Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Valais Cycling Tour: Leukerbad - Oberwald (stage 3) closed

From the spa resort of Leukerbad to the banks of the Rhone River, stage three takes you all the way to Oberwald at the foot of Swiss mountain passes of legend (Nufenen, Grimsel and Furka). On route, you will be steps away from the magnificent Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Leukerbad, you descend along the side of the mountain above the right bank of the Rhone River into the town of Brig. Afterwards, the route climbs slowly, step-by-step, into the town of Oberwald. An added bonus of this route is the inclusion of several stretches of “white roads,” graded gravel paths to add a bit of excitement to your journey. Between Betten and Martisberg, then from Steinhaus to Oberwald, you can enjoy a series of good quality gravel roads, giving you an exceptional experience in the 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

After being rejuvenated by the thermal baths of Leukerbad, your climb along the Rhone River will take you on a voyage of discovery to some unusual places in the Upper Valais. The route passes near the entrance of the Lötschberg railway, the tunnel that connects the cantons of Valais and Bern. You will also ride just below the mighty Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a small road that takes you through the peaceful villages of Mörel, Betten and Martisberg. Then as you climb into the Goms Valley, you will ride through numerous quaint little villages typical of the region before arriving in Oberwald.

Start: Leukerbad, Rathausstrasse 4-8, 3954 Leukerbad (1380 m)
Destination: Oberwald, Furkastrasse 10 (1364 m)

Author's recommendation

After the first 16.8km, you will pass near a historic bridge called the “Hohe Brücke” over the Feschilju River. Not for those with vertigo!

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1495 m 623 m

  • Ascent

    2029 m

  • Descent

    2046 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 5.0 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

CFF train until Leuk, then bus until Leukerbad.

Approach

From route 9 direction Brig or Sierre, in Susten take a right at the roundabout towards Leukerbad for 18km.

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

Maps

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