Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Alpine Bike 6. Blatten (Lötschen) - St-Luc

This stage takes you to the magical Lötschental valley, before returning to the town of Sierre via the sunny, wine-growing slopes of the Rhône valley.

  • 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

    47.1 km

  • Duration

    5:30 h

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Start this leg by cycling to Wiler and taking the cable car which will get you to Lauchernalp in a few minutes. Get your calves going with the first ascent to Lauchernalp and enjoy the view of the Bietschhorn, before starting the fun part of the day with the Bietschhorn Bike, a newly developed trail for mountain bikers, which offers a “flowy” ride through the Lötschental Alps to Faldumalp. Head up to Oberi Meiggu and continue with a descent through the forest to Jeizinen. You’ll pass through various villages before reaching the town of Leuk with its imposing town hall and castle. Along the sunny slopes of the Rhone Valley, you will reach the wine-growing villages of Varen and Salgesch before ending your excursion in Sierre. The post bus will take you to the stopover village of St-Luc in the Val d'Anniviers.

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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 a double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40

  • Grimentz: CHF 89 (per person in a 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%

Your accommodation in a click

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Turn-by-turn directions

Ride your mountain bike to the start of the Wiler cable car. Your route starts at the top of the Lauchernalp gondola, where you will take the Bietschhorn Bike trail, which has recently been developed for mountain biking. After the first ascent to Lauchernalp, cross the alpine meadows in the direction of Hockenalp, Kummenalp and Restialp, where you can take a break at one of the refreshment bars. The path continues to Faldumalp, where the wooden "Maria zum Schnee" chapel is located. From here, head up to the Oberi Meiggu mountain pasture and then down through the forest to the village of Jeizinen, where a short stretch on a tarred road takes you to the village of Engersch. Take the new official mountain bike route to Erschmatt, followed by a short climb on a winding road back to the villages of Feschel/Guttet, from where a new descent to Leuk begins, passing close to its famous antennae. Continue along the hillside to the villages of Varen and Salgesch, before returning to Sierre. At the end of the day, take the post bus from Sierre to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve your seat.

Start: Blatten (Lötschen) (1541 m)
Destination: St-Luc (526 m)

Author's recommendation

Don't miss the Alpine village of Erschmatt with its rye museum, along with the historic town of Loèche.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2253 m 524 m

  • Ascent

    1315 m

  • Descent

    2905 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 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 Brig (SBB) then the RegioExpress Lötschberger to Goppenstein, followed by the post bus to Wiler. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Goppenstein-Wiler line on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch). At the end of the day, take the post bus from Sierre to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve your seat.

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; follow the signs to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs to Wiler.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs to Sion/Sierre; Gampel; Goppenstein; Wiler.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway direction Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Gampel; Goppenstein; Wiler.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Gampel-Steg or Wiler. For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Sierre or Leuk and get to Wiler (Lötschental) using public transport (SBB and post bus). Remember to reserve a place for your bike on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch) for the Goppenstein-Wiler bus line.

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

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 August 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

More information about the destination:

Lötschental

Gampel-Bratsch-Jeizinen

Leuk/Susten

Sierre

Val d’Anniviers

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

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

Literature

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

The tourist offices in Lötschental, in Sierre and in St-Luc have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2527 Lötschental, 1287 Sierre