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!
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.
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!
Safety informationStrictly 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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Getting thereFrom 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.
ParkingPark and Ride at Sierre train station. Please follow the local car park routeing in Sierre.
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EquipmentWe recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
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