Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Moiry - Trophy of the Dams

The climb from Sierre to the Moiry Dam allows you to discover the Val d’Anniviers – without doubt one of the prettiest valleys in the Valais- and cross charming little villages like Vissoie and Grimentz. The Moiry dam and lake are a must see.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    32.2 km

  • Duration

    3:30 h

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After leaving Sierre, the beginning of the route takes you to Val d’Anniviers along the flanks of a mountain before you start scaling towards the pass via a series of spectacular switchbacks, reminiscent of some of the most legendary Alpine passes. After passing through the village of Niouc, the slope eases and you ride through some spectacular cliffs via a series of tunnels dug into the rock. The famous yellow postal buses that crisscross Switzerland are sure to notify you of their presence in the tunnels with their characteristic three-tone horn. The old fortified village of Vissoie then appears, providing some relief with a short descent as you exit the village. Then begins a good dozen of kilometres of climbing, first to Grimentz, then along a narrow road until the Moiry Dam at 2,000m of altitude.

Turn-by-turn directions

The climb from Sierre to the Moiry Dam takes you from the Rhone Valley with its sunny vineyards to the mountains with snowy Alpine glaciers. The climb into the Val d’Anniviers is a treat for any cyclist, as the landscape around every turn is breathtaking. From the village of Niouc until Vissoie, the backdrop is truly the royal crown of Valais peaks with five summits at more than 4,000 metres, most notably the Matterhorn in the centre. The climb becomes very demanding after the picturesque village of Grimentz, and the slope gets even harder over the last five to six kilometres before the dam. Once you arrive at the top, be sure to take the time to cross the dam with your bike to see the view of the lake and glaciers on one side and the Val d’Anniviers and the Rhone Valley on the other.

Start: Sierre train station (533 m)
Destination: Moiry dam (2247 m)

Author's recommendation

A visit to the inside of the dam is possible on demand.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2250 m 532 m

  • Ascent

    1946 m

  • Descent

    214 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 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

Arrive in Sierre by train from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains running on the Simplon line between Brig and St. Gingolph. 

Approach

From the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, take the Sierre Est (from Brig) or Sierre Ouest (from Lausanne) exit and access to the park + ride at the 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

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.