Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Sanetsch - Legendary Mountain Passes

While the Sanetsch pass may not be the most well-known climb in the Valais, it is undoubtedly one of the finest and most demanding. Starting from the altitude of the Rhone Valley to reach a summit at 2200 metres, this epic climb will inspire much respect!

  • Difficulty


  • Length

    27.3 km

  • Duration

    4:00 h

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The road to Sanetsch takes you through all the stages of Alpine vegetation. From the river plain to the high mountains, this pristine pass is a real gem for bike lovers. As you attack the slopes of this incredible climb, you pass through the Valais vineyards, through forests filled with larch and spruce trees, and finally high Alpine pastures in front of the beautiful Tsanfleuron glacier. There are surprises after every turn, leaving you comparing one landscape after another in a battle to determine which view is the prettiest.

Turn-by-turn directions

From Conthey, the road to Sanetsch starts by zig-zagging up through the Valais vineyards where the sun beats down in the summer. After a few kilometres, you climb gradually into a shady narrow gorge with forests filled with refreshing scents. After a few short but welcoming flat sections, you discover a magnificent view overlooking the Rhone plain, seemingly far away. After a few switchbacks and a spectacular waterfall, you start climbing into a whole new environment, the high alpine meadows. A fun journey through a tunnel dug into the rock brings you face to face with the snowfields of the Tsanfleuron glacier. The bravest cyclists will continue after the pass to the end of the road where it’s possible to make a grand loop back to the central Valais using a gondola that brings you into the Bernese Oberland, making the Sanetsch a must-do for any adventure lover. In any case, the restaurant at the end of the road serves a nice apple pie that is well worth the trip!

Start: Conthey (486 m)
Destination: Sanetsch Pass (2251 m)

Author's recommendation

Extend your trip by climbing the Col du Pillon on the way back. Normally you profit from a tailwind when cycling up the Rhone Valley. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2252 m 487 m

  • Ascent

    1766 m

  • Descent

    1 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Regional trains on the Simplon line to Châteauneuf-Conthey or postbus from Sion to Conthey.  


Motorway A9, then take exit 25 Conthey to arrive directly in the village of Conthey. 


Parkings in the shopping zone of Conthey. 


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.


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