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Gibidum – Trophy of the Dams

Cycling · Valais
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  • Gibidum dam
    / Gibidum dam
    Photo: Tamara Berger, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Tamara Berger
  • / Cyclist at the Gibidum dam
    Photo: Tamara Berger, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Tamara Berger
  • / Gibidum dam
    Photo: Tamara Berger, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Tamara Berger
  • / Gibidum dam
    Photo: Blatten-Belalp Tourismus, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Gibidum dam
    Photo: Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
  • / View on the Gibidum dam lake
    Photo: Blatten Belalp Tourismus, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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The Gibidum Dam is perhaps the least known of the Valais dams, but it’s definitely worth the visit for the amazing scenery and a climb full of discovery!

moderate
10.7 km
2:00 h
812 m
10 m

Starting from Naters, the road that climbs in the direction of the Gibidum Dam is on a steady slope from the very first few hundred metres. As you gain altitude, you have a grand view over the city of Brig below and the road leading to the Simplon pass on the other side of the valley. After a few kilometres you will come to a junction towards the village of Mund, famous for its saffron crops. Below the village of Blatten, the road turns into switchbacks through an ever-demanding slope, but the view over the mountainous cliffs covered in greenery and streaked with streams will delight despite the effort. After the village of Blatten, a narrower road will take you to the lake of the Gibidum Dam.

Author’s recommendation

After the effort, make a detour to the Brigerbad and relax in the warm thermal water or the sauna area. 

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Gibidum dam, 1484 m
Lowest point
Naters, 672 m
Best time of year
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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).

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

More information :

Start

Naters (671 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.319134, 7.987899
UTM
32T 422082 5130004

Destination

Gibidum Dam

Turn-by-turn directions

Less than ten kilometres separate Naters and the Gibidum Dam, but this steep ascent is far from easy! In the first few kilometres you can admire the view over the valley between the cities of Brig and Visp and see in the distance the beginning of the Goms Valley. The terrain suddenly becomes enclosed and steep towards the village of Blatten, surrounded by pristine nature with a backdrop of high mountains that catch the eye at every turn. Arriving in Blatten, you can catch your breath over a few 100 metres of easier slopes before the climb continues between the trees before heading off at the junction to the left. The last ramp is quite tough but will lead you to an observation bridge where you can view the Gibidum Dam and its lake oscillating in blue and grey. At the very end we can catch a glimpse of the majesty of the Aletsch Arena.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland to Brig. Take the northern exit of the train station and cross the Rhone bridge to arrive directly at the village of Naters.

Getting there

Coming from Sierre: follow route 9 until Brig.

Parking

Parking at the train station in Brig. Follow the local car park routeing in Brig.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochures: Road Cycling Map

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1289 Brig / 1269 Aletschgletscher


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
812 m
Descent
10 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Insider tip

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Highest point
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