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Val d'Hérens - Along the valleys

Cycling · Valais
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  • Pyramids of Euseigne
    / Pyramids of Euseigne
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Cyclist at the Pyramids of Euseigne
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Pyramids of Euseigne
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Pyramids of Euseigne
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Pyramids of Euseigne
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
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From Sion, the capital of Valais, you leave the Rhone valley behind and enter the Val d'Hérens. After passing through the villages of Vex and Euseigne, the road becomes steeper until it reaches Evolène, followed by a more gentle stretch to Les Haudères.

moderate
27.9 km
2:38 h
963 m
0 m

The first part of the tour between Sion and Vex takes place on a wide, relatively steep road. You then head towards Euseigne, passing beneath its famous pyramids – spectacular rocks formed by erosion! On leaving the hamlet of La Luette, the road becomes steep and straight, and the kilometres gently roll by as far as Evolène. The landscape opens out again into a wider valley and the gradient becomes much less challenging. You are in the very heart of the Val d'Hérens, one of the most beautiful valleys in the region! On arrival in Les Haudères, more adventurous cyclists can continue in the direction of Arolla to the right or Ferpècle to the left...

Author’s recommendation

Don’t forget to capture yourself for posterity beneath the pyramids of Euseigne by taking a photo at the parking spot just beyond the gallery!

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Les Haudères, 1451 m
Lowest point
Sion, 488 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

Sion (487 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.226534, 7.359383
UTM
32T 373483 5120525

Destination

Haudères

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent towards Val d'Hérens is a must if you find yourself in Valais. It not only lets you discover a wild valley – famous for its breed of cattle – but also takes you through a number of typical villages where the rich local dialect is spoken. From Sion to Vex, the road is wide and the climb steady. You then get to enjoy several flatter kilometres until you reach Euseigne and La Luette. You now follow a straight but steeper line that takes you to Evolène, through which the Grand Raid, a famous mountain bike race, passes. The last part of the route, located in the heart of the Val d'Hérens, takes you to Les Haudères, a picturesque village dominated by the Val d’Arolla and the Ferpècle dam.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arrive in Sion by train from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains on the Simplon line. 

Getting there

From the A9 autoroute (coming from Lausanne or Brig), take the exit 26 or 27 in Sion and follow signs to centre-ville.

Parking

Park + Ride at the train station in Sion. Follow the local car-park routeing.

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: 1306 Sion / 1327 Evolène


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
27.9 km
Duration
2:38 h
Ascent
963 m
Descent
0 m
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