Lacs de Fenetre

Le Col du Grand Saint Bernard marks the boarder between Switzerland and Italy and is one of the highest cycling cols (HC) in the Alps – it opened the 16th stage in the 2009 Tour De France. The Grand St. Bernard Pass is counted among the most ancient passes bisecting the western Alps and is famous for its hospice and the kennels of the St. Bernard dogs. It was in these kennels that those amazing animals were once bred and trained to rescue travelers lost in the deep snow. We will start the day with a visit to see these sweet creatures.  Following a short and fast descend down the road towards Italy we will start climbing again, this time by foot, pushing our bikes from an altitude of 2,356m up to the Fenetre de Ferret pass at 2,698m. This might as well be the toughtest part of the entire trip but most definitely the most rewarding one. The descend that awaits us and the views from the top and the way down are absolutely out of this world!!  After gaining our breath back and enjoying the unbelievable view of the Mont Blanc and the highest peaks of the French, Italian and the Swiss Alps,  we will start going down a magnificent singletrack to the Lacs de Fenetre at  2,456m. At this spot – three tremendous mirror-like lakes, we will stop for a rest and a nice picnic lunch.  When we feel like we’re done resting (…) we’ll get back on our bikes and continue our ride down an amazing and challenging 3 KM singletrack to Plan de la Chaux at 2,041m – more than 400m descend.  Although the trail calls for your full attention it is more than worthwhile to stop from time to time for some of the best views of Val Ferret.  Our ride continues down to the valley and then up 300m to La Peule – a popular overnight mountain lodge for Tour du Mont Blanc hikers. A great place for a cup of Vervain tea. This unforgettable day ends with a long alpine forest singletrack that goes all the way down to La Fouly.

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