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Mountain bike FranceCHARTREUSE - THE GREEN EMERALD V3 Great riding and breathtaking scenery in "The emerald of the Alps"

In the heart of the Pre-Alps, the Chartreuse range is an unspoilt lush green plateau, with a "Parc Naturel Régional" classification. A trip mapped out by a local rider who knows all the hidden singletrack, finishing with an unforgettable descent to Grenoble... Discover La Chartreuse, the famous local liqueur originally made by the Carthusian monks. But don’t get too carried away if you want to get the most out of the trip!

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Highlights

  • "The Emerald of the Alps", name given to the Chartreuse by Stendhal, is a mix of lush green forests and limestone cliffs.
  • Singletrack, singletrack and more singletrack!
  • A nature sanctuary between the two capital cities of Isère and Savoie

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  • This trip exists in 2 versions : V2=2 wheels / V3=3 wheels.
  • Special offers for private groups. Please ask us for a quotation.

GPS tracks

If you choose to book a self-guided tour, we provide the GPS tracks of the route. GPX type files will be sent to you by email.

These tracks were created with GPS mapping software. In some parts, it may be that there are slight differences between the GPS track and field reality. These tracks are a "plus" that allows you to follow our route, but it does not replace the "paper" maps and common sense when out in the field...

We ask you not to publish these GPS tracks on the internet. Their development has required many hours of work, both in the field, and in the office. Thank you in advance for your understanding...

Day 1 : Chambery - Le Château

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organisation team is on day 1 at 9am at Chambéry SNCF railway station. On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Chambery.

Once away from the urban environment of Chambéry, town of Jean Jacques Rousseau, we tackle the foothills of the Chartreuse. First on a small rural road, then a forest track which takes us up to the Cochette (1618 m), a rocky outcrop with breath taking views of the Chartreuse range and the Mont Blanc. A singletrack descent into the valley takes us to Guiers Vif, former Franco-Savoyard frontier, then on towards our gite for the night, with its superb views of the Hauts de Chartreuse summits.

  • Distance covered: approx. 35 km
  • Altitude gain: 1800 m.
Day 2 : Le Château - La Scia

The day starts with an 8 km road climb in order to reach the Ruchère ski slopes. The road then turns to track as it crosses deciduous and coniferous forests, before arriving at the Arpison prairie, offering superb views of the Petit Son summit. Our route then takes us through glades and forests, past various “haberts”, imposing chalets made of wood and stone, characteristic of the Chartreuse. Herds of cows and sheep testify to the pastoral activity of the nearby monks. After a descent through dense forest, we arrive at the Grande Chartreuse monastery, where the resident monks have made a vow of silence. We discreetly pass the mysterious monastery, before beginning our last climb of the day on a forestry track with views of the Chamechaude and Grand Son summits, before arriving at our overnight accommodation.

  • Distance covered: approx. 30 km
  • Altitude gain: 1400 m.
Day 3 :  La Scia - Grenoble

A long descent on the trails of the Saint Pierre de Chartreuse alpine ski station to warm up, before attacking our first climb of the day on a forest track. The climb finishes in style, in a beautiful mountain prairie, facing the imposing Chamechaude, highest summit of the Chartreuse at 2082 m. We finish the trip on some of the best singletrack descents to Grenoble, on secret trails known only to the local riders...

  • Distance covered: approx. 40 km
  • Altitude gain: 1800 m.

Itinerary end : The trip ends at Grenoble SNCF railway station at 3-4pm. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Grenoble.

Distance and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Day 1 : Chambery - Le Château

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organisation team is on day 1 at 9am at Chambery SNCF railway station. On request we can book the previous night's accommodation for you in Chambery.

Once away from the urban environment of Chambéry, town of Jean Jacques Rousseau, we tackle the foothills of the Chartreuse. First on a small rural road, then a forest track which takes us up to the Cochette (1618 m), a rocky outcrop with breath taking views of the Chartreuse range and the Mont Blanc. A singletrack descent into the valley takes us to Guiers Vif, former Franco-Savoyard frontier, then on towards our gite for the night, with its superb views of the Hauts de Chartreuse summits.

  • Distance covered: approx. 35 km
  • Altitude gain: 1800 m.
Day 2 : Le Château - Le Château

We start the day with a playful singletrack descent to Saint Pierre D'Entremont, a beautiful small village, with typical Chartreuse architecture. We then visit the remarkable Saint Memes waterfall, offering an opportunity to take a dip and cool off, before heading for the north face of the Mont Granier, which suffered a catastrophic landslide in 1248, then down some great singletrack trails to Saint Pierre. A day loop from Le Château, exploring the best trails the Chartreuse has to offer.

  • Distance covered: approx. 30 km
  • Altitude gain: 1000 m.
Day 3 : Le Château - La Scia

The day starts with an 8 km road climb in order to reach the Ruchère ski slopes. The road then turns to track as it crosses deciduous and coniferous forests, before arriving at the Arpison prairie, offering superb views of the Petit Son summit. Our route then takes us through glades and forests, past various “haberts”, imposing chalets made of wood and stone, characteristic of the Chartreuse. Herds of cows and sheep testify to the pastoral activity of the nearby monks. After a descent through dense forest, we arrive at the Grande Chartreuse monastery, where the resident monks have made a vow of silence. We discreetly pass the mysterious monastery, before beginning our last climb of the day on a forestry track with views of the Chamechaude and Grand Son summits, before arriving at our overnight accommodation.

  • Distance covered: approx. 30 km
  • Altitude gain: 1400 m.
Day 4 :  La Scia - Grenoble

A long descent on the trails of the Saint Pierre de Chartreuse alpine ski station to warm up, before attacking our first climb of the day on a forest track. The climb finishes in style, in a beautiful mountain prairie, facing the imposing Chamechaude, highest summit of the Chartreuse at 2082 m. We finish the trip on some of the best singletrack descents to Grenoble, on secret trails known only to the local riders...

  • Distance covered: approx. 40 km
  • Altitude gain: 1800 m.

Itinerary end : The trip ends at Grenoble SNCF railway station at 3-4pm. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Grenoble.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

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