Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Moiry - Trophy of the Dams

Tackle the climb to Moiry dam via Vercorin and Pinsec while enjoying the view of the Matterhorn and the Dent Blanche.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    32.7 km

  • Duration

    3:30 h

  • Show on map

Your climb begins in Chippis, a small village situated on the plains at the edge the Rhône river. A narrow road takes you to Brie, passing close to the Bisse de Ricard, then climbs for several kilometres above Sierre and rejoins the main road that leads to Vercorin ski resort. The route runs along cliff sides and through galleries cut into the rock, allowing you to admire the Val d’Anniviers below. From Vercorin, the trail heads towards Pinsec and descends for a few kilometres, passing through the traditional hamlets of Mayoux and Saint-Jean along the way. The Matterhorn and the Dent Blanche form the backdrop to your next climb, which benefits from a broad and flowing initial section. The route becomes more demanding once it reaches the picturesque village of Grimentz, climbing steeply for five or six kilometres and briefly levelling out before two tough final kilometres to Moiry dam. The finishing point at 2,250m in altitude is situated near the top of the dam, overlooking the lake.

Turn-by-turn directions

From the bridge over the Rhône in Chippis, head to the centre of Chippis via the cantonal road. Follow the long bend in the road onto the Route de Chalais, where you’ll find the signpost for the start of the route. 200 metres down the road, turn left onto the road leading to Briey and follow it for 5.7km before rejoining the cantonal road in the direction of Vercorin. Once you reach the centre of Vercorin, turn left and continue towards Niouc, where a downhill section takes you through the villages of Niouc and Mayoux. Once you arrive in Mayoux, the Route de Vissoie-Grimentz begins to climb again. The slope becomes more demanding from the village of Grimentz, levelling out briefly before the final two kilometres of challenging cycling to Moiry dam. The finishing point is situated near the top of the dam, overlooking the lake. The route marked out by the Valais cycle signs allows you to make the climb to the Moiry dam without passing by the busy road from Sierre, Niouc and Vissoie.

Start: Chippis, Edge of the Rhône (526m) (531 m)
Destination: Moiry dam (2,249m) (2249 m)

Author's recommendation

The interior of the dam can be visited on request.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2250 m 531 m

  • Ascent

    2042 m

  • Descent

    325 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 5.0 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

You can reach Sierre via the SBB Lausanne-Brig line or via regional trains on the Simplon Railway.

Approach

Take the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, then take the Sierre Ouest (from Lausanne) or Sierre Est (from Brig) exit. Access the park and ride at Sierre train station via Rue de la Plaine.

Parking

Park + Ride at Sierre train station. Please follow the local car park routeing in Sierre. 

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

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre / 1307 Vissoie