The GTJ (Grande Traversée du Jura) allows you to discover all the facets of the French Jura massif along its 415 km. The relief is certainly gentler than in the Alps, but don't be mistaken! Alternating the differences in altitude, this itinerary still presents many technical passages and sometimes long climbs. But it is also the promise of beautiful descents!
The proposed itinerary concerns the southern part of the GTJ over 240 km from Morteau in the Doubs to Culoz in the Ain, passing through the Mont d'Or and the Grand Colombier. Along the GTJ the route is never monotonous. You will go up and down (an expression that takes on its full meaning in the Haut Jura!) alternating passages through pastures, peat bogs, undergrowth and deep spruce forests. You will discover picturesque villages surrounded by their green settings, peaceful natural lakes of glacial origin, and grandiose panoramas. In the evening, at the stopover, regional dishes based on renowned regional products (Comté, Morbier, Mont d'Or, Morteau sausage, etc.) will be served to recharge your batteries.
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We take a moment to distribute the mountain bikes and explain how they work explain how they work, do a few test rides and off we go for a week of exploring the for a week of exploring the Jura mountains. This will allow us to admire the castle of Joux superbly erected on a rocky outcrop. We will cross the village of Métabief where the world mountain bike championships took place in 1993. The route will take us to the summit of the Mont d'Or (1461m) through the Morond, which offers us a superb view of the Swiss Alps. Swiss Alps. We will then head towards Mouthe (the coldest village in France coldest village in France: -41° in 1985) through the Mont d'Or through the Mont d'Or massif in the middle of spruce forests to find our gîte in the middle of the forest. Night in a comfortable gîte
This second stage will take us along forests and pastures. We admire the impressive ski jumping hill of Chaux Neuve before arriving in the ski jumping hill of Chaux Neuve before arriving in the Jura department of Foncine Le Haut. Forest tracks through the Mont Noir then lead us easily to the picturesque village of Chapelle village of Chapelle des Bois. Then we head for the lakes of Les Mortes and Bellefontaine and the village of the same name. Then comes the climb and the crossing of the majestic Risoux forest massif, which is on a very rolling "white road" before arriving at the the arrival at the resort of Les Rousses and its lake. With this day you will taste the Jura pure sugar! Night in a comfortable gîte
On the programme for this third day, high combes, meadows and always its sumptuous forests. We then move on on the territory of the Hautes Combes with a very varied relief punctuated with views of the Monts Jura and the Crêt de Chalam in the line of sight. Chalam. We won't miss a break at the "borne au Lion, a place full of history and offering a magnificent panorama of the of the Jura mountain range. We then enter the department of We then enter the Ain department and slowly reach our gîte for the night. Night in a comfortable gîte
We leave the Haut Jura for the Haut Bugey by crossing the of Nantua to St Germain de Joux. We start with a descent before We start with a descent before going up to the village of Le Poizat by road. We then continue to climb gradually, alternating between tracks and forest forest roads until we reach the Cuvery pass which marks the entrance to the the Retord plateau. We walk along this almost deserted plateau with sometimes with a view of the Alps at the bend in the wood. We finally reach crêt du Nu, the highest point of the plateau at 1351m before heading towards to Les Plans d'Hotonne, a cross-country skiing area. Night in a comfortable gîte
Les Plans d'Hotonne - Culoz Last day of our raid and we finish in beauty! It is a wild stage without any village crossed. Our first objective objective is the Chartreuse d'Arvières, a place full of serenity and of serenity and calm. We then set off to climb the Grand Colombier. Culminating at 1524m, it is the last high summit in the south of the Jura mountains and is also the highest point of our tour. From the summit, a 360° view on the Alps, the Rhône, the lake of Bourget and the Bugey. Then, 14km of descent await us 2.5 km on the road, then a path through the mountain pastures to reach the to the Fenestrez lookout and continue in the direction of Culoz Culoz on the banks of the Rhône Night in a comfortable gîte
FURTHER TRAINING = Services focused on learning and riding techniques. In a course format with half-day teaching modules or in a stay format with often a half-day of improvement (depending on level) in the morning and hiking in the afternoon to enjoy the mountain. Mainly in the Guillestrois Queyras
DISCOVERY = Easy to moderate level tours that encourage contemplation and explanations of the natural and cultural heritage, where the difference in altitude is moderate, the risk of falling and the technical requirements are low. In star or itinerant form, in France or in the Italian Piedmont
ALL MOUNTAIN = Mountain oriented trips where the pleasure of pedalling and climbing takes on its full dimension. For those who already have a minimum of technical knowledge in both climbing and descending, who obviously like the adrenalin and technicality of single descents but who are more interested in contemplating the high altitude landscapes rather than accumulating descents at all costs
ENDURO = Still in the high mountains on shared or dedicated routes, with a clear focus on descent rather than contemplation. We still pedal but this time we increase the ratio with a morning shuttle to reach between 1200 to 1500m of D+ and 2500m of D-. Protective gear is highly recommended and respect for other mountain users is mandatory.
SHUTTLE ENDURO = Clearly for downhillers who are looking for adrenaline and the technicality of the descent on trails dedicated to this practice as much as possible. The ratio is increased here with logistical support throughout the day to reach 1000m of D+ on the way up and 3000m of D-. Protection is strongly recommended and respect for other mountain users is mandatory.