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Valais Cycling Tour: Crans-Montana - Leukerbad (stage 2)

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  • Vineyards between Salgesch and Varen
    / Vineyards between Salgesch and Varen
    Photo: Céline Ribordy, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Vineyards between Varen and Leuk
    / Vineyards between Varen and Leuk
    Photo: Szymon Kotowski, szymonbike
  • Salgesch - Varen
    / Salgesch - Varen
    Photo: Céline Ribordy, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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From the high mountains surrounding Crans-Montana to the magnificent natural rock amphitheatre of Leukerbad. Stage 2 of the Valais Cycling Tour takes you down into Sierre, the city of the sun, then back up via the vineyards of Salquenen.

moderate
41.1 km
3:00 h
1249 m
1360 m

When leaving Crans-Montana, take the time to admire the numerous peaks above 4,000 metres during your 400m descent. After you dive into the Rhone Valley you will reach the town of Sierre before beginning the final ascent through the vineyards around the villages of Salqenen and Varen. Once above the road cuts into a cliff as you enter into the Leuk valley and into Leukerbad, famous for its thermal pools!

Author’s recommendation

Take a moment to stop at Plumachit and admire the beautiful landscape!

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Plumachit / Col de Crans-Motnana, 1804 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 540 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.

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

Crans-Montana, place d'Ycoor, Route du Rawyl 56, 3963 Montana (1502 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.312422, 7.480309
UTM
32T 382991 5129882

Destination

Leukerbad, Rathausstrasse 4-8, 3954 Leukerbad

Turn-by-turn directions

The second stage of the Valais Cycling Tour takes you out of Crans-Montana via a climb towards the new Crans-Montana pass. From the summit at Plumachit, enjoy the breath-taking view over the neighbouring mountains. A long descent takes you into Sierre before joining the village of Salgesh (Salquenen), renowned for its exceptional wines. After you will head towards Varen along a small road carved into the rock of an impressive cliff before entering the Leuk Valley. The last climb brings you into Leukerbad where thermal baths will help you relax for the next stage.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can reach the start of the tour by funicular, postcar or bus connections from Sierre to Crans-Montana. The funicular station is at about 5 minutes from Sierre station, you find it easily by following the red markings on the floor departing at the station. 

Getting there

Leave the highway A9 at Sierre-Ouest, then follow the national route via Sierre and Chermignon to Crans-Montana.

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 Sierre (Plaine Bellevue) or Leuk. There are parkings at Crans-Montana as well, follow the local park routeing to access them. 
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


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Steve Morabito
July 26, 2017 · Community
Point de vue magnifique, première parte de la descente jusqu à Aminona à être attentif puis reste de la descente sur route en parfait état! Montée sur Leukerbad en paliers. Apres la balade plongez vous resources dans une des nombreuses piscine thermale! Et faite le plein d'énergie autour d'un bon plat!!!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
41.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
1249 m
Descent
1360 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip

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