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Turtmanntal - Scenic & side valleys

In just a few kilometres, leave the Rhone valley behind and enter wild, unspoilt countryside.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    18.5 km

  • Duration

    2:20 h

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Village of Gruben in Turtmanntal - Valais

The Turtmanntal is a valley worth discovering! Using your own pedal power, you’ll leave the flatlands behind and quickly reach the villages of Unterems and Oberems. The second part of the climb will see you tackle less steep gradients on the mountain side. But be patient, the valley is not yet in sight. After 15 kilometres of climbing, you’ll ultimately be rewarded with a wild and unspoilt alpine setting.

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The most beautiful routes of the Swiss Alps

Impressive stone dams, breath-taking rides through passes and idyllic Valais villages – surrounded by the most beautiful and highest mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps, cycling dreams come true in Wallis. Starting from Leuk, discover the Pfyn-Finges nature park and the wonderful Moosalp. One highlight follows another in Valais.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Leuk | Round tour into the Turtmann Valley

First leisurely along the Rhone until the roofs of Sierre come into view. Now it becomes sporty. You cycle through the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park up to Oberems and then follow the long Turtmann Valley. Afterwards, you will descend again in a relaxed manner into the Rhone valley, before a final ascent to Leuk completes today's tour.

approx. 85 km / 2'105 m ascent / 2'105 m descent

Day 2: Leuk – Moosalp – Brig

The ride from Leuk to Brig could be very easy – but it is not. You soon leave the Rhone cycling path, to climb up the serpentine road to Moosalp. Enjoy the view and take deep breaths at the top: the descent to Stalden is going to rob your breath soon. You then pass saffron-growing village of Mund to reach Brig.

approx. 65 km / 1'545 m ascent / 1'610 m descent

Day 3: Round tour of the Gibidum reservoir

You can rest your tired legs some today. A ride brings you high up to the Gibidum reservoir. The imposing stoned dam is at the foot of the Aletsch glacier directly above the Massa gorge.

approx. 25 km / 830 m ascent / 830 m descent

Day 4: Departure or individual extension

Tour characteristic

A unique scenery awaits you in Valais. Surrounded by the highest peaks of the Alps, you will visit some of the most famous valleys and passes of Switzerland. You will ride on asphalt roads throughout your journey. Some traffic must be taken into account near town and city centers.

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What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Carefully elaborated route description

  • Detailed travel documentations (1 x per room)

  • GPS-data available

  • Service hotline

Not included :

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price

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

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

Possibility of road bike hire - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Road bike: CHF 249.-

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%

Availability

Once your booking is complete, we will check the availability of the chosen accommodation. A final confirmation will then be sent to you by email. If the service is no longer available on the date you have chosen, you will either be able to choose another date or you will receive a full refund.

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Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving the village of Turtmann, several hairpin bends bring you to a junction where the road splits and heads off towards either the Turtmanntal valley or the plateau of Eischoll/Bürchen. Taking the road to the right, you’ll pass through the villages of Unterems and Oberems. If necessary, take the cable car and spare yourself the effort of this part of the ascent; from here the valley opens out and the gradient becomes more gentle as you peddle towards the end of the tarmac road. What’s more, this untamed countryside can be explored on foot, by mountain bike or, in winter, on ski skins.

Start: Turtmann (626 m)
Destination: Gruben (1821 m)

Author's recommendation

The cable car can take you up to the village of Oberems, thus considerably shortening this part of the climb.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1822 m 627 m

  • Ascent

    1195 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the regional trains on the Simplon line to Turtmann. 

Approach

Coming from Sierre or Visp, take the cantonal street number 9 to Turtmann. 

Parking

Parking possibilities at the train station and in the centre of Turtmann. Follow the local car park routeing. 

Equipment

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

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Additional information

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Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1288 Raron / 1308 St. Niklaus