Serre Chevalier Valley is famous, The bolder can attempt the famous Galibier pass frequented by the Tour de France.
Map of the mythical Tour de France route at Briançon Serre Chevalier Valley
Location from Hotel Mont Thabor to access the passes
Galibier Pass (2 645 m) - Distance 19.7 Km from Hotel
One of the most beautiful mountain passes in the Alps, with magnificent views of glaciers and the summit of Meije (3 987 m). It is the pass of the Hautes Alpes most frequented by the Tour de France. It has a slope of 6% average over 8 Km.
Lautaret Pass (2 058 m) - Distance 19.1 km from Hotel
Starting point Briançon, City of Art and History, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its Vauban fortifications.
Izoard Pass (2 361 m)– Distance 19.5 Km from Hotel
One of the most famous climbs of the Tour de France. It is the gateway to the Queyras Natural Park which offers a breathtaking panorama of the Briançonnais peaks.
Granon Pass (2 413 m) – Distance 11.5 km from Hotel
You will have magnificent views of the valley of Guisane, Meije, Barre des Ecrins (4102 m), and Pelvoux (3 946 m) … and after enjoy the descent!
Montgenèvre Pass (1 860 m) - Distance 19.09 Km from Hotel
Passage to connect France to Italy, very popular with cyclists.
Cycling Lovers the several mountain passes from Hotel Mont Thabor can be your playground
THE BRIANÇONNAIS RESSORT
Offers an incredible choice of itineraries for all road cycling lovers with a contrasting landscape, from small winding roads to large balconies, to climbs and descents of the most famous mountain passes in the history of cycling.
The valley is rich in mountain bike routes, using climbing mountain trails in the larch forest or down the green pastures. Specific signage is used to discern downhill trails on conventional routes.
Many possibilities of practice. Descent on the high altitude domain, the cross country tracks, the “Rider” itineraries or to do with the family.
Serre Chevalier valley has “bike park” composed of 8 tracks descent. They are different from the classic hiking routes where you can try downhill slopes, arranged and maintained daily by a professionals team . You can start from the slopes thanks to the ski lifts open in summer.
Serre Chevalier has a unique equipments and hosts the European BMX Games competition with its exceptional BMX tracks.
The site has been enlarged and redesigned by the development of mogul fields with several levels from beginner, child to professional. Internship sessions are organized with several formulas
A nature haven for hikes
The valley is rich in hiking trails (11 hiking trails, 181 km labeled FFC, 506 km of marked trails).
4 ski lifts in permanent operation during the summer period. The courses are accessible to all.
Family or more sports, day or traveling, all forms of hiking are passable on foot, donkey, horse …
Since Briançon Serre Chevalier, the “Route des Grandes Alpes” is an open space where everyone chooses his pace and his course. It is the unique base camp from which the sportsmen, knowledgeable or neophytes, juniors or seniors can leave to discover the elements in a grandiose natural space.
Some suggestions of course around the Hotel Mont Thabor
ROCK OF THE SHADOW (1476 m) – drop of 150 m, easy course of 2h Round trip
THE CROSS OF TOULOUSE (1996 m) – drop 670 m, fairly easy course of 3h30 Round trip
ENFERNET FORT (2337 m) – altitude difference 1051m, difficult route of 6h30 Go & Back
MANY DEPARTURES OF HIKING AND WALKS ARE AROUND AND ARE ACCESSIBLE FROM BRIANÇON AND F SERRE CHEVALIER VALLEY
Paradise for white water just 100m from Hotel Mont Thabor
Several White Water sports such as Rafting and Canyoning are available at Serre Chevalier Valley.
The adventure on the water is based on the density of sport you want to practice and the nature of the boat you choose, team, duo or solo.
Some suggestions for rafting, canoeing, kayaking, dragon boat, whitewater swimming (hydrospeed)
GUISANE VALLEY / CHANTEMERLE BRIANÇON Difficulty IV – distance 8 km.
Guisane is a tributary of the Durance with which it merges immediately downstream of Briançon.
VALLEY OF THE CLARÉE Difficulty III / IV – distance 4 km.
La Clarée is a river taking ts source from Cerces massif in a wonderful landscape, authentic and wild.
THROUGH THE WATERS OF BRIANÇONNAIS RESSORT BETWEEN ALTITUDE LAKES, TUMULOUS RIVERS, DEVELOPED WATER PLANS, THE OPPORTUNITIES TO TASTE THE FRESHNESS, THE FEET IN THE WATER IS NOT MISSING.
SWIMMING AND FISHING
the Guisane River follows Serre Chevalier valley and flows into the Durance, alpine river ideal for a discovery or a small refreshment in its waters of mountain streams.
