A technical enduro descent which, thanks to its sunny location, can be enjoyed from spring through autumn.
Distance 9.7 km
From Gampel, take the cable car to Jeizinen and start your adventure with a descent of around 900 metres. Ride along historic roads, then through the Furuwald forest, before reaching an old ruined building that you can pedal through. The route continues in the panoramic Pitschwald forest. Technically demanding passages over boulders and roots await you, while the view opens up over the valley. Once you have mastered these sections, take a short detour to the village of Bratsch and visit the "Rhone Terrace" observation platform near the church. The last section offers some technically challenging passages and a few hairpin bends, before continuing along the Jeizibärg path with its flowtrail. Enjoy a leisurely final stretch of your tour by following the path from Gampel to Jeizinen. Watch out, this trail is also used by many hikers.
Stop off in the village of Bratsch to visit the "Terrasse du Rhône" observation platform, which offers a panoramic 180-degree view of the Rhone valley.
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.
Cable car top station in Jeizinen (1507 m) (1,517 m)
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Gampel (626 m)
The route is signposted in one direction only:
Jeizinen - Obri Zälg - Bratsch - Gampel.
The first stage takes you along the Jeizibärg path to "Oberi Zälg". You then branch off to the west and cross the Furuwald forest. After passing a ruined building, several technically demanding passages follow on from each other over rocky ground. Two sections, secured by a steel cable, will oblige you to push your mountain bike for about 30 metres and then 20 more. Continue on the path from Bratsch to Gampel until you reach the junction with the wider Jeizibärg path, which is also very popular with hikers and therefore requires attention and respect. It is strongly recommended that you use your bell on this section. Finally, follow the Jeizibärg path, passing by a beautiful chapel and several sculptures along the wayside, to the village of Gampel. A left/right separation between hikers and cyclists offers additional safety.
all notes on protected areas
Gampel can be reached by train (SBB), then the cable car takes you to the starting point in Jeizinen.
From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; direction Kandersteg; car transport Kandersteg - Goppenstein; direction Gampel. From Gampel, cable car to Jeizinen.
From Geneva: Motorway A1 to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Gampel. From Gampel, cable car to Jeizinen.
When you take the cable car, the car park in Gampel is free of charge. With this in mind, please give the cable car staff your license plate number.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The Gampel-Bratsch tourist office can provide you with a range of informative documents and brochures about mountain biking in the destination.
Author’s map recommendations
Swisstopo national 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.
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