Begin of tour: Haute Nendaz
End of tour: Haute Nendaz
Access starting point: Bus from Sion
Access point of arrival: Bus Nendaz - Sion
Technical requirements: medium difficulty
Physical fitness: challenging
Distance: 50 km
Total altitude meters: +511m / -3256m (!)
Biking time: 3:45 - 5:30 hours. (Time excl. cable cars and breaks)
Season: July to August
Gastronomy: along the route (several)
Overnight: Nendaz, Siviez, Verbier La Tzoumaz
Various: Views of the high mountains
Literature: Tour du Mont Fort
The 50km distance can be conquered by trained non-professionals bikers. One should be experienced in cycling on gravel and mountain roads. The climbs stretch for a total of 6 km, mainly on unpaved mountain tracks. The high point of the tour, in both meanings of the word, is reached by cable lift. In this way one reaches an altitude of 2,894 m without difficulty. The descent from Col des Gentianes, with it's view of Mont-Blanc, forms one of the strong points of this tour, but is also the most demanding stretch.
Haute-Nendaz - Tracouet cable car - Tracouet - Sofleu - Siviez - Tortin chair lift - Tortin - Gentianes chair lift - Col des Gentianes - La Chaux - Les Ruinettes - (Verbier - Savoleyres cable car) - Savoleyres - Les Etablons - La Tzoumaz - Le Drosté - Les Crettaux - Haute-Nendaz
The first ascent is with the cable car to Tracouet, followed by a descent by bicycle to Siviez. A chair lift and a cable car take the cyclists with their bikes to Col des Gentianes - at a respectable height of 2,894 m. This is followed by a long descent as far as Verbier. After this there is another ascent, with the last cable car of the day. There is also a short cut here, avoiding Verbier. From Savoleyres we take on the last stage via la Tzoumaz back to Haute-Nendaz.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.