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Valais Alpine Bike 2. Leukerbad-Unterbäch

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  • Panorama from the beginning of the route
    / Panorama from the beginning of the route
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers on the Torrenttrail route
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / One of the many Singletrails of the itinerary
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Little break on the itinerary
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / One of the many Singletrails of the itinerary
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers on one of the many Singletrails of the itinerary
