Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Valais Cycling Tour: Leukerbad - Oberwald (stage 3)

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.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    98.9 km

  • Duration

    6:00 h

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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!

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 (1381 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

    1980 m

  • Descent

    1994 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.