Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Turtmanntal - Scenic & side valleys

In just a few kilometres, leave the Rhone valley behind and enter wild, unspoilt countryside.

  • Difficulty


  • Length

    18.5 km

  • Duration

    2:18 h

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Village of Gruben in Turtmanntal - Valais/Wallis Promotion

The Turtmanntal is a valley worth discovering! Using your own pedal power, you’ll leave the flatlands behind and quickly reach the villages of Unterems and Oberems. The second part of the climb will see you tackle less steep gradients on the mountain side. But be patient, the valley is not yet in sight. After 15 kilometres of climbing, you’ll ultimately be rewarded with a wild and unspoilt alpine setting.

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Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving the village of Turtmann, several hairpin bends bring you to a junction where the road splits and heads off towards either the Turtmanntal valley or the plateau of Eischoll/Bürchen. Taking the road to the right, you’ll pass through the villages of Unterems and Oberems. If necessary, take the cable car and spare yourself the effort of this part of the ascent; from here the valley opens out and the gradient becomes more gentle as you peddle towards the end of the tarmac road. What’s more, this untamed countryside can be explored on foot, by mountain bike or, in winter, on ski skins.

Start: Turtmann (626 m)
Destination: Gruben (1821 m)

Author's recommendation

The cable car can take you up to the village of Oberems, thus considerably shortening this part of the climb.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1822 m 627 m

  • Ascent

    1195 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 5 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Take the regional trains on the Simplon line to Turtmann. 


Coming from Sierre or Visp, take the cantonal street number 9 to Turtmann. 


Parking possibilities at the train station and in the centre of Turtmann. Follow the local car park routeing. 


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).

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