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Valais Alpine Bike - Full itinerary

Set off on an alpine crossing on the new Valais Alpine 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

    316.7 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 Alpine 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 Alpine Bike - Option Crans-Montana - Brig

On this bike tour, great biking fun awaits you on the mountain pastures with culinary highlights, re...
From 785 CHF

Biking along bisses, culinary highlights on the alp, relaxation in the thermal baths and kilometre-long descents: during the ride along the Valais Alpine Bike, you can do several things from your Valais to-do list at once. But actually, the ride is too beautiful to simply tick it off. It's best to start again from the beginning!

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual Arrival in Crans-Montana

Enjoy the view of the highest peaks in the Valais and a walk on the high plateau of Crans-Montana.

Day 2: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad

The tour climbs relatively steadily at the beginning. The culmination is the Cabane de la Tièche, where a descent of more than 1,000 metres down to Leuk begins. Occasionally you speed past a few Alps, before the descent at Varen leads through the vineyards and vines of the Rhône valley. Once in Leuk, the bus takes you up to Leukerbad.

approx. 23 km (of which 8km single trails) / 730 m ascent / 1'580 m descent

Day 3: Leukerbad - Unterbäch

In the morning, take the cable car up to the Rinderhütte. Here, one of the most beautiful single trails in Switzerland awaits you with the Torrenttrail Bike. At Erschmatt you turn off and follow a challenging trail down into the Rhône valley. From Raron, the cable car takes you up to the next stage town of Unterbäch. If you can't get enough of Valais mountain air, you can add a few laps on the flow trail before descending to the valley.

approx. 38 km (of which 17 km single trails) / 545 m ascent / 2'195 m descent

Day 4: Unterbäch - Grächen

Take the chairlift up to Brandalp. From here, continue a steady up and down to Moosalp. Enjoy the view and take a well-deserved break. Don’t miss the legendary cream cake at the Moosalp restaurant. After that, it's time to get back in the saddle and tackle the descent to the Mattertal via the mountain village of Törbel and via the valley to Stalden. After this 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 leg.

approx. 34 km (of which 11 km single trails) / 1'095 m ascent / 1'500 m descent

Day 5: Grächen - Brig | Departure

You follow the Mattsand Enduro Trail and the Matterhorn Valley Trail down to Kalpetran and on to Stalden on the valley floor. The cable car takes you up to Gspon and then a beautiful trail leads through the Sädol forest to the Gibidumpass. A comfortable trail leads you from the pass down to the wild Nanztal Valley. You can take a short break at Nidristi Alp before the final trail takes you to Brig.

approx. 51.5 km (of which 18 km single trails) / 690 m ascent / 2'700 m descent

Type of tour

A lot of height is conquered by cable car, but there are always challenging climbs. Some of the descents are long, and on some days, there are over 1,000 metres of descent at a time. Good basic fitness is required for this. The trails are also manageable for averagely experienced bikers and with E-MTBs.

Services:

  • 4 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Entrance to Alpentherme in Leukerbad (three hours)

  • Cable car rides as per the programme

  • Carefully detailed route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Hotline service

Not included:

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

  • Bus and train rides not included in the tour price (approx. CHF 40.- per person with half-fare card, incl. bike)

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

  • Crans-Montana: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Mountain bike : CHF 209.-

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%

Valais Alpine Bike

Snow-white mountain peaks, sunny valleys and the idyllic Alps: there are countless reasons to visit...
From 1259 CHF

Pure pleasure on Valais single trails

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 single trails. Starting from the thermal resort of Leukerbad, the Valais Bike takes you on wonderful trails 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 the next day you’ll climb up to the imposing Moosalp before following a fast 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: Individual arrival in Crans-Montana

Enjoy the view of the highest peaks in the Valais and a walk on the high plateau of Crans-Montana.

