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Mountain Bike

Tour des Etablons

Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • Mountain Bike at La Tzoumaz
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    Photo: David Carlier, La Tzoumaz Tourisme
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    Photo: Melody Sky, La Tzoumaz Tourisme
  • / Mountainbiking in the La Tzoumaz region
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
  • / Mountain Bike, La Tzoumaz
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion - David Carlier
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This loop offers an 8 km ascent to the high altitude Chez Simon restaurant, before reaching La Tzoumaz by an old forest road above Saxon.

moderate
17.2 km
1:59 h
755 m
756 m

From the start of the cable car from La Tzoumaz-Savoleyres, this route quickly joins the Croix de Cœur road, then climbs 8 km, successively crossing mountain pastures and larch forests. Turn off shortly before the pass to access Chez Simon restaurant located at an altitude of 2076 metres, the highest point on the route. The itinerary continues with a dirt road towards Sapinhaut, then gives way to a fairly steep descent up to La Vatse clearing. It then takes a slightly uphill forest road towards La Tzoumaz, traversing three small tunnels to Som de Pro. The last kilometre is on the main road and leads back to the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Stop by Chez Simon restaurant to taste his excellent apple pie.

Difficulty
S0 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Les Etablons de Riddes, 2102 m
Lowest point
La Vatse, 1366 m
Best time of year
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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.

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 about the destination:

La Tzoumaz

Start

La Tzoumaz, cable car departure station (1515 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.145933, 7.232531
UTM
32T 363501 5111780

Destination

La Tzoumaz, cable car departure station

Turn-by-turn directions

From La Tzoumaz, this itinerary leads quickly out of the resort and joins the Croix de Cœur road where your ascent begins. The climb through the forests is made up of several bends and is the highlight of the Tour des Stations. Please note that the surface allows you to do this ascent both on a mountain bike and with a road bike. Shortly before arriving at the pass, the route turns right to reach the restaurant Chez Simon, where you can take a break to refresh yourself. The route then goes down by an old, rather steep mountain pasture road to La Vatse, then reaches La Tzoumaz via a slightly uphill forest road. Join the main road for the last kilometre that will take you back to your starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Head for the TRI Riddes-Isérables cable car station from the Swiss National Railways main station in Riddes. Take the cable car to Isérables, then the post bus to La Tzoumaz. Exit at the Tzoumaz-Télécabine stop.

Getting there

Exit the A9 motorway at Riddes and take the Route des Mayens to La Tzoumaz.

Parking

Place de l'Eterpey has a large car park with unlimited duration free of charge as you enter La Tzoumaz. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Check out the Valais mountain bike map for the best routes in the whole region.

The tourist office at La Tzoumaz provides brochures for mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1326 Rosablanche / 1305 Dents de Morcles


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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
17.2 km
Duration
1:59h
Ascent
755 m
Descent
756 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Faunistic highlights Cableway ascent/descent

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