Numerous altitude lakes full of crystalline pure water, located above 1800 m. are allowed to fish during the legal period of opening: Lake of Oule, Round Lake of Cristol, the Big Lake of Monêtier, the Lake of Béraudes, the Lake of the Ponsonnière. Lake Savines.
The Biotope Lake of Parc des Colombiers in Saint Chaffrey: eco-friendly and totally innovative ecological swimming pool.
Serre Chevalier valley, paradise for motorcycle
Hotel Mont Thabor is a base camp for unforgettable bike tours. The Route des Grandes Alpes, Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, or the mythical passes such as Le Galbier, Izoard, Le Granon, La Bonette, l’Echelle.
For all Road Bike enthusiasts: discover a contrasting landscape, from small winding roads to the most famous Passes.
More than 700 km of escape on a grandiose course, between mountains, typical villages and natural parks: The Route des Grandes Alpes is an ideal playground for bikers, narrow and steep mountain-specific conditions make it a real piloting test.
The attractiveness of the Route extends well beyond borders, travelers come from all over Europe.
History, Culture and Heritage around Hotel Mont Thabor
The cultural identity of Briançon is marked by its fortifications of VAUBAN, by its architectural heritage, fountains and sundials. Guided tours immerse you in this past atmosphere. Its cultural roots are found in the artisans works , must visit to sharpen your curiosity.
Some Briançonnais Resort treasures which are just waiting to be discovered.
BRIANÇON OLD CITY
Its contains many treasures: churches, architectural elements, You can discover them in the corner of streets and by making the tour of the ramparts, you will enjoy magnificent scenery views of the surrounding valleys.
MONT THABOR NEVACHE
3178 m The sublime valley of the Clarée, a true open-air sanctuary, a paradise for hikers and hikers.
XIX centuries Villard Saint Pancrace, 200 peasant mines identified in this municipality.
SAINT JOHN BAPTIST CHAPEL
Built in 1509 contains a multitude of architectural details.
SAINT CLAUDE CHURCH
Impressive Baroque decor and splendid fresco dating from 1526.
THE HOLY CHAPEL LUCIE PUY SAINT ANDRÉ
built in 1507, has a remarkable murals decor and typical furniture.
THE LEVIS-SAINT CHAFFREY BRIDGE
The Obelisk at Montgenèvre , The Village bread Oven at Villar d’Arène
Via Ferrata and climbing close to Hotel Mont Thabor
7 Via Ferrata itineraries at the the Briançonnais valley are accessible to all levels beginner or confirmed, children or adults.
The Grand Briançonnais is the cradle of French via ferrata.
THE CROSS OF TOULOUSE easy
1962 m vertical drop 390 m, dominates the old town of Briançon.
GRIMP’IN FOREST THE SCHAPPE easy
1297 m vertical drop 67m in a bucolic setting for a special family itinerary to discover the Schappe park and the ramparts of the Vauban city.
The Bez easy
The “Salle des Alpes” 1620 m vertical drop 104 m, allows children and beginners to discover the activity.
AIGUILETTE DU LAUZET easy
2611 m vertical drop 440 m in a wild alpine setting. Huge alpine pastures and fantastic panorama on the Ecrins massif.
WHITE ROCK CHANTEMERLE difficult
2470 m altitude difference 120 m, the most sporty, direct and vertical climb with some rather impressive air passages.
Climbing walls allow you to learn about this sport safely. For neophyte or initiate, Children or Adults, learning to climb accessible to all level. Every year, Briançon Serre Chevalier organizes the World Climbing “ Mondial de l’Escalade” in July.
Walks and relaxation around hotel Mont Thabor
Every Spring awakens and with it flourish thousands of flowers, Some 160 plants have a strong heritage value: protected species (potential Dauphine, Queen of the Alps) listed in the national red book of rare or endangered species.
Do not miss the appointment of the Gardens in June that put its creators in the spotlight.
THE ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF LAUTARET
Garden created in 1899, located in the grandiose setting of the glaciers of La Meije, the Garden is home to 2 ha of more than 2100 species of perennial plants from the Alps representing a unique conservatory of the diversity of alpine flora. Guided tours are available from June to September.
THE WELLNESS RENDEZ VOUS
Serre Chevalier has a naturally warm spring water that has been flowing since the dawn of time at Monetier. You will be able to appreciate it in the Thermo-play areas of the Grands Bains. Basin of 300 m2 including one outside in a water at 37 ° where you will find something to entertain you whirlpool baths, walk basin.
Parc 1326, an aquatic and fun center. A swimming pool for the whole family: Sports swimming, swimming, balneotherapy and water games for children.
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