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This is a possible alternate northern section for the Route des Grandes Alpes -- see report + discussion.

from Chamonix over Col des Montets to the Swiss border

Aiguille Verte mountain seen from Col des Montets

quiet valley thru Vallorcine to the Switzerland border . . . much with a creek alongside the road

path down Gorges du Trient

looking down the gorge . . . also to a small mountain on its other side,
seen from the paved road into Finhaut village

from the top of Finhaut village, southeast to the snow of the Trient glacier

the unpaved trail to Salvan starts from Finhaut village . . . then lower down it goes alongside railroad tracks

the trail reaches a paved road, which goes thru some villages

then the road gets wider and switchbacks down a steep slope to the main valley of the river Rhone

finally the paved road turns south toward Martigny

road over Col de la Forclaz

The other way between the France-Switzerland border is all on a paved road.

I rode this section starting from Martigny, and my slow climbing up the road allowed me lots of time to look at big views like that above.

Trient, Switzerland - (once I skied down into this village after climbing from France)

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