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Tseuzier – Trophy of the Dams

Cycling · Valais
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  • Marked ascent, signage
    / Marked ascent, signage
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Cyclist on the Tseuzier dam
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Road to the Tseuzier dam
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Sign indicating the distance to Lake Tzeusier
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Road to the Tseuzier dam
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Road to the Tseuzier dam
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Road to the Tseuzier dam
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Cycliste on the Tseuzier road
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Tseuzier lake
    Photo: Anzère Tourisme
  • / Tseuzier lake
    Photo: Anzère Tourisme, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Tseuzier lake
    Photo: Anzère Tourisme, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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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.

difficult
22.4 km
2:30 h
1286 m
4 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Tseuzier Dam, 1780 m
Lowest point
St-Léonard, 497 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

Bramois (499 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.239583, 7.417589
UTM
32T 378000 5121884

Destination

Tseuzier Dam

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. 

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

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. 

Getting there

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. 

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: 1286 St-Léonard


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
22.4 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1286 m
Descent
4 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip

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