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Val d'Anniviers - Along the Valleys

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  • Cyclist on the Val D'Anniviers road
    / Cyclist on the Val D'Anniviers road
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Val d'Anniviers
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Cyclist on the Val D'Anniviers road
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Hairpin curves of Niouc
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Switchback ascent from Sierre to Niouc
    Photo: Alain Rumpf, Grand Tours Project
  • / Switchback ascent from Sierre to Niouc
    Photo: Christian Ziörjen
  • / Cyclists on the road to Val d'Anniviers
    Photo: Alain Rumpf, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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The climb from Sierre to Zinal lets cyclists discover the Val d'Anniviers – without doubt one of the most beautiful valleys in the canton of Valais – and pass through small villages full of charm such as Vissoie or Ayer. As a bonus, the finish in Zinal offers unrivalled views of the mountains and corries all around!

difficult
27.8 km
4:20 h
1147 m
3 m

Setting out from Sierre, the road in the direction of Val d'Anniviers initially runs parallel to the mountainside before starting to climb in a series of spectacular switchbacks that recall some of the most legendary alpine passes. After passing through the village of Niouc, the gradient becomes more gentle. The road then snakes back and forth, hugging the spectacular cliffsides and passing through a series of avalanche galleries dug into the rock. The famous yellow post buses that criss-cross Switzerland are sure to notify you of their presence in the gorges with their characteristic three-tone horn. The old fortified village of Vissoie then appears, with the valley unfolding before you as far as Zinal. The climb becomes more gentle until you reach the end of the road at the exit to the village. From there, the stunning panorama is on no account to be missed.

Author’s recommendation

Thrills are guaranteed as you scale your way up the first hairpin bends from the valley and on the road cut into the rock at Niouc!

Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Zinal, 1670 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 523 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: 

- Val d'Anniviers

- Zinal

Start

Sierre (526 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.292036, 7.533768
UTM
32T 387065 5127540

Destination

Zinal

Turn-by-turn directions

The climb from Sierre to Zinal takes cyclists from the Rhone valley with its sun-kissed vineyards to the majestic summits of the Alps and their millennia-old glaciers. The climb back out of the Val d'Anniviers is a sight to behold, with breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. From the village of Niouc to Vissoie, the crown jewels of Valais – five summits of more than 4,000 metres, with the famous Matterhorn in the middle - serve as a backdrop! On leaving Vissoie, the climb grows less steady, alternating between steeper parts and welcome flatter stages. A final effort is required to reach Zinal. Continue on to the end of the road at the exit to the village and admire, among others, the peaks of the Weisshorn, the Zinalrothorn and La Dent Blanche!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arrive in Sierre by train from all Swiss towns (SBB) or by the regional trains running on the Simplon line between Brig and St. Gingolph. 

Getting there

From the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Brig, take the Sierre Est (from Brig) or Sierre Ouest (from Lausanne) exit and access to the park + ride at the train station via Rue de la Plaine. 

Parking

Park and Ride at Sierre train station. Please follow the local car park routeing in Sierre. 

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:  1287 Sierre / 1307 Vissoie


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Reviews

5.0
(1)
Steve Morabito
July 26, 2017 · Community
En palier, cette montée vous fera passer dans de pittoresques hameaux valaisans!
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Traversée du village d'Ayer
Photo: Steve Morabito, Community
Traversée du village d'Ayer
Photo: Steve Morabito, Community

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
27.8 km
Duration
4:20h
Ascent
1147 m
Descent
3 m
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