samoens valley. From there the only way is down the 1050 meters into Samoens itself. Here we'll stop for lunch in the village square before ascending by minibus, leg power and ski lift to the Grandes Plaitieres above the ski resort of Flaine.

summit of the grandes platieres above Flaine

The telecabine takes us to 2400m and the views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains from this huge limestone pavement are simply incredible. We'll then work our way down to the refuge at 1540m for a well earned beer before dinner. The total distance ridden is approximatley 40km.

The refuge Lac des Gers is well furnished and has running water and hot showers. Rooms are shared between 4 - 6 people. Dinner is a hearty two course local style meal.

DAY 3 (Tuesday) Today is another big 40km day with a final destination of Chamonix. It's a tough day too with a monster climb, much of which is unridable, to the Col d'Anterne. We begin though with a descent from the refuge to the small village of Sixt Fer a Cheval. It's from here, at 750m that the climb begins, steadily at first, then it becomes impossible to ride as we reach the lac d'Anterne and start up to the col at 2250m. The 1600m descent to Le Fayet St Gervais is well worth the effort though. From here we take the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Col de Voza at 1650m. We then descend through the Les Houches ski area and into Chamonix itself.

beginning the Anterne climb

DAY 4 (Wednesday) After two big days in the saddle you may be looking for a rest day and Chamonix is a great place to explore. Your guide can suggest plenty of places to visit including a trip on the Aiguille du Midi cable car which will take you to 3800m for some incredible 360° views of the region.

However if you would prefer to keep your legs moving we can program in a ride along the sides of the Chamonix valley on the Petit Balcons nord and sud.

DAY 5 (Thursday) We hit the trails in a big way again today with a trip into Switzerland. After reaching the small hamlet of La Tour we take the Col de Balme telecabine up to 1900m. We then climb to reach the col de Balme itself at 2200m. From here it's down to Vallorcine in Switzerland to catch the train back under the mountains into Chamonix. We then pack up to leave and return to Chalet George in Morzine.

DAY 6 (Friday) On your last day you will join our guided groups in Morzine for a great day of lift assisted riding in the Portes du Soleil area.

DATES AND PRICES FOR SUMMER 2009

We have no firm dates for a 2009 TransAlp trip but are happy to discuss dates for a bespoke trip.

Chamonix petit balcon Nord

Trip price for 2009 will be in the region of 850 Euros
per person
depending on group numbers and includes:

  • Geneva airport transfers
  • 4 nights essential service accommodation in the Hotel Bel'Alpe, Morzine
  • 1 night mountain refuge accommodation
  • 2 nights chalet/bunk house accommodation in Chamonix
  • all breakfasts and 6 evening meals (2 courses)
  • bag transfers
  • vehicle transport and support for the TransAlpine sections and return from Chamonix
  • full guiding services and mechanical support

Extras:

  • lunches
  • lift passes
  • flights
  • travel accident insurance

Morzine base - Chalet George

We will run the TransAlp trip with a minimum of 4 guests. The maximum group size will be 7 guests. There will be one dedicated guide for the group for days 2 through 5.

Further guides and a split group may be possible on days 1 and 6 when the trip is based in Morzine.

chamonix

FITNESS AND ABILITY LEVELS REQUIRED

To enjoy the TransAlp trip to the full you will need an excellent base level of fitness with good stamina for long days in the saddle. 40km in the mountains is surprisingly tougher than a 40km day on UK trails. Day 3 in particular involves a long and sustained push with your bike which will test anyone no matter how fit.

The riding varies from gentle double track to steep and rocky singletrack. It is extremely technical in places and you'll need to be an accomplished rider, confident on any sort of trail and gradient.

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