Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Valais Bike Leukerbad-Unterbäch (stage 1)

The first stage of Valais Bike is an extremely varied trail on a flowy route with panoramic views high above Leukerbad followed by a gravelly descent to Gampel.

  • Difficulty

    difficult, S3

    Difficulty: difficult
    S3 Trail blocked by large rocks, roots and high steps. Slippery surfaces with loose scree; sequences of tight hairpin turns. Gradients of more than 70% in places. Very good MTB technique required, including precise braking and excellent balance
  • Length

    36.4 km

  • Duration

    5:39 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 just below the railway station and follows the Torrent mountain-bike route, a flowy single trail with panoramic views over the 4,000-metre-high peaks of Valais and the Rhône Valley. After following a hillside path with a few climbs, you reach the alpine pasture of 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: if you would like to add a downhill section to your day, ride some of the slopes on the Leukerbad flowtrail before embarking on the Torrent mountain-bike trail.

Turn-by-turn directions

The Torrent cable car takes you to the Rinderhütte mountain station where the first stage of the Valais Bike route begins. Follow the terraced trail overlooking the Rhône 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 hiking trail to Erschmatt. After passing through the village, the trail drops down on a gravelly but exhilarating slope to Niedergampel before leading into a flat path which climbs the Rhône Valley as far as Raron. Take a cable car for the final leg between Raron and Unterbäch.

Start: Leukerbad (1380 m)
Destination: Unterbäch (1224 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

    2308 m 626 m

  • Ascent

    310 m

  • Descent

    1985 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 from Leuk railway station directly to Leukerbad. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Leuk to Leukerbad route (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. If you are cycling the Valais Bike route from Leukerbad to Brig (three stages), we advise you to park your vehicle in Brig and to take the train (SBB) to Leuk railway station.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only and 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.

 

Please close gates and enclosures after passing through. Please be considerate to hikers and to plants and animals. As a rule, hikers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability.

Literature

Consult the Valais/Wallis Mountainbike 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: 

  • 1287 Sierre
  • 1288 Raron