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Bietschhorn Bike

Mountain Bike · Wiler (Lötschen)
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This scenic ride from Lauchernalp down to Wiler promises glorious panoramic views, notably of the Bietschhorn.
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
1:46 h
349 m
922 m
Known for its wealth of traditions and pristine natural landscapes, the Lötschental valley promises visitors a unique experience in every way. Mountain bike enthusiasts enjoy magnificent panoramic views and spectacular routes – such as the Bietschhorn Trail.

Author’s recommendation

The wooden chapels at Hockenalp and Faldumalp make beautiful photo subjects.
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Restialp, 2,116 m
Lowest point
Kippel, 1,379 m
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk. 

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Lötschental

 

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N°145 Bietschhorn Bike

Start

Lauchernalp (1,969 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'625'800E 1'140'041N
DD
46.411228, 7.774183
DMS
46°24'40.4"N 7°46'27.1"E
UTM
32T 405788 5140469
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Destination

Wiler

Turn-by-turn directions

The Trail starts at Lauchernalp, perched on a sunny terrace high above the valley floor and accessible by cable car. Pause to enjoy the superb mountain views taking in the Bietschhorn opposite, the iconic Weisshorn and Dent Blanche. Then mount your bike for the first section of route: a roughly level ride across the alpine pastures of the Lötschental. After Lauchernalp comes Hockenalp, with its beautiful wooden chapel; the trail then continues to Kummenalp and Restialp, where you will find mountain restaurants for a well-earned break and refreshments. The trail leads onwards to Faldumalp, whose pretty wooden chapel dedicated to “Mary of the snows”, makes a charming photo subject. This is the starting point for the descent to Ferden – whose village centre is also worth exploring, with buildings dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. Continue through Kippel, the village that serves as the valley’s administrative centre, to reach Wiler and the base station of the cable car. 

 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Postal bus every hour from Gampel/Steg via Goppenstein to Wiler. Descend at bus stop “Wiler, Talstation” by the cable car station.

Getting there

From Goppenstein drive up the Lötschental valley, through the villages of Ferden and Kippel to Wiler and the base station of the cable car.

Parking

Parking available (outdoor and indoor) at the valley station of the cable car; fee payable.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'625'800E 1'140'041N
DD
46.411228, 7.774183
DMS
46°24'40.4"N 7°46'27.1"E
UTM
32T 405788 5140469
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist offices in Wiler and Lauchernalp have a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1268 Lötchental

Equipment

We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • 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 Mountain Biking

  • 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
S2 moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
1:46 h
Ascent
349 m
Descent
922 m
Circular route Scenic Cableway ascent/descent Refreshment stops available Downhill Cultural/historical interest

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