Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Valais Cycling Tour: Brig - St.Luc Anniviers (stage 5)

From Brig to St-Luc, via the Moosalp pass, this fifth stage is one of the highlights of the Valais Cycling Tour.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    92.7 km

  • Duration

    6:30 h

  • Show on map

The first kilometres from Brig to Visp follow the route of the Rhone River. Just after leaving Visp, the road splits to the left in the direction of Saas Fee and Zermatt. Then you climb a narrow valley, known for its dry micro-climate to the Moosalp pass. This climb will take you through unexpected landscape around every bend. After a quick visit back into the Rhone Valley, the last climb takes you into the Val d’Anniviers to the finish at St-Luc. 

Turn-by-turn directions

The first climb of the stage is quite difficult, but probably one of the most beautiful in the region. On the climb to Moosalp, you will discover stunning scenery and untouched landscapes that will make you enjoy every kilometre of effort. The descent into the villages of Zenhäausern and Bürchen will leave you feeling suspended over the Rhone Valley. As you pedal towards Sierre, you pass by the Pfyn Forest, a nature reserve with some unique vegetation. Entering the Val d’Anniviers is not easy, but the switchbacks that take you up to Niouc are worth the effort! Once the first section of the climb is conquered, the road is less steep along the side of the rocky valley until Vissoie. But the last kilometres leading to St-Luc will require some leftover strength in the legs.

Start: Brig, Bahnofstrasse 1 (671 m)
Destination: St-Luc, Bella Tola (1641 m)

Author's recommendation

Are you in the Valais in autumn? The colourful larch trees make for gorgeous landscapes: nature will offer you an amazing display of colour, amplified by the unique light of the autumn sun.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2050 m 555 m

  • Ascent

    2828 m

  • Descent

    1860 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

CFF train to Brig via the Lötschberg (from Bern) or Sion (from Lausanne).

Approach

From Sierre follow route 9 until Brig.

Parking

This tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at the train stations of Brig, follow the local park routeing to access them. 

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

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals.