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Stoneman Glaciara

· 2 reviews · Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • View to the Aletsch Glacier
    / View to the Aletsch Glacier
    Photo: Stoneman Glaciara
  • Historical village with sunburnt chalets in Bellwald
    / Historical village with sunburnt chalets in Bellwald
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • Ascent from Fiescheralp to Märjela
    / Ascent from Fiescheralp to Märjela
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • Bridge at the village of Binn
    / Bridge at the village of Binn
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • Technical trail from Märjela to Moosfluh
    / Technical trail from Märjela to Moosfluh
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • Blausee with view on the Matterhorn
    / Blausee with view on the Matterhorn
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • / View to the Aletsch Glacier from Moosfluh
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
  • / Trail between Reckingen and Bellwald
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Stoneman Glaciara
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127 km and 4,700 spectacular meters of elevation gain among glaciers, countless 4,000-meter peaks and the enchanting mysticism of centuries-old mountain villages – this is the Stoneman Glaciara, Roland Stauder’s exclusive mountain bike experience in Switzerland.

difficult
126.4 km
12:00 h
4600 m
4600 m

The Stoneman route leads through three balanced stages, up into the Aletsch region and back to Mörel. With almost 1,600 meters of elevation gain, the most challenging ascent follows: an old military road leads steeply up to Breithorn pass at an altitude of 2,451 m. Next comes the descent into the Binntal valley. From then on, it follows the Rhone river towards Obergoms – through ancient, mystical villages, past monuments steeped in history and by inviting cafes.

Stoneman Glaciara is calling! Calling on adventurous mountain bikers ready for a very special challenge in the midst of spectacular scenery.

Author’s recommendation

The tour can be finished in two to four daily stages. Accommodation is available at the villages along the tour.

Difficulty
S3 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Breithorn, 2452 m
Lowest point
Mörel, 757 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Gletscherstube

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.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

More information: 

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Start

Different starting points (1635 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.428421, 8.164132
UTM
32T 435778 5141989

Destination

Different points of arrival

Turn-by-turn directions

Moosfluh - Breithorn 

The long descent from Moosfluh past Riederalp and Greich to Mörel requires your highest concentration. In some places, short technical passages have to be traversed. In the valley basin, the route changes to the shadow-side of the Rhone, leading below Bister towards Grengiols over mostly flat terrain. The steep slope of Grengiols always raises the pulse a few notches. A mostly flat asphalt section then leads to Breithorn. And here it begins – the Stoneman Glaciara’s Alpe d’Huez! After a seemingly endless steep climb (1,450 meters of elevation gain and 14 cutbacks) up a WWII-era military road, the route reaches the Breithorn Pass, the roof of the Stoneman Glaciara (2,451 m above sea level).

Breithorn - Binn 

From here, the route takes a long descent (12 km) through fields and gravel roads to Heiligkreuz – once a popular pilgrimage site. The Stoneman Glaciara continues in Binntal Landschaftspark. Over a short intermediate ascent, it approaches the village of Binn, the starting point to the village of “Im Feld” and Binntal. The original mountain villages with their old houses of dark larch wood served as lodging for the „Strahlers“ (shining men) as they uncovered rare minerals. 

Binn - Reckingen 

The first part of the stage runs downhill on an asphalt road. The route branches off to the left to bypass a tunnel. It crosses the beautiful, narrow Twingi gorge on a fortified path. The abyss of the Binna creek lying about 200 m below comes in and out of view. This is followed by a short, asphalted section before the Stoneman Glaciara, running above Ausserbinn, continues along a beautiful path towards Ernen. Ernen – once the ecclesiastical and cultural center of Goms – is the bearer of the Wakker Prize for its particularly well-preserved historical village center. The route now more or less follows the course of the Rhone – upstream through Mühlebach (village center with the oldest wooden houses in Switzerland) – Steinhaus – Bodmen near Blitzingen to Reckingen. 

Reckingen - Bellwald

In Reckingen, the Stoneman Glaciara switches again to the sunny side of high valley. It passes many mountain villages (Gluringen, Ritzingen, Biel, Selkingen, Blitzingen) that characterize the local cultural heritage with their traditional, ancient larch houses and dense village centers. Asphalt roads lead to Niederwald. Cäsar Ritz – king of hoteliers and hotelier of kings – grew up in Niederwald. The mountain village has been preserved in its original state and unique aura. The route leaves the village with a tough ascent up to Bellwald (300 meters of elevation gain) through a fir and larch forest.

Bellwald - Märjela 

Starting from Bellwald, the sun terrace of Goms with its charming, old village center, the Stoneman Glaciara runs more or less flat, switching between road, unpaved path and trail through the villages of Ried, Eggen and down to Bodmen. Next follows a local favorite trail along a glacial moraine. A wide path, interspersed with many roots, leads through a beautiful forest. It soon turns right towards Fieschertal. After a flat section though the villages of Fiesch and Lax, the first challenging ascent leads up about 1,200 meters to Fiescheralp. At the top, the route passes the cable car station and heads North towards Märjela, mostly flat at first, then briefly sloping to a tunnel entrance. This adventurous mountain route (about 1 km long, cool and sparsely lit) ends directly at checkpoint Märjela.

Märjela - Moosfluh 

Marjela, a truly mystical place! Along the Gratzug, where a glacial lake formed long ago, legend has it that enchanted souls came out of the ice at night. Even today, the Large Aletsch Glacier radiates a magical allure. The short walk to this spectacular view is a must! The view of hundreds of meters of ice and gaping glacial fissures commands wonder. The Aletschhorn rises high above the scene. The route begins on narrow paths along the eastern face of the Eggishorn and runs down to Fiescheralp. Careful! After a flat approach, a demanding passage follows, part of which has to be walked. Onward through an alpine landscape, following signs for Bettmeralp and Riederalp. These trails make every mountain biker’s heart beat faster. The Stoneman Glaciara leads up a last steep climb to the Blausee and on to Moosfluh, once again rewarding the effort with a unique view of the Large Aletsch Glacier.

Public transport

CFF train to Brig via the Lötschberg (from Bern) or Sion (from Lausanne). Then take the regional trains (and cable car) to your departure. 

Getting there

From Sierre follow route 9 until Brig. Then take route 19 (direction Furka Pass) to your departure destination. The villages around the Aletsch Glacier (Aletsch Arena) are car free, access by cable car only. 

Parking

Follow the local car park routeing at the chosen destination for departure. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Landeskarten 1:25'000 SwissTopo: 1269 Aletschgletscher

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Questions & answers

Question of Walter Vollmer · July 29, 2019 · Community
Gibts unterwegs Quellen zum Getränke auffüllen z.B. zum Breithornpass ?
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Answer by Ralf Quaas  · July 29, 2019 · Community
Du bekommst mit der Anmeldung eine Tourkarte mit allen Wasserstellen. Zu den Zapfstellen in der Karte gibt es weitere nicht eingezeichnete. Auf dem Weg zum Breithorn ist die Versorgung dünner, es gibt nach ca. 30-40% des Anstiegs einen Brunnen am Weg. Da hier keine Rindviecher grasen ist das Wasser auch gut.

Reviews

5.0
(2)
Thomas Kembügler
Past 2 days · Community
Die ultimative Stoneman Runde und ein echter Stoneman-Trail mit teils epischen kilometerlangen Singletrails. Aber auch recht heftigen und, wie schon beschrieben, ziemlich verblockten und selbst mit einem Enduro unfahrbahreb Abschnitten. Insgesamt eine tolle Mischung aus Allem. Und das entscheidende Kriterium bei den Runden von Roland Stauder: ultra viel Augenschmaus!!! Ich bin die Tour Mitte Oktober noch bei Traumwetter gefahren. Ich kann nur raten, wie ich auf gutes Wetter zu warten. Das gehört zum Genuss. Und unbedingt Zeitdruck vermeiden ☝️ Auch wenn die Tage im Sommer länger sind, man bleibt häufig stehen zum Schauen und Fotografieren.
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Twingischlucht Römerbrücke
Photo: Thomas Kembügler, Community
Fiescher Gletscher
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Trail vom Marjäla runter
Photo: Thomas Kembügler, Community
Aletschgletscher
Photo: Thomas Kembügler, Community
Blick vom Breithorn rüber auf die andere Seite
Photo: Thomas Kembügler, Community
Abfahrt vom Breithorn nach Heiligkreuz
Photo: Thomas Kembügler, Community
Ralf Quaas 
July 14, 2019 · Community
Eine geniale Tour mit viel Schweiß. Wir haben an drei Orten übernachtet. Der Gepäcktransport ins mit 35 Franken je Station und Person relativ teuer. Deshalb würde ich bei einer erneuten Planung ein Basishotel im Tal buchen. Familiengeführt und gut waren das Hotel Bellwald und vor BerglandHof Hotel Erner Garten mit einer sehr guten, ursprünglichen Küche. Eine Übernachtung in Mörel/Breiten kann ich nicht empfehlen. Dort gab es Sonntagabend gegen 20:00 Uhr nur ein Restaurant mit Fish-Nuggets :-( Wenige Passagen hinter dem Märjela und zum Moosfluh sind verblockt und nicht fahrbar. Die Talseite Breithorn ist zu 100 % fahrbar aber schweißtreibend. Wir hatten Anfang Juli noch wenige Schneefelder die überwindbar waren.
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Done at July 13, 2019
Bellwald
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Märjela Tunnel - stockduckel, wenig beleuchet und der Boden nass
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Fieschergletscher
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Grosser Aletschgletscher
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Photo: Ralf Quaas, Community
Abfahrt Breithorn
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Marcel H
September 10, 2018 · Community
Great experience. Great signed. Challenging climbing parts. Some trails with consequences always stay concentrated. Added some more comments in another stoneman tour page.
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Done at September 06, 2018

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Reviews
Difficulty
S3 difficult
Distance
126.4 km
Duration
12:00 h
Ascent
4600 m
Descent
4600 m
Loop Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip

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