Easy trip from Leukerbad via the idyllic mountain village of Albinen to Leuk. Superb views of the cliffs above Leukerbad and down to the Pfyn/Finges forest in the Rhône valley.
Distance 14.1 km
The ride starts in the thermal spa resort of Leukerbad. The route initially leads through the old village and past the resort’s historical Maison Blanche hotel before following a simple track through the meadows to the “Albinenleitern”. These are vertical wooden ladders that allow hikers to negotiate the cliffs, but mountain bikers have an alternative: a side road that climbs up to the base station of the Flaschen–Torrentalp gondola and the Restaurant Flaschen. From here, delightful singletrack trails with easy obstacles lead to Albinen. This mountain village is a gem full of charm dating back to the 11thCentury, when residents of Leukerbad settled the area and started cultivating the surrounding land. After a short break in Albinen, the route continues through a beautiful forest down to St. Barbara. From here, you ride past sunny vineyards to Leuk and then on to Susten.
At the end of your ride, before returning home, call in at the Mathieu bakery in Susten to buy delicious Valais rye bread AOP and a variety of products made with grape seeds.
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.
After leaving the village of Leukerbad, the route initially leads gently downhill along a simple meadow track on the eastern side of the Dala valley as far as the Albinen ladders. Next comes a short climb of about 280 vertical metres along a minor road up to the base station of the Torrent gondola at Flaschen. Here, you turn off onto a beautiful singletrack trail which leads across the slopes to above Dorbu. To continue to Albinen, you then have to follow the main road below for a short while. After passing through the pretty mountain village of Albinen and crossing the Miligrabu ravine, the route continues along unpaved tracks and a flowing singletrack trail to St. Barbara. Take care: here you have to cross the main road to Leukerbad, with fast traffic. You then ride along the high trail above Leuk enjoying beautiful views of this historical small town. Finally, the route continues down to the river Rhône and Leuk railway station – which is located in Susten.
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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.