Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Saas-Balen - Stalden Bike closed

Starting in Saas-Balen, this varied trail follows old paths through the Saas Valley and allows you to discover this region from a different perspective.

  • Difficulty

    difficult, S3

    Difficulty : difficult
    S3 Trail blocked by large rocks, roots and high steps. Slippery surfaces with loose scree; sequences of tight hairpin turns. Gradients of more than 70% in places. Very good MTB technique required, including precise braking and excellent balance
  • Length

    11.6 km

  • Duration

    2:00 h

  • Show on map

Following the old valley trail between Saas-Balen and Stalden, the tour passes through the various hamlets of Eisten and Stalden, such as. Most of these authentic villages are not visible from the road, and mountain bikers thus get a different view of this rocky valley entrance. The view is of the Bietschorn and the Saas Valley with its mountains during the trail. In addition to numerous waterfalls, the route also passes historical landmarks such as the «Hüetegga», the birthplace of the king of mountaineering Alexander Burgener, or the almost 500-year-old “Chinegga” Bridge «, through which all mule and tourist traffic passed at the time. In Stalden, further mountain bike adventures in the region can be discovered on routes no. 41 (Valais Alpine Bike) and no. 150 (Visp - Zermatt Bike). Important information: Due to the renovations on the valley path, it is possible that individual passages will have to be slightly bypassed.

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Turn-by-turn directions

From the village square in Saas-Balen, the trail follows the river via Niedergut to the water catchment and then crosses a small bridge. The bikers then reach the western side of the valley. After the shooting range, the route zigzags down the main road and crosses it. At the ARA (STEP) junction, it descends and continues to the left of the entrance, below the gallery, to the cable car departure station, before following the old paths to the «Ze Briggeltinu» hamlet. After this, the trail leads through meadows and forests to the Ahornbach creek and then onto an asphalt mountain road down to «Zen Eisten». Shortly before reaching the main road, it turns right and follows the path to Eisten. At the hairpin bend after Eisten, the route continues straight through the last few hamlets to the «Chinegga» bridge, then follows the small village street to the Stalden-Saas railway station.

Start: Dorfplatz, Saas-Balen (1486 m)
Destination: Station Stalden-Saas, Stalden (799 m)

Author's recommendation

The Eisterstübli restaurant in Eisten is ideal for a short break on the descent.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1486 m 777 m

  • Ascent

    23 m

  • Descent

    687 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511). Get off at the "Saas-Balen, Dorf" bus stop.


Saas-Fee/Saas Valley can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, take the traffic circle at the bridge and turn south towards Saas-Fee & Zermatt. At the end of the village of Stalden at the crossroads, follow the signs to Saas-Fee. Follow the road to Saas-Balen.


Parking available on the right after the bridge in the village of Saas-Balen.


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

Use marked bike trails and routes only, ensuring you observe all signposting. Kindly close the 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 levels and abilities. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Additional information

See these routes on SwitzerlandMobility :

  • No. 167, Saas-Balen - Stalden Bike:

More information on the destination:

  • Saas-Fee/Saas Valley:

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 27 958 18 58



Get the the Valais/Wallis mountain bike & e-bike map to discover the bestroutes in the region.

The tourist offices of the holiday region Saas-Fee/Saastal can provide you with a range of informative documentsand brochures about mountain biking in the destination.


SwissTopo maps 1:25'000: 1309 Simplon +1308 St.Niklaus

Bike map Saas-Fee/Saastal