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Moosalp Plateau Bike

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  • Mountainbike, Bürchen
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  • / Mountainbike, Moosalp
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  • / Moosalp Plateau Tour
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  • / Mountain bikers along the bisse
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  • / Moosalp Bike Ride
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  • / Mountain biker at the Brig bus stop
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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.
difficult
Distance 47.9 km
7:25 h
1,872 m
1,872 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

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. 
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Nicolas Mari
Update: November 17, 2021
Difficulty
S1 difficult
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Highest point
Gibidum, 2,106 m
Lowest point
In der Bächi, 1,151 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:

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Start

Bürchen (1,442 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'547E 1'125'466N
DD
46.279963, 7.821988
DMS
46°16'47.9"N 7°49'19.2"E
UTM
32T 409245 5125828
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Destination

Bürchen

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is signposted in one direction only: Bürchen -> Unterbäch -> Eischoll -> Ginals -> Brandalp -> Bürchen -> Moosalp -> Törbel -> Zeneggen -> Bürchen

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can travel to our region comfortably and sustainably by public transport. Regular rail connections to Visp from across Switzerland. Continue by postal bus to Bürchen.

Getting there

Ideally go to Visp.

Parking

Parking spaces available at Visp railway station, direct connection by postal bus to Bürchen.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'547E 1'125'466N
DD
46.279963, 7.821988
DMS
46°16'47.9"N 7°49'19.2"E
UTM
32T 409245 5125828
w3w 
///weekday.marsh.idealist
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Bürchen has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1288 Raron / 1308 St-Niklaus

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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Rating

5.0
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Wolfgang Gleirscher 
August 08, 2021 · Outdooractive Editors
Sehr schön - downhills sind technisch ok, aber doch sehr steil. Fahrsicherheit sollte vorhanden sein um Spass zu haben
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When did you do this route? August 08, 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Gleirscher, Outdooractive Editors
Photo: Wolfgang Gleirscher, Outdooractive Editors
Photo: Wolfgang Gleirscher, Outdooractive Editors
Photo: Wolfgang Gleirscher, Outdooractive Editors

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Difficulty
S1 difficult
Distance
47.9 km
Duration
7:25 h
Ascent
1,872 m
Descent
1,872 m
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