One of the most popular routes in central Valais: from Crans-Montana to the Merdechon mountain pasture and Cabane de la Tièche, then on the La Tièche plateau and to Leuk/Susten on varied, technical trails.
Moderately difficult technically and physically, this itinerary crosses the sunny Crans-Montana and Leuker Sonnenberge region. It is a varied route that starts below the Petit Mont Bonvin and leads to the idyllic alpine pasture of Merdechon and then to the Cabane de la Tièche. The La Tièche plateau is the first highlight as well as the highest point of the ride, at almost 2,000 metres. A little action awaits you on the way down to the winemaking village of Varen, where you have to cross a stream bed, master rocky passages, winding sections through forests and a few ramps. Before arriving in Susten, be sure to stop for a culture break and visit to Leuk (Loèche) Castle. The glass dome, designed by architect Mario Botta, is the crowning glory. Take the Leuk-Leukerbad bus line to get to the thermal resort at Leukerbad or cycle from Susten or Leuk along the "Dala Bärgüf" route.
Option: if you want to add a little extra elevation to your day, do a few runs on the Leukerbad flowtrail.
The Cabane de la Tièche is an ideal place to stop before starting the descent to Varen.
Rest stopsHameau de Colombire
Cave du Sex
Cabane de la Tièche
Bed and Breakfast Zum Schleif
Restaurant de la Poste
Restaurant zur Grotte
Follow the Valais Alpine Bike route no. 41 in Mountainbiking in Switzerland. View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41.
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
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Valais Alpine Bike regional route: see full itinerary
View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41
From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow the signs for Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.
From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.
From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway towards Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs for Sion/Sierre; Sierre-Crans-Montana.
P+Rail Sierre : Place de la Gare 6, 3960 Sierre
Parking train station Sierre : Route de la Mondérêche 5, 3960 Sierre.
For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Leukerbad and then take the train (SBB) to Sierre station and the funicular (SMC Sierre-Montana) to Montana Village.
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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.
- 12 Waypoints
- 12 Waypoints