Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Grimsel - Legendary Mountain Passes

From the Haute Valais village of Oberwald to the summit of the Grimsel Pass, you will discover a giant of the Alps that connects the canton of Valais with Bern.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    12.2 km

  • Duration

    2:30 h

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From Oberwald, the road climbs through a pine forest while you glimpse over the young Rhone River below. When you arrive at the village of Gletsch, the road splits between the Furka Pass to your right and the Grimsel Pass to your left. In the following kilometres, the view is extraordinary, where you will discover the spectacular Rhone Glacier, the source of the Rhone River. At the summit, a small alpine lake reflects the neighbouring peaks shining under a clear sky as the view opens towards the Bernese Alps.

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The most beautiful routes of the Swiss Alps

Impressive stone dams, breathtaking rides through passes and idyllic Valais villages – surrounded by the most beautiful and highest mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps, cycling dreams come true in Valais. Starting from Brig, the tour goes into the Goms, high up to sparkling dam lakes and alpine worlds of rock and ice. The ride over the Alpine passes is one of the most beautiful road cycling tours in Switzerland. One highlight follows another in Valais.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Brig | Brig – Grimselpass – Oberwald

Follow the course of the Rhone to reach the Goms valley. The Walser villages in Goms are waiting to be discovered as if strung on a string of pearls. You arrive in Oberwald, but the tour is not over yet. The Grimsel Pass is only a stone's throw away for sport cyclists.

approx. 85 km / 2'250 m ascent / 1'560 m descent

Day 2: Round tour of Alpine passes

The most beautiful Alpine passes can be reached quickly from Oberwald. You climb high into the rocky world of the Nufenen pass and whoosh down to Airolo. The following ride up to Gotthard Pass is over cobblestones along the countless serpentine curves and challenges you. You can relax while descending to Hospental. And then it's time for a challenge again, because the Furka Pass at the end of the journey is really tough.

approx. 100 km / 3'025 m ascent / 3'025 m descent

Day 3: Oberwald – Binntal – Leuk

You follow the Rhone route again at the beginning, and it leads you past the most beautiful villages of the Goms. However, the tour is not quite that easy, as a detour into the Binn Valley is on the agenda. The picturesque return journey to Leuk is the successful conclusion of your journey through Upper Valais.

approx. 95 km / 760 m ascent / 1'390 m descent

Day 4: Departure or individual extension

Tour characteristic

A unique scenery awaits you in Valais. Surrounded by the highest peaks of the Alps, you will visit some of the most famous valleys and passes of Switzerland. Some traffic must be taken into account near town and city centres. The ride over the Alpine passes on the second day poses a significant challenge in terms of fitness.

All cycling routes on visitvalais.ch:

https://www.valais.ch/en/activities/road-cycling/routes

What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Carefully elaborated route description

  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included :

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price

Option of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Leuk (Susten): CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

Road bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Road 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%

Availability

Once your booking is complete, we will check the availability of the chosen accommodation. A final confirmation will then be sent to you by email. If the service is no longer available on the date you have chosen, you will either be able to choose another date or you will receive a full refund.

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Turn-by-turn directions

The Grimsel Pass is one of the Alpine giants that rises over 2,000 metres of altitude. From Oberwald to Gletsch, the warmup is fairly easy as the slope is reasonable. A small cog railway follows the route just below the road until the split to the Furka Pass. From Gletsch, long straights are linked together by a series of zigzags, and you start to feel the air become scarce as you take on the altitude. The top of the pass offers views of the summits in both the cantons of Valais and Bern, and Gletsch seems so very far away only just a few kilometres below. A park with Marmots makes the restaurant at the pass a very friendly place to visit.

Start: Oberwald (1368 m)
Destination: Grimsel pass (2164 m)

Author's recommendation

The route offers superb views on the final part of the climb. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2165 m 1368 m

  • Ascent

    797 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Frequent CFF train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig, then MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn) train or bus to Oberwald.

Approach

From Brig, follow the cantonal route 19 "Furkastrasse" for 40km until you arrive in Oberwald.

Parking

Parking at the train station in Oberwald, follow the local car park routeing. 

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. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Additional information

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Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1250 Ulrichen