The passion for travelling
The story of the first Haute Routes by e-bike
What’s the link between e-Alps and Mongolia?
It was their passion for bikepacking that united Adrià and Maxence in the first place and led to their first adventure across the Mongolian Steppes. During four weeks of sharing a small tent, riding through all kinds of conditions and discovering the local cuisine, the e-Alps seed was planted.
How about a trip across the Alps?
Would it be possible to create a business and offer similar kinds of trips across the Alps?
Once back from Mongolia, the seed continued to grow, and the idea of allowing people to discover the rich landscapes and culture of the Alps developed.
Next step: figure out what kind of bikes to use, and work on the concept of the trips!
The first Haute Route on an e-bike
Adrià and Maxence spent the Autumn hiking Alpine peaks. At the same time, they discovered a love for e-bikes, and began exploring the endless possibilities of exploring mountains on them.
The project started to come together. The aim was to bring together the spirit of the mountains and the love for travel with the epic backdrop of the Alps. The concept of the Haute Route seemed to fit the brief perfectly: trekking through the Alps (from point A to point B), passing through the highest possible points.
Chamonix - Zermatt is the traditional Haute Route, both on foot and skis. Could we be the first to adapt the trip for e-bikes?
And so, e-MTBSWISSALPS (yeah, that’s the original name …) was born!
Two New Zealand employees!
The first two pearls found to support us are...New Zealanders! Brooke and Amanda, an extraordinary couple who will mark the first season of e-mtbswissalps with their smile, energy and professionalism. Extraordinary people who have quickly become friends.
Creation of the "The Short Haute Route" and the "Family & Friends Haute Route"
In order to meet the needs of the first customers, e-mtbswissalps quickly shows an agile approach in the development of the company.
A shorter Haute Route, Verbier-Zermatt, is created as well as a public Haute Route "The Family & Friends Haute Route" from Vercorin to Zermatt. Experiences that will be a hit from the very first season!
Looking into new Haute-Route ideas
Clients seem to love our Haute-Route concept, so e-Alps (we finally got rid of the e-mtbswissalps name) starts looking into Haute-Route ideas in different regions.
The “Glacier Haute-Route” is born, going from the Plaine Morte glacier towards the Aletsch glacier. This route goes away from the beaten track and boasts some exceptional single trails.
Creation of the "e-Alps on Tour"
To react to the Coronavirus pandemic, e-Alps decides to launch a one-day operation to seduce local customers. The "e-Alps on Tour" is launched and will make the Swiss public discover the different partner regions. More than 500 people will participate to this operation to boost tourism!
Creation of the “3 Country Haute-Route”
To satisfy frequent requests from our customers, e-Alps decides to revisit the Tour of the Mont-Blanc adapted to an e-bike format. The route created is exceptional and takes you off the beaten track, but the level of technical difficulty is not to be underestimated. The “3 Country Haute-Route” is still one of the most demanding trips offered by e-Alps.
E-Alps joins forces with the Grison tourist board!
For the first time, e-Alps is offered the chance to work with a tourist board to develop yet more trips. The canton of Grisons is considered as the Mecca of mountain biking, and e-Alps is excited to work on the Alpine Circle project to offer two new trips that are open to all. The “Alpine Circle Routes - Vest & Ost” see the day.
Creation of the Grisons Haute-Route
Having been inspired by the enormous potential that the Grison Alps offers, e-Alps decides to create a new Haute-Route between Lenzerheide and St-Moritz. With over 5 mountain passes at 2300 metres altitude, the Grisons Haute-Route is the most “alpine” adventure that we’ve offered so far.