Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Alpine Bike 2. Leukerbad-Unterbäch

This stage is an extremely varied trail on a beautiful flowy route with panoramic views high above Leukerbad in the direction of Jeizinen, followed by a rocky descent to Gampel.

  • 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

    33 km

  • Duration

    4:15 h

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Starting at Leukerbad, the Torrent cable car takes you to Rinderhütte, standing at an altitude of over 2,300 metres. The route starts off right next to the lift station and follows the Torrenttrail Bike route, a flowy single trail with panoramic views over the 4,000-metre-high peaks of Valais and the Rhône Valley. After a section along the slope contour with a few climbs, you reach the alpine pasture of Untere Feselalp where you begin the descent into the Rhône Valley. You pass through the village of Erschmatt, where you can learn how to make rye bread. In Steg, visit the recently built pumptrack before continuing your ride to Raron. When you get there take the cable car to Unterbäch, where you will spend the night overlooking the Rhône Valley and opposite the Bietschhorn. Option: Option: Fancy some more downhill fun? The cable car takes you comfortably from Gampel to Jeizinen, where some varied trails await you.

Available offers

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 a double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35

  • Brig: 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 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%

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Turn-by-turn directions

The Torrent cable car takes you to the Rinderhütte mountain station where this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike route begins. Follow the balcony trail overlooking the Rhone Valley. You pass through the villages of Oberu, Nivenalp and Bachalp in turn. Enjoy this route on the edge of the forest which alternates between undulating sections and a few short climbs. From Untere Feselalp, take the picture-postcard singletrail to Erschmatt. After passing through the village, the trail drops down on a gravelly but exhilarating slope to Niedergampel before leading into a flat road, mostly along the Rhone, as far as Raron. Take a cable car for the final leg between Raron and Unterbäch.

Start: Leukerbad (2310 m)
Destination: Unterbäch (636 m)

Author's recommendation

Stop at the Trächu Hittu restaurant in Untere Feselalp to enjoy an “assiette valaisanne” or a “croûte au fromage”.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2313 m 625 m

  • Ascent

    530 m

  • Descent

    2200 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 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 Leuk (SBB) and then the bus (LLB – Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) from Leuk railway station directly to Leukerbad. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Leuk to Leukerbad route on Resabike (www.resabike.ch).

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow the sign for Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the sign for Gampel; Leuk-Leukerbad.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign for Sion/Sierre; Leuk-Leukerbad.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign for Leuk-Leukerbad.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Leuk or Leukerbad. For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike Tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Leuk or Gampel and travel to Leukerbad by public transport (SBB train). Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Leukerbad line: 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 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 informations: 

 

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 map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Leukerbad and in Unterbäch have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 2527 Lötschental