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Valais Cycling Tour: Leukerbad - Oberwald (stage 3)

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  • Moosalp
    / Moosalp
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / View on the Pfyn Forest on the descent from Leukerbad to Leuk
    Photo: Christian Ziörjen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Ritzinger Feldkapelle
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Obergoms
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / "Hohe Brücke" between Leuk and Erschmatt
    Photo: Christian Ziörjen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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From the spa resort of Leukerbad to the banks of the Rhone River, stage three takes you all the way to Oberwald at the foot of Swiss mountain passes of legend (Nufenen, Grimsel and Furka). On route, you will be steps away from the magnificent Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
difficult
Distance 99 km
6:00 h
2,029 m
2,046 m
1,495 m
623 m
From Leukerbad, you descend along the side of the mountain above the right bank of the Rhone River into the town of Brig. Afterwards, the route climbs slowly, step-by-step, into the town of Oberwald. An added bonus of this route is the inclusion of several stretches of “white roads,” graded gravel paths to add a bit of excitement to your journey. Between Betten and Martisberg, then from Steinhaus to Oberwald, you can enjoy a series of good quality gravel roads, giving you an exceptional experience in the Alps!

Author’s recommendation

After the first 16.8km, you will pass near a historic bridge called the “Hohe Brücke” over the Feschilju River. Not for those with vertigo!
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Flaschen/Albinen, 1,495 m
Lowest point
Gampel, 623 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).

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Start

Leukerbad, Rathausstrasse 4-8, 3954 Leukerbad (1,380 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'614'510E 1'136'488N
DD
46.379606, 7.627242
DMS
46°22'46.6"N 7°37'38.1"E
UTM
32T 394433 5137141
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Destination

Oberwald, Furkastrasse 10

Turn-by-turn directions

After being rejuvenated by the thermal baths of Leukerbad, your climb along the Rhone River will take you on a voyage of discovery to some unusual places in the Upper Valais. The route passes near the entrance of the Lötschberg railway, the tunnel that connects the cantons of Valais and Bern. You will also ride just below the mighty Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a small road that takes you through the peaceful villages of Mörel, Betten and Martisberg. Then as you climb into the Goms Valley, you will ride through numerous quaint little villages typical of the region before arriving in Oberwald.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

CFF train until Leuk, then bus until Leukerbad.

Getting there

From route 9 direction Brig or Sierre, in Susten take a right at the roundabout towards Leukerbad for 18km.

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 Leukerbad, follow the local park routeing to access them. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'614'510E 1'136'488N
DD
46.379606, 7.627242
DMS
46°22'46.6"N 7°37'38.1"E
UTM
32T 394433 5137141
w3w 
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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.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
99 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
2,029 m
Descent
2,046 m
Highest point
1,495 m
Lowest point
623 m
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