Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Bike Leukerbad-Unterbäch

This stage is an extremely varied trail on a 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

    37.8 km

  • Duration

    5:50 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 a varied trail awaits you.

Turn-by-turn directions

The Torrent cable car takes you to the Rinderhütte mountain station where this stage of the Valais 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 (1379 m)
Destination: Unterbäch (1223 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

    545 m

  • Descent

    2194 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 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

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

 

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

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