High above the Rhone valley, along magical Valais singletracks, discover hidden Alpine charms as you ride past idyllic mountain villages and through cultural landscapes.
Distance 29.2 km
Take the cable car from Leukerbad (Leukerbad) to the Rinderhütte, the starting point of a singletrack featuring magnificent views of the Rhone valley and the surrounding 4,000-metre peaks. Your route is varied and offers descents into subalpine terrain below Schafberg, followed by short climbs. From Bachalp, walk through fragrant pine forests and admire the view from the Rhone plain to the Mont Blanc massif. Follow playful paths filled with natural obstacles that take you on a discovery of the Alps and idyllic mountain villages. Dating from the 1970s, the satellite dishes at Leuk have been the subject of many rumours about American espionage. Immerse yourself in the city's cultural and historical past and don't miss a visit to Leuk Castle, with its glass dome designed by the famous architect Mario Botta.
At the end of the day, stop at Brentjong to take an unusual photo with Leuk's famous satellite dishes in the background.
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.
The Torrent cable cars take your mountain bike from Leukerbad to Rinderhütte, where your route begins, at no extra cost. Set off on a singletrack with a magnificent view of the Rhone Valley and the 4000-metre peaks of the Valais, leading you first to Oberu and then to Bachalp. From there, you alternate between short climbs and descents as you ride along the edge of the forest to "Undri Fäsilalpu". You then descend a newly renovated singletrack on the fringes of the forest to Brentschen and pedal through pine forests to Feschel, before reaching an idyllic lake with a rest area in Guttet. The penultimate stage passes through the satellite dishes west of Thel, then you reach Leuk via a beautiful singletrack alongside the main road. Finally, make a last stop at one of the restaurants in Leuk's old town, before following the Veloland no. 72 "Chemin du Vignoble" cycle path to Susten railway station.
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Take the train (SBB) to Leuk, then the bus (LLB) from Leuk station to Leukerbad, Albinen, Inden or Varen.
It is advisable to book your transport by 4pm the previous evening via resabike.
From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 tp Spiez; direction Kandersteg; car transport Kandersteg - Goppenstein; direction Gampel; Leuk - Leukerbad
From Geneva: A1 motorway to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Leuk - Leukerbad
From Milan: A8/A26 motorway direction Simplon; car transport Iselle-Brig; Direction Leuk - Leukerbad
Torrent ski lift car park or various parking options in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local parking guidance system.
Car parks in Leukerbad :
- Alpentherme car park
- Leukerbad Thermal Baths car park
- Town Hall car park
- Sportarena car park
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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The tourist office in Susten, located near the railway station, or the one in Leukerbad, makes available a range of informative documents and brochures about mountain biking in the destination and can give you detailed information about the route.