Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Rawyl/Tseuzier – Trophy of the Dams

The climb to Tseuzier Dam, which rises to 1777 metres of altitude, starts in Sion and is about 22 kilometres long. From the Valais vineyards to the lake of Tseuzier, this itinerary offers a panoramic view that is breathtaking at every moment .Along the whole climb, special signs have been erected to mark the route.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    22.4 km

  • Duration

    2:30 h

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The municipality of St-Léonard, where the climb to the Tseuzier dam begins, is home to the largest underground lake in Europe. The first kilometres wind through the vineyards of the Combe de Voos, where you climb little by little above the valley until the village of Botyre. The road then climbs to Liène on a mostly steady incline through a forest, with a few bends where the trees clear and you can admire the view over the high peaks on the opposite side of the Rhone valley. The climb continues with a few switchbacks towards Tseuzier Lake where you can see the reflection of the peaks that surround it.

Turn-by-turn directions

The itinerary begins at Bramois and takes you to St-Léonard, at the other side of the valley. Leaving this village, you first cross exceptional vineyards dotted here and there by fig trees and rose bushes. It is not rare to hear cicadas singing in the summer, giving these first few kilometres of climbing the sensation of being in Provence. From Botyre, the landscape changes, becoming more mountainous as the road gradually becomes narrower. Take advantage of the panoramic view over the highest peaks of the Valais as the road gradually climbs to one of the few dams located on the right bank of the Rhone river. On arriving at the summit, the clear waters of Tseuzier Lake are sufficient to comfort even the most exhausted cyclist, and the view over the Rawil Pass that we can see at the end of the valley is enough to forget the all the effort spent climbing from Bramois. 

Start: Bramois (499 m)
Destination: Tseuzier Dam (1777 m)

Author's recommendation

Visit the largest underground lake in Europe in St-Léonard.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1780 m 497 m

  • Ascent

    1286 m

  • Descent

    4 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Frequent train connections to Sion or Sierre, then take the Bus to Bramois (or Uvrier).

The itinerary begins near the "Terrain des Peupliers" (football field), in the "Berges du Rhône" road. 

Approach

From Lausanne : Take the motorway A9 and take the exit 27 (Sion-Est). Continue on the right and follow the signs to "Bramois". 

From Brig/Visp : Take the motorway A9 until the exit 27 (Sion-Est). After the exit, turn left and follow the signs to "Bramois". 

Parking

Parking available at the village of Bramois. Follow the local car park indications. 

The itinerary begins near the "Terrain des Peupliers" (football field), in the "Berges du Rhône" road. 

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.

Additional information

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Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1286 St-Léonard