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Valais Alpine Bike 4. Grächen-Brig

This Valais Alpine Bike stage takes you along the route of the UCI 2019 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships and brings you to the enchanting Gibidum Pass and the lake of the same name.

  • Difficulty

    medium, S2

    Difficulty: medium
    S2 Many obstacles such as roots, stones and larger steps; tight corners. Certain passages may have gradients of up to 70%. Basic technique required, including controlled braking and body displacement to overcome obstacles
  • Length

    50.9 km

  • Duration

    5:00 h

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For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike route, you set off from the village of Grächen along a 4x4 road towards Gasenried. The first highlight is a magnificent descent towards Mattsand on the Mattsand Enduro route. To reach Stalden further down the valley, take the Matterhorn Valley Trail, which follows the historic path lined with drystone walls that is included in Switzerland’s Federal Inventory of Historic Transport Routes. From Stalden, the cable car takes you to Gspon in just a few minutes. From the mountain station, the magnificent Gspon Panorama Bike route passes through the forest of Sädol before reaching – with a good deal of effort – the Gibidum Pass and its bucolic lake. The alpine scenery on this high plateau offers the perfect opportunity to stop for a contemplative moment against the backdrop of the Valais Alps. At this point you enter the wilderness of the Nanztal Valley. A steep but smooth descent takes you to the Nidristi alpine pasture before a last easy, top-quality trail leads to Brig, the destination of this stage.

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Biking along bisses, culinary highlights on the alp, relaxation in the thermal baths and kilometre-long descents: during the ride along the Valais Alpine Bike, you can do several things from your Valais to-do list at once. But actually, the ride is too beautiful to simply tick it off. It's best to start again from the beginning!

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual Arrival in Crans-Montana

Enjoy the view of the highest peaks in the Valais and a walk on the high plateau of Crans-Montana.

Day 2: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad

The tour climbs relatively steadily at the beginning. The culmination is the Cabane de la Tièche, where a descent of more than 1,000 metres down to Leuk begins. Occasionally you speed past a few Alps, before the descent at Varen leads through the vineyards and vines of the Rhône valley. Once in Leuk, the bus takes you up to Leukerbad.

approx. 23 km (of which 8km single trails) / 730 m ascent / 1'580 m descent

Day 3: Leukerbad - Unterbäch

In the morning, take the cable car up to the Rinderhütte. Here, one of the most beautiful single trails in Switzerland awaits you with the Torrenttrail Bike. At Erschmatt you turn off and follow a challenging trail down into the Rhône valley. From Raron, the cable car takes you up to the next stage town of Unterbäch. If you can't get enough of Valais mountain air, you can add a few laps on the flow trail before descending to the valley.

approx. 38 km (of which 17 km single trails) / 545 m ascent / 2'195 m descent

Day 4: Unterbäch - Grächen

Take the chairlift up to Brandalp. From here, continue a steady up and down to Moosalp. Enjoy the view and take a well-deserved break. Don’t miss the legendary cream cake at the Moosalp restaurant. After that, it's time to get back in the saddle and tackle the descent to the Mattertal via the mountain village of Törbel and via the valley to Stalden. After this continue on the beautiful Matterhorn Valley Trail up through the Mattertal to St. Niklaus. From St. Niklaus, a bus will take you to Grächen, the destination of today's leg.

approx. 34 km (of which 11 km single trails) / 1'095 m ascent / 1'500 m descent

Day 5: Grächen - Brig | Departure

You follow the Mattsand Enduro Trail and the Matterhorn Valley Trail down to Kalpetran and on to Stalden on the valley floor. The cable car takes you up to Gspon and then a beautiful trail leads through the Sädol forest to the Gibidumpass. A comfortable trail leads you from the pass down to the wild Nanztal Valley. You can take a short break at Nidristi Alp before the final trail takes you to Brig.

approx. 51.5 km (of which 18 km single trails) / 690 m ascent / 2'700 m descent

Type of tour

A lot of height is conquered by cable car, but there are always challenging climbs. Some of the descents are long, and on some days, there are over 1,000 metres of descent at a time. Good basic fitness is required for this. The trails are also manageable for averagely experienced bikers and with E-MTBs.

Services:

  • 4 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Entrance to Alpentherme in Leukerbad (three hours)

  • Cable car rides as per the programme

  • Carefully detailed route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Hotline service

Not included:

  • Visitor’s tax, if payable, is not included in the tour price

  • Bus and train rides not included in the tour price (approx. CHF 40.- per person with half-fare card, incl. bike)

Option of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Crans-Montana: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

  • Brig: CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Mountain bike : CHF 209.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

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Turn-by-turn directions

Setting off from Grächen, take the Mattsand Enduro route, which provides pure adrenaline after a short climb to Gastenried and on to the village of Mattsand. Then take the Matterhorn Valley Trail until you reach Stalden lower down the valley, from where you catch the cable car to Gspon. The Gspon Panorama Bike tour starts from the mountain station and takes you through the forest nature reserve of Sädol to reach the Gibidum Pass along a fairly physically demanding alpine path. Starting from the Gibidum Pass, a wide and steep yet flowing 4x4 trail drops down into the Nantzal Valley and runs alongside the alpine pasture of Nidristi to Schratt. The route then continues in the direction of Brig on a first-class trail which – after an initial technical section – provides a fast and ideal downhill ride.

Start: Grächen (1613 m)
Destination: Brig (672 m)

Author's recommendation

After the gruelling altitude difference of the climb from Gspon, cool off in the mountain lake on the Gibidumpass amid the uniquely beautiful mountain world.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2201 m 672 m

  • Ascent

    890 m

  • Descent

    2900 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the train to Visp (SBB) then the Visp–Zermatt line (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) to St. Niklaus. Then take the postal bus to Grächen. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the St. Niklaus–Grächen line on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; follow the sign to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the sign to Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign to Sion/Sierre; Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign to Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Visp, St. Niklaus or Grächen. For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike Tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Brig or Visp and travel to Grächen by public transport (SBB train/MGB train/postal bus). Remember to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the St. Niklaus-Grächen line on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Safety information

Follow the Valais Alpine Bike route no. 41 in Mountainbiking in Switzerland. View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41.

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting.

Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Additional information

Book one of the Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven nights and enjoy some great riding days. You will be staying in bike hotels and will be provided with a daily luggage transport service; all that’s left for you to do is hit the trails! Go to www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

More information : 

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41

Literature

Get the the Valais/Wallis mountain bike map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Grächen and in Brig have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1308 St. Niklaus
  • 1289 Brig