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Cycling Stage

Valais Cycling Tour: Brig - St.Luc Anniviers (stage 5)

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  • Stockalperschloss
    / Stockalperschloss
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  • / Pfyn
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  • / Törbel
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  • / St-Luc
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From Brig to St-Luc, via the Moosalp pass, this fifth stage is one of the highlights of the Valais Cycling Tour.
difficult
91.4 km
6:30 h
2642 m
1673 m
The first kilometres from Brig to Visp follow the route of the Rhone River. Just after leaving Visp, the road splits to the left in the direction of Saas Fee and Zermatt. Then you climb a narrow valley, known for its dry micro-climate to the Moosalp pass. This climb will take you through unexpected landscape around every bend. After a quick visit back into the Rhone Valley, the last climb takes you into the Val d’Anniviers to the finish at St-Luc. 

Author’s recommendation

Are you in the Valais in autumn? The colourful larch trees make for gorgeous landscapes: nature will offer you an amazing display of colour, amplified by the unique light of the autumn sun.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Moosalp, 2048 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 559 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).

Tips, hints and links

More information:  

Start

Brig, Bahnofstrasse 1 (671 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.318866, 7.988887
DMS
46°19'07.9"N 7°59'20.0"E
UTM
32T 422158 5129973
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Destination

St-Luc, Bella Tola

Turn-by-turn directions

The first climb of the stage is quite difficult, but probably one of the most beautiful in the region. On the climb to Moosalp, you will discover stunning scenery and untouched landscapes that will make you enjoy every kilometre of effort. The descent into the villages of Zenhäausern and Bürchen will leave you feeling suspended over the Rhone Valley. As you pedal towards Sierre, you pass by the Pfyn Forest, a nature reserve with some unique vegetation. Entering the Val d’Anniviers is not easy, but the switchbacks that take you up to Niouc are worth the effort! Once the first section of the climb is conquered, the road is less steep along the side of the rocky valley until Vissoie. But the last kilometres leading to St-Luc will require some leftover strength in the legs.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

CFF train to Brig via the Lötschberg (from Bern) or Sion (from Lausanne).

Getting there

From Sierre follow route 9 until Brig.

Parking

This tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at the train stations of Brig, follow the local park routeing to access them. 

Coordinates

DD
46.318866, 7.988887
DMS
46°19'07.9"N 7°59'20.0"E
UTM
32T 422158 5129973
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000

Equipment

We 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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dada 1
July 26, 2016 · Community
Habe die Tour gestern von Salgesch via Visp - Stalden - Moosalp - Bürchen - Turtmann - Salgesch gemacht. Rund 92km. Der Start von Salgesch nach Visp verläuft relativ flach zu 90% auf Nebenstrassen oder Autofreien Strassen. Wer dem Verkehr zwischen Visp und Stauden ausweichen will, fährt rechts der Vispa von Visp nach Stalden, muss aber mit einem Teil nicht geteerter Strasse vorlieb nehmen. Die alte Strasse (ehemalige Strasse nach Zermatt) entschädigt aber für den kurzen Schotterabschnitt. Alternativ bleibt der Weg via der Kantonsstrasse Richtung Zermatt. Aufstieg nach Moosalp ist steil aber mit wunderschöner Aussicht. Retour via Bürchen, Unterbäch, Eischoll via Turtmann nach Salgesch mit zur Belohnung einer Weindegustation in einem der vielen Kellereien!
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Rhone zwischen Salgesch & Susten
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Walk of fame Gampel (Open Air)
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Rhonedamm zwischen Gampel & Raron
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Kreisel Eingangs Raron
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von Visp nach Stalden
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Alte Brücke vor Stalden
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Alte Strasse hoch nach Stalden
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Oberhalb von Törbel Richtung Moosalp
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Restaurant Moosalp - tolle Küche - sehr freundliche Bedienung
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Retour Richtung Rhonetal via Bürchen
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
91.4 km
Duration
6:30h
Ascent
2642 m
Descent
1673 m
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