An impressive circuit tour through Alpine pastures, larch forests and mountain villages, with tough climbs, flowing descents and amazing view of the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks.
Distance 47.9 km
First take the Postauto from Visp to Bürchen, where the tour begins. After a short stretch of trail leading to Unterbach, the tour passes through Schlüechtgartu to Eischoll. It then crosses through the heart of the village before heading up to the mountain station of the Striggen chairlift and on to Ginals. Without ever losing sight of the majestic Bietschhorn, the route continues to Gibidum, where the “Magic Trail” begins its winding descent to Brandalp. The tour then heads back to Bürchen via a gravel road. If you still have strength in your legs, you can then cycle the roughly 500 altitude metres to Moosalp – if not, you can make the journey via Postauto. The trail fun starts at Moosalp: a flowing single trail leads through a beautiful larch forest to Zeneggen via Törbel. A climb through the Mittlere Hellela nature reserve takes you back to Bürchen. There are excellent trails available from Zeneggen or Bürchen to make the journey back to Visp.
It’s worth visiting the “Urchigs Terbil” open-air museum in Törbel to get an insight into daily life in the Valais mountain village of yesteryear.
Update: November 17, 2021
Safety informationUse 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.
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Getting thereIdeally go to Visp.
ParkingParking spaces available at Visp railway station, direct connection by postal bus to Bürchen.
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EquipmentWe 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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
- 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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