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Aravis pass ‑ Arpettaz pass

with Marie Bochet

Marie Bochet, disabled skier, 8 gold medals at the Paralympics.

Go on a bike ride with Marie Bochet for a bike ride you will remember!
On the program, the discovery of the villages of the Val d’Arly, the ascent of the discreet Col de l’Arpettaz, and the famous ascent of the Col des Aravis!


Ambassador of the Beaufortain region, I like to expand my sports activities and cycling is one of them. Follow me, I'll make you discover my favorite in the Val d'Arly.

The charm of the Col de l'Arpettaz

A small protected area at the foot of the Mont Charvin, this pass is a little wonder for its landscapes
and to ride away from the heavy traffic.

We take the departure on the side of the Giettaz, more precisely in the Col des Aravis.
Let’s go !

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Marie Bochet’s favorite route

Follow me, I’ll take you to discover the Val d’Arly with this itinerary that I particularly like in the fall.
Easy, we start with the descent !

From the Col des Aravis, we wind our way to the village of la Giett’ to quickly find ourselves in gorges where the autumn colors warmly caress your retina.

Here we are in Flumet, crossroads of the Val d’Arly, a pretty village filled with history.
This is where we start the climb… The Germandière laces, well known by the Tour de France riders for its endless hairpins.
Here we are in Notre Dame de Bellecombe to quickly fall back to the Nant Rouge and go up towards Crest-Voland / Cohennoz.
The crossing of the village smells good the peaceful days.

In cycling, the heat can quickly be an additional difficulty, that’s why, when leaving Crest-Voland, I take you in the coolness of a road in undergrowth, little frequented, until the small village of Cohennoz, perched above the Gorges of Arly.
This fresh descent continues until Ugine.
From there, a quick crossing in a more urbanized area to quickly find the mountain roads, direction the Col de l’Arpettaz!

Beware, here we go for 1000m of vertical drop over 16km with an average of 7%. Welcome to the road of 100 curves!
The sequence of hairpins makes the ascent easier and the landscape opens up little by little on the valley.
Here we are at the Col de l’Arpettaz at 1581m, we take a lot of eyes!
There, a refuge where the pause is essential!

Fresh drinks, traditional food and homemade desserts, enough to fill up greedy energy.
The refuge Auberge du Col de l’Arpettaz is open from early June to early October.
Once satiated, it is time for us to leave in the direction of Héry /s Ugine.
A balcony road with a view of the Mont Blanc range offers itself to us, with the colors of autumn, it’s just magical!

Back on the departmental roads, it’s time for the last ascent. Here we are again in Flumet: the loop is closed!
We still have the last 11 km with not less than 600m of difference in altitude to find our starting point: the Col des Aravis.
The atmosphere of the autumn colors at the end of the day lulls us and almost makes us forget that our legs are seriously starting to drag!

Finally, here we are! We deserved our cold beer under the benevolent glance of the Mont-Blanc at the Col des Aravis!

Want to try?

and live this experience fully

Practice period

From 01/05 to 30/10

Think Nature Shuttles that run in July and August!
Free shuttle with bike door between Col des Aravis and Col des Saisies.


– Difficult –

Col des Aravis / La Giettaz / Flumet / Notre Dame de Bellecombe / Crest-Voland / Cohennoz / Ugine / Col de l’Arpettaz / Héry / Ugine / Flumet / La Giettaz / Col des Aravis.

Distance / Elevation gain

A loop of82 km
with 2300m D+

Possibility to do it by VAE with recharging point at the Col de l’Arpettaz

Practical information

– Find the itinerary on our Alpine Tracks App with geoguiding.

– Free shuttle with bike rack in July and August that allows you to go up to the Col des Aravis from Flumet.
– The refuge Auberge du Col de l’Arpettaz is open from June to October.
– There is plenty to drink at the Col des Aravis all year round.