Day 2: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad

The tour climbs relatively steadily at the beginning. The culmination is the Cabane de la Tièche, where a descent of more than 1,000 metres down to Leuk begins. Occasionally you speed past a few Alps, before the descent at Varen leads through the vineyards and vines of the Rhône valley. Once in Leuk, the bus takes you up to Leukerbad.

Details: approx. 23 km (of which 8 km single trails), 730 m ascent, 1,580 m descent

Day 3: Leukerbad – Unterbäch

In the morning, take the cable car up to the Rinderhütte. Here, one of the most beautiful single trails in Switzerland awaits you with the Torrenttrail Bike. At Erschmatt you turn off and follow a challenging trail down into the Rhône valley. From Raron, the cable car takes you up to the next stage town of Unterbäch. If you can't get enough of Valais mountain air, you can add a few laps on the flow trail before descending to the valley.

Details: approx. 33 km (of which 15 km single trails), 530 m ascent, 2,230 m descent

Day 4: Unterbäch – Grächen

Take the chairlift up to Brandalp. From here, continue a steady up and down to Moosalp. Enjoy the view and take a well-deserved break. Don’t miss the legendary cream cake at the Moosalp restaurant. After that, it's time to get back in the saddle and tackle the descent to the Mattertal via the mountain village of Törbel and via the valley to Stalden. After this 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 leg.

Details: approx. 32.5 km (of which 11 km single trail), 1,170 m ascent, 1,655 m descent

Day 5: Grächen – Brig

Follow the Mattsand Enduro Trail and the Matterhorn Valley Trail down to Kalpetran and on to Stalden in the valley. The cable car takes you up to Gspon and after which a beautiful trail leads through the Sädol forest to the Gibidumpass. From here, a leisurely trail leads you down into the wild Nanztal valley. At Alp Nidristi you can take a short break before the final trail leads you to the trip’s end destination in Brig. Individual departures after arriving in Brig.

Details: approx. 51 km (of which 18 km single trail), 890 m ascent, 2,900 m descent

Day 6: Brig – Blatten

Head to Wiler in the Lötschental by bus and train via Goppenstein. If you want to take it easy, take the cable car up to Lauchernalp or if you have enough strength in your legs, you can climb up a winding road to Hockenalp. The ride high above the Lötschental with a view of the Langgletscher glacier is marvelous, and the descent down to the valley makes you simply want more.

Details: approx. 16 km (of which 6 km single trail), 930 m ascent, 790 m descent

Day 7: Blatten – St-Luc

More Lötschental on the programme today. First a leisurely walk along the valley floor, then up to Lauchernalp by cable car. After the tough climb the day before, you have now almost overcome the biggest difference in altitude. The descent leads out of the Lötschental in constant ups and downs with magnificent views of the snow-covered Valais peaks. The descent begins from Alp Meiggu, leading down into the Rhône valley with occasional counter ascents up to small hamlets. From Sierre, it’s a bus ride to St. Luc.

Details: approx. 46 km (of which : 20 km single trail), 1,315 m ascent, 2,905 m descent

Day 8: St- Luc – Grimentz | Departure

Take the funicular up to Tignousa. From here you head high above the Val d'Anniviers to Zinal with a real highlight at the end of the tour. The cable car takes you up almost 2,700 metres to Sorebois and from here it's all downhill, past the Lac de Moiry reservoir to the small mountain village of Grimentz. After arriving in Grimentz, it’s a bus ride to Sierre, luggage pick-up and departure.

Details: approx. 29 km (of which 15 km single trail), 890 m ascent, 2,500 m descent

Type of tour

A lot of height is conquered by cable car, but there are always challenging climbs. Some of the descents are long, and on some days, there are over 1,000 metres of descent at a time. Good basic fitness is required for this. The trails are also manageable for averagely experienced bikers and with E-MTBs.

Services:

  • 7 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Entrance to Alpentherme in Leukerbad (three hours)

  • Cable car rides as per the programme

  • Carefully detailed route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Hotline service

Not included:

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

  • Optional cable car ride to Lauchernalp (CHF 12 per person with half-fare card, incl. bike).

  • Bus and train rides not included in the tour price (approx. CHF 40.- per person with half-fare card, incl. bike)

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

  • Crans-Montana: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Mountain bike: CHF 269.-

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%

Valais Alpine Bike - Option Brig - Grimentz

Experience a varied mountain bike tour from Brig to the Lötschtal and on to Sierre and the Val d'Ann...
From 549 CHF

Lötschental & Val d'Anniviers

A stone's throw from the bustling centre of the canton of Valais, the largely unspoilt Lötschental awaits you. Here you fight your way up along narrow roads, but the effort is well worth it, because once you reach the top, fantastic panoramas await you. The ride back to civilisation takes you first along lonely trails before you return through vineyards to lively Sierre. Too much hustle and bustle? Then the lonely Val d'Anniviers is just right. To get in the mood, a trail along the valley flank, as the main course a detour to the barrier lake Lac de Moiry and finally, a ride down to Grimentz. The two valleys will inspire you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Brig

Day 2: Brig - Blatten

Head to Wiler in the Lötschental by bus and train via Goppenstein. If you want to take it easy, take the cable car up to Lauchernalp or if you have enough strength in your legs, you can climb up a winding road to Hockenalp. The ride high above the Lötschental with a view of the Langgletscher glacier is marvelous, and the descent down to the valley makes you simply want more.

Details: approx. 16 km (of which 6 km single trail), 930 m ascent, 790 m descent

Day 3: Blatten - St-Luc

More Lötschental on the programme today. First a leisurely walk along the valley floor, then up to Lauchernalp by cable car. After the tough climb the day before, you have now almost overcome the biggest difference in altitude. The descent leads out of the Lötschental in constant ups and downs with magnificent views of the snow-covered Valais peaks. The descent begins from Alp Meiggu, leading down into the Rhône valley with occasional counter ascents up to small hamlets. From Sierre, it’s a bus ride to St. Luc.

Details: approx. 46 km (of which : 20 km single trail), 1,315 m ascent, 2,905 m descent

Tag 4: St-Luc - Grimentz | Departure

Take the funicular up to Tignousa. From here you head high above the Val d'Anniviers to Zinal with a real highlight at the end of the tour. The cable car takes you up almost 2,700 metres to Sorebois and from here it's all downhill, past the Lac de Moiry reservoir to the small mountain village of Grimentz. After arriving in Grimentz, it’s a bus ride to Sierre, luggage pick-up and departure.

Details: approx. 29 km (of which 15 km single trail), 890 m ascent, 2,500 m descent

Type of tour

A lot of height is conquered by cable car, but there are always challenging climbs. Some of the descents are long, and on some days, there are over 1,000 metres of descent at a time. Good basic fitness is required for this. The trails are also manageable for averagely experienced bikers and with E-MTBs.

Services:

  • 3 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Cable car rides as per the programme

  • Carefully detailed route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Hotline service

Not included:

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

  • Optional cable car ride to Lauchernalp (CHF 12 per person with half-fare card, incl. bike).

  • Bus and train rides not included in the tour price (approx. CHF 40.- per person with half-fare card, incl. bike)

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

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Mountain bike : CHF 189.-

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%

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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. After a mountain bike ascent to Lauchernalp, continue uphill and then head down towards the village of Blatten (Lötschen) where this leg ends. For the second day in the Lötschental, 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 Alpine Bike:

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41

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

Author's recommendation

Book one of the Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven 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 www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

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 Alpine Bike from Crans-Montana to Grimentz (7 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 Alpine 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

Follow the Valais Alpine Bike route no. 41 in Mountainbiking in Switzerland. View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41.

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting.

In July 2022, the entire route of the Valais Alpine Bike will be signposted with the No. 41 sign.

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 Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven 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 www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

The stages of Valais Alpine Bike:

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41

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