Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Bike - Full itinerary

Set off on an alpine crossing on the new Valais Bike regional mountain bike route, which features some of the most beautiful singletrails in the Valais.

  • 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

    298.4 km

  • Duration

    25:25 h

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From Crans-Montana to Brig via the Leukerbad region, Moosalp, Grächen and the Lötschental and Val d'Anniviers valleys, ride your mountain bike along the most beautiful trails in the Valais on the new regional Valais Bike route. The route takes in the best Alpine singletrails overlooking the Rhone Valley and its side valleys. And to avoid a few difficult climbs, you can use several lifts and public transport for maximum fun. The highlights of this multi-day mountain bike tour are the discovery of the Tièche valley, the panoramic crossing from Rinderhütte to Jeizinen, the Gibidum pass and its eponymous lake, as well as the splendid trails in the Lötschental and the Val d'Anniviers, surrounded by Alpine peaks.

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Valais Bike

Ride the best singletracks in Upper Valais on Valais Bike, the new regional bike route.
From 629 CHF

Pure enjoyment on single trails in the Valais

Snow-white mountain peaks, sunny valleys and the idyllic Alps: there are countless reasons to visit Valais, but the one that attracts bikers to the south of the Alps the most is the innumerable singletrails. Starting from the thermal resort of Leukerbad, the Valais Bike takes you on promising paths down the flanks of the Rhône Valley to Gampel-Steg. From there you continue to Raron and take the cable car up to Unterbäch. Take a deep breath and brace yourself because you will climb up to the promising Moosalp the next day before following a cracking trail down to the Matter Valley. The picturesque Gibidum lake will tempt you to linger awhile, but the bike tour comes to an end shortly thereafter at the Stockalper Palace in Brig. Be it a valley or peak: this bike tour through Valais provides many good reasons for a second visit.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Leukerbad

Enjoy the view of the Valais mountains when bathing in the thermal bath at Alpentherme. 

Day 2: Leukerbad – Unterbäch

In the morning, you will take the cable car up to Rinderhütte, where the Torrent Trail Bike, one of the most beautiful singletrails in Switzerland, awaits you. Make a turn at Erschmatt and descend into the Rhône Valley. From Raron, the cable car takes you up to the next stage destination, i.e., Unterbäch. If you want to enjoy theValais mountain sun a bit longer, you can add a few more laps to the Flowtrail Leukerbad at the top of the first gondola in Rinderhütte before heading towards Untere Feselalp on a balcony trail.

Details: approx. 37,8 km (Singletrails: 17 km) / 545 m ascent / 2'194 m descent

Day 3: Unterbäch – Grächen

A chairlift takes you up to Brandalp. From here you have to cycle uphill to reach Moosalp. Take a well-earned lunch break at the Moosalp restaurant. It’s now time to get back in the saddle and tackle the descent into the Mattertal valley and the route along the valley floor to Stalden. Then 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 stage.

Details: approx. 33,9 km (Singletrails: 11 km) / 1'096 m ascent / 1'500 m descent

Day 4: Grächen – Brig | Departure

For this stage of the Valais 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. 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.

Details: approx. 51,4 km (Singletrails: 18 km) / 690 m ascent / 2'700 m descent

Tour characteristics

Large part of the altitude gain is covered by cable car. The descents are long at times – basic fitness is necessary. Averagely trained bikers can also cope well with the trails. The itinerary can be achieved with a E-MTB (e-bike). The Valais Bike is under development and signposts have not been put up everywhere yet. You will need to navigate as you go using the SwitzerlandMobility app.

What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays incl. breakfast in mid-range hotels (mostly certified bike hotels)

  • Daily luggage transfer

  • Cost for luggage handover in Brig

  • Entry at thermal baths Alpentherme in Leukerbad (3 hours)

  • Cable car rides as per the programme

  • Perfectly planned route navigation

  • Comprehensive travel documentation (1x set per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included:

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

  • Bus ticket St-Niklaus - Grächen not included in the tour price

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

  • Leukerbad: CHF 105.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

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

  • Mountain bike: CHF 189.-

  • E-MTB: CHF 245.-

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

From Crans-Montana, discover the Tièche valley, before descending through a pine forest to the village of Varen. A bus takes you to Leukerbad, from where you leave the next day for the Rinderhütte mountain station. Take the Torrenttrail Bike and ride through the villages of Erschmatt and Niedergampel to the plain. Cross the Rhone Valley and take the cable car from Raron to Unterbäch. The next day, take the Brandalp chairlift and cycle to the Moosalp Pass along part of the Moosalp Plateau Bike. Dive into the Mattertal and reach St. Niklaus on the Matterhorn Valley Trail, from where the post bus to Grächen awaits you. On the next day, enjoy a superb descent via the Mattsand Enduro route. Reach Stalden and take the cable car to the Gspon heights. Follow the Gspon Panorama Bike to the Gibidum Pass before plunging into the Nantzal valley to Brig. The next day, you reach the Lötschental by panorama train and then by bus. From the top of the Lauchernalp cable car, follow the Bietschhorn Bike to Faldumalp, then through various villages to Sierre. Return to St-Luc by bus and finish your mountain bike tour by exploring the Val d'Anniviers. After a funicular ride up to Tignousa, follow the Chemin des Planètes, cross the Lâche forest, descend to Mottec and return to Zinal. Finally, from the top of the Sorebois cable car, descend towards the Moiry lake before reaching the village of Grimentz.

The stages of Valais Bike:

Start: Montana Gare (1472 m)
Destination: Grimentz (1586 m)

Author's recommendation

Try the Best of Valais with a guide offer and enjoy a day of mountain biking accompanied by a certified guide to discover other facets of the Valais.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2856 m 522 m

  • Ascent

    5570 m

  • Descent

    13610 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 Sierre/Siders (SBB) and then the funicular SMC (Sierre-Crans-Montana) directly to Crans-Montana (Montana Gare).

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow the signs for Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway towards Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.

Parking

P+Rail Sierre: Place de la Gare 6, 3960 Sierre

Parking train station Sierre: Route de la Mondérêche 5, 3960 Sierre.

If you are doing the Valais Bike from Crans-Montana to Grimentz (6 stages), we recommend that you park your car in Sierre and take the funicular to Montana (SMC Sierre-Montana).

Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the bus lines along the Valais Bike route 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

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. The Valais Bike route is still under development and is not yet signposted throughout. 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

Literature

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

The tourist offices along the Valais Bike route can provide you with brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1287 Sierre
  • 2527 Lötschental
  • 1288 Raron
  • 1308 St. Niklaus
  • 1289 Brig