A Valais Bike adventure in the Upper Valais
Nancy, Pauline and Laura are experienced mountain bikers who have heard about the new Valais Bike regional route which gives pride of place to the most beautiful single trails in the Upper Valais. Off they go for four days of fun between Leukerbad, Unterbäch, Moosalp and Grächen with dream trails, a flat tyre, sun and a huge amount of pleasure! Even better, no need to pack toiletry bags for the trip in their backpacks - a luggage transport service is organized enabling them to travel light.
Having barely arrived in Leukerbad, the girls enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the thermal waters of the Alpentherme. They’d better be in shape before starting their mountain bike adventure covering than 120 km of trails, including 46 km of single trails. A good night's sleep in Leukerbad and off we go!
After a gondola ride to 2,400 m, it’s time for some adventure on the Torrentrail Bike. For Nancy, this is surely the "most beautiful panoramic trail in Valais" – until she gets a flat tyre on the long, rocky descent to Gampel. Fortunately, thanks to their equipment and their mechanical skills, the tyre change is done easily. In the middle of the Nivenalp alp, surprise! A fountain filled with drinks (with a piggy bank for leaving payment) awaits them for a well-deserved refreshment. At the end of the day, a final gondola ride takes them to Unterbäch for a restful night.
The day begins with a chairlift ride, before saddling up for the day’s effort: the climb to the Moosalp Pass with a well-deserved slice of Cremeschnitte once they reach the top, the Moosalp Restaurant specialty. A real treat! Especially as the girls need to get their strength back before the long descent to Stalden and the climb up the valley to St. Niklaus. Here, a very helpful bus driver, whose dialect is incomprehensible to our sportswomen, helps them load their bikes onto the post bus to Grächen, where they’ll spend the night.
Last day! A few purchases at the village bakery (what would a day be without Valais rye bread?) and they attack with the Mattsand Enduro Trail, a beautiful descent, before taking the gondola from Stalden to Gspon and 1,000 m of difference in altitude in a few minutes! A final climb takes them, not without effort, to the Gibidum pass, where they enjoy their picnic by the lake in a dream setting. Back in the saddle for a descent into the Nanztal, a wild valley with just a few chalets in the middle of the omnipresent vegetation, and a last trail before arriving in Brig, their final destination. In total, they will have covered more than 2,300 m of uphill climb and nearly 6,400 meters of downhill, the use of the ski lifts having reduced the amount of climbing effort required. At the finish line, an ice cream worthy of an Italian "gelateria" provides a fitting end to their adventure. Who says you had to go far to experience intense moments?