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Valais Alpine Bike 7. St-Luc - Grimentz

This stage will give you a chance to discover the Val d'Anniviers in all its splendour, from St-Luc to Grimentz, along with a breathtaking view of Moiry Lake.

  • 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

    3:30 h

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Your route starts at Tignousa, at the top of the St-Luc funicular. Follow the Bike Planet Tour to "Combavert", then turn right, cross the river and take the path that runs along the hillside below the Hotel Weisshorn. Continue through the alpine meadows and forests, before ascending a 4x4 track to the Nava alpine meadow. From here, you’ll start a long descent on a wide path, followed by a very technical trail (S3) that plunges down to the village of Mottec. After climbing up the valley to Zinal, board the Sorebois gondola which will take you nearly 1,000 metres higher in a few minutes. Get on your mountain bike and ride to the Corne de Sorebois, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding 4,000 m peaks. Then begins a long descent on a path that offers a splendid view of Moiry Lake. From the dam wall, you’ll link up with the route of the legendary Grand Raid BCVS race to finish your day in Grimentz.

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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 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

On our e-Shop, you can easily find and book the accommodation of your dreams from a wide selection of offers throughout the canton.

Turn-by-turn directions

From St-Luc, take the funicular to Tignousa, then follow the 4x4 track along the Bike Planet Tour to Combavert. Turn right to join a path that crosses the forest of Lâche, located below the Hotel Weisshorn. After the alpine pasture and Gilou forest, take a 4x4 track to the area known as Copaté. After a short descent through the forest, head up to the Nava (Navetta) mountain pasture, then down to the village of Mottec, before going up towards Zinal (the last trail before Mottec is technically difficult). Go around the Navisence reservoir and cross the river onto the right bank to Zinal, before boarding the Zinal-Sorebois cable car. Head for the crest of the Corne de Sorebois, where a singletrack takes you to Moiry Dam. Cross the top of the dam and take the path that runs along the base of its imposing wall, then follow the river and take the rocky path leading to Grimentz.

Start: St-Luc (2175 m)
Destination: Grimentz (1586 m)

Author's recommendation

Downhill enthusiasts will be able to test the St-Luc bikepark trails by doing several descents between Tignousa and St-Luc.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2856 m 1532 m

  • Ascent

    855 m

  • Descent

    2460 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 (CFF) to Sierre then take the Sierre-Vissoie post bus, change in Vissoie for the Vissoie-St-Luc line to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Val d'Anniviers bus lines using the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

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 Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs to Sion/Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Leuk; Sierre; Val d’Anniviers.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Sierre or St-Luc. For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend you park your vehicle in Sierre and use public transport (post bus) to get to the Val d'Anniviers Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch) for the Val d'Anniviers bus lines.

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.

This stage will be signposted with the No. 41 sign by summer 2023.

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:

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 Val d’Anniviers have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre