Mountain bike tours

Glacier Bike Tour 10. Visp - Zermatt

Visp

From vineyards to snow-covered peaks, from the heart of the Valais to the foot of the Matterhorn, this final stage between Visp and Zermatt has a 1,400-metre climb ensuring a finish on a high note.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Length

37.65 km

Duration

3:21 h

Description

On this final leg of the Glacier Bike Tour (GBT), the terraced vineyards gradually give way to a more mountainous backdrop. Departing from Visp, you’ll pass through the villages of Stalden and Kalpetran, following an old mule track along historic dry-stone walls, before continuing on to St Niklaus. From here, follow the railway line and the Vispa, past thundering waterfalls and the imposing Bishorn glacier tongue on the eastern side of the Weisshorn massif. Straight ahead, you’ll be able to admire the Klein Matterhorn and the gleaming ridge of the Breithorn, one of the region's many 4,000 m peaks. From Täsch onwards, the forest path turns into a tough mountain bike trail, which you can avoid by branching off prematurely onto the road where the last stretch before the finish takes place. On the final stretch, the majestic Matterhorn finally appears, that 4,478 m high rock pyramid with its striking triangular shape: a magical moment.

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Turn-by-turn directions

On the way to the Zermatt valley, the Rhône is replaced by the Vispa, and you’ll follow mountain bike route no. 150 Visp-Zermatt following the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn line, until you arrive in Zermatt. As you depart from Visp, you’ll leave the vineyards and head for the village of Stalden on the other side of the valley, continuing towards Kalpetran along an old mule track with dry-stone walls. Shortly afterwards, you’ll return to the road as far as St Niklaus, then continue along the railway line and the Vispa to Randa with its meadows and pastures. From Täsch onwards, the forest path turns into a tough mountain bike trail, which you can avoid by branching off onto the road, and the last stretch before the finish takes place on a road with very little traffic, as Zermatt is a car-free village. Once you've completed all ten legs of the Glacier Bike Tour, the first thing you'll want to do is have a drink and celebrate!

Start

Ulrichen (1,346 m) (648m)

Destination

Visp (658m) (1605m)

Author's recommendation

Don’t miss a chance to relax, swim or waterski on the Schalisee lake in Täsch, not to mention the pumptrack and skill center at the Bike Zone Schali.

Technical information

Altitude

1346m

658m

Ascent

+1150m

Descent

-190m

Technique

Stamina

Experience

Landscape

Best time of the year

  • Jan
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  • Dec

Tags

  • Linear route
  • Singletrail/Free ride
  • Multi-stage route
  • Scenic
  • Geological highlights
  • Fauna
  • Insider tip
  • Summit route
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Family-friendly
  • Cultural/historical interest
  • Flora
Getting there
Information

Public transport

Visp(Viège) is accessible by train. 

Approach

From Bern, drive to Kandersteg and use the car transport (piggyback) to Goppenstein, then continue in the direction of Visp (Visp).

From Geneva/Lausanne, take the A9 freeway to Sierre-Est, then continue in the direction of Brig to Visp (Visp).

Parking

Follow the car-park signs in Visp.

Equipment

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

 

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. The Glacier Bike Tour route is under development and is not signposted. While on the route, you can find your way using the Outdoor Active app.

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 Glacier Bike Tour holiday offers! Choose between eleven, seven or three 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 the offer.

 

 

See the full itinerary: 

Glacier Bike Tour

 

More information about the destination:

Obergoms

Literature

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

The tourist offices in Münster, Oberwald, Reckingen, Visp and Zermatt have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000:

274 Visp

1348 Zermatt

Source

This activity is brought to you by Valais/Wallis Promotion