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Moosalp – Legendary Mountain Passes

Cycling · Valais
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Moosalp…a pass that is certainly worth the trip! From Stalden, the countless hairpins and magnificent views from this sun-drenched southern slope will amaze any cyclist who ventures up this 1,400 metre climb.

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23.2 km
3:00 h
1399 m
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From Visp you begin the climb for a few kilometres in the valley that brings you to Zermatt and Saas-Fee along the river Vispa. You will pass near the small village of Ackersand that has the distinction of being the driest place in Switzerland. Just before Stalden, the road begins to steepen, and as you leave the village you turn right towards Törbel and the Moosalp pass. As you gain altitude along this vertiginous cliff-side road, the views before you become increasingly grandiose! Towards the summit, the pristine nature of this climb will not fail to make the Moosalp pass one of your favourite bike rides.

Author’s recommendation

At the summit, don’t miss out on the delicious “mille-feuilles” at the Moosalp restaurant!

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Highest point
Moosalp, 2048 m
Lowest point
Visp, 648 m
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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

Visp (648 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.293299, 7.881700
UTM
32T 413866 5127243

Destination

Moosalp

Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving Visp towards the famous resort of Zermatt, the incline is never too difficult until the village of Stalden. The road then steepens to get to Törbel, and the view over the surrounding valleys is impressive. You might get to see some traditional Valais black-nosed sheep in the pastures along the climb. Just opposite, the village of Gspon, home of the highest football pitch in Europe, will come into view as you gain altitude. Several kilometres before the summit, the environment becomes mesmerizing and magical, making this, without doubt, one of the most beautiful climbs in the Alps. 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland via the Lötschberg tunnel or the Simplon line to Visp.

Getting there

Take the cantonal street 9 from Brig or Sierre to Visp.

Parking

Underground parking at Visp train station. Follow the local car park routeing in Visp.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochures: Road Cycling Map

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps: 1288 Raron


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
23.2 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
1399 m
Descent
0 m
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