The Haute Cime tour is not for the faint hearted! The steep ascent is extremely hard and the descent extremely difficult. But very good mountainbikers who enjoy extraordinary routes are right here. You start at the station Les Marécottes, from where you can take the train to Martigny. On a small road you climb up to the camping site of Vans, where the first show of strength is waiting for you: The gravel road up to the Auberge de Salanfé is steep and rough, but this is only the beginning! The section along the reservoir is a short breather until at the end of the gravel road there is the steep path up to the Col de Susanfe. Here the bike usually has to be pushed because the ground is too loose and the path is too steep. Finally you reach the transition and the next stage of the ascent. From here the bike lies on your shoulders, the path is narrow but easy to walk up to the Col des Paresseux. It is advisable to deposit your bike here and walk the rocky final section to the summit. You will be rewarded on the exposed and unusual summit with a first-class panoramic view.
The descent is the next challenge of the tour. The section from the summit to the Col des Paresseux would be short, but the bike would have to be carried through the steep and slippery terrain again and again. It makes sense to deposit the bike on the Col des Paresseux, because the trail is rideable from here. It meanders through the steep, gravelly terrain. A concentrated riding style is called for until the descent after the Col de Susanfe (on the ascent route) becomes fast and flowy. Finally you return to the Auberge de Salanfé and climb up to the Col du Jorat to start the long descent to Evionnaz. The start is a bit unspectacular, but from Jorat d'en Haut the route becomes a singletrail hit. The route leads through the steep forest terrain, sometimes fast and flowy, sometimes stony and challenging. In this way it goes up to Evionnaz, from where you get back to Martigny on the cycle path along the Rhône.
Tip: Stay overnight at the Auberge de Salanfé and climb the Haute Cime at sunrise.
Note: On the route to the Haute Cime there are many hikers. This is particularly delicate on the descent in the section between Col des Paresseux and Col de Susanfe, as mountain bikers can release stones on the loose ground that endanger other people further down. A very considerate riding style is called for here.