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Nessel loop trail

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The Nesselloop leads from Belalp to Birgisch via Nesselalp and offers bike fans a breathtaking panoramic view of the Valais mountains as well as a thrilling trail!
open
moderate
Distance 11.5 km
0:55 h
66 m
1,070 m
The Nessel loop trail takes you through alpine meadows, fields of blueberries and along the Nessjeri Suone (ancient irrigation channel) to Nesselalp. It is well worth taking a few minutes to take in the breath-taking panorama with the 18th century Maria of the Snow chapel in the foreground. From Nesselalp, the trail leads you over rock slabs and tree roots. As of Chittumatte, the trail gets stonier and dustier as you approach Birgisch. Advanced biking skills are required for the route between Belalp and Birgisch.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break in Nesselalp, which offers a spectacular view of the Aletsch Glacier and the surrounding peaks, before making the descent to Birgisch.
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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus
Update: August 31, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
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Highest point
2,098 m
Lowest point
1,091 m
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing

through. Please be considerate to walkers and 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

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: 

No 157 Nesselloop Bike

Start

Mountain station of the cable car on Belalp (2100m) (2,095 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'235E 1'135'748N
DD
46.371846, 7.974532
DMS
46°22'18.6"N 7°58'28.3"E
UTM
32T 421129 5135874
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Destination

Birgisch car park (1093m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is indicated by red signposts. An easy descent on a gravel road from the cable car mountain station takes you to the Kelchbach cable car and chair lift facilities. Follow the signs to reach Unner Staful on the Bäll alpine pasture. From there, cross the bridge over the Kelchbach river to rejoin the panoramic Nesselalp trail. Once you reach Nessel, you’ll pass in front of a small, rustic chapel before making your way down towards Birgisch. The path leading to Birgisch is fairly steep, but nonetheless easy to tackle. From Oberbrigisch, there are a number of possible routes for continuing towards Birgisch, Mund, Naters or Brig.

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Public transport

Blatten-Belalp

Blatten bei Naters ist ab Brig oder Naters mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln erreichbar. 

Die Belalp erreichen Sie ab Blatten mit der Luftseilbahn.

Birgisch

Fahren Sie mit dem Postauto von Brig bis nach Birgisch Parkplatz und starten Sie Ihre Tour dort.

Den Fahrplan und weitere Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie unter: www.belalp.ch

Getting there

Anreise mit dem Auto

Aus der Westschweiz: A9 Lausanne - Vevey, bzw. Nordwestschweiz: A12 Bern - Vevey: A9 - Sierre: Hauptstrasse Sierre - Brig

Aus der Nordwest-Schweiz: A6 Bern - Thun - Spiez: Hauptstrasse Spiez - Kandersteg (Autoverlad Lötschbergtunnel)- Goppenstein - Gampel - Brig

Aus der Ost- und Zentralschweiz: Andermatt - Realp (ganzjähriger Autoverlad Furka; im Sommer über Furkapass) - Oberwald - Brig

Aus dem Tessin (im Sommer): Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen – Brig

Oder via Centovalli – Domodossola – Simplonpass – Brig

Aus Italien (Aosta, Mt. Blanc Tunnel): Aosta - Tunnel Grand Saint Bernard (im Sommer über den Pass) - Martigny: Autobahn A9 - Sierre: Hauptstrasse Sierre – Brig

Oder via Domodossola – Simplonpass – Brig

Blatten bei Naters

Von Brig aus gelangen Sie über Naters nach Blatten bei Naters, anschliessend mit der Luftseilbahn auf die autofreie Belalp.

Parking

Gebührenpflichtige Parkplätze sind im Chienzlichrommu und im Parkhaus in Blatten bei Naters vorhanden.

Weitere Infos finden Sie unter:

www.belalp.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'235E 1'135'748N
DD
46.371846, 7.974532
DMS
46°22'18.6"N 7°58'28.3"E
UTM
32T 421129 5135874
w3w 
///september.hobbies.spit
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Blatten has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

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Equipment

We recommend bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the

weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Sabrina Calce
September 14, 2020 · Community
Super Tour, tolles Panorama!
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When did you do this route? September 13, 2020
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
0:55 h
Ascent
66 m
Descent
1,070 m
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