This day-ride of medium difficulty begins with a short climb up to Torrentalp. A singletrack trail takes you through a stretch of forest destroyed by fire in 2003.
Distance 26.5 km
The starting point for this tour is in the attractive village heart of Leukerbad. Right away, the route passes one of the thermal baths for which the resort is famous: the hot springs here have been known since Roman times. Next, a scenic climb along minor roads and alpine lanes leads to Torrentalp high above Leukerbad and Albinen. The magnificent views extend from the dramatic cliffs in the west to many of the 4,000-metre peaks of the southern Alps. The restaurant by the middle station of the gondola offers a chance to rest and enjoy refreshments. The ride continues along a beautiful high trail to “Undru Guggerhubel”, another superb vantage point that provides the route’s name. The singletrack trail that comes next is the highlight of the ride and leads through the Hewald forest – destroyed in a fire in 2003 – and on to Guttet-Feschel. Finally, the route passes through the delightful small town of Leuk, full of history, and down to Leuk railway station (in Susten).
In summer, riders can skip the climb from Flaschen to Torrentalp by taking the gondola – or even incorporate a descent of the Flowtrail Leukerbad.
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.
Starting in Leukerbad, the route first follows a flattish trail through the meadows to below the so-called Albinen ladders. From here, a paved road with a pleasant gradient climb to the base station of the Flaschen gondola. A steady ascent along an alpine road takes you to Torrentalp with glorious views. Next comes the fun and well-deserved descent: a surprisingly easy-to-ride singletrack trail with a perfect gradient leads via the Tschärmilonga alpine pastures and through the Hewald forest, burnt in a fire in 2003, and down to Guttet. The route then follows the road for a short while to Wiler. By the big transmitter antenna, you turn off onto a historical trail towards Oberrotafen. A final short climb by road takes you via Grächmatten to below Thel. From here, you follow the Torrenttrail and other singletrack trails to Leuk. Finally, ride through the historical small town, past the castle and down to the river Rhône. The route finishes at Leuk/Susten station.
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Take the train to Leuk (SBB) and then the bus (LLB – Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) from Leuk railway station direct to Leukerbad. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Leuk–Leukerbad bus via Resabike.
From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern, and then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow signs for Kandersteg; take the Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow signs for Gampel; then Leuk-Leukerbad.
From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow signs for Sion/Sierre; then Leuk-Leukerbad.
From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; take the Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; then follow signs for Leuk-Leukerbad.
There are various parking options at the Torrent gondola and cable car stations and in the village of Leukerbad. Follow local road signs for parking.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist offices in Susten (at Leuk railway station) and in Leukerbad (at the bus terminal) can supply information on mountain biking in the region and are happy to provide details of the Leuk Sonnenberge MTB trails.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2527 Lötschental
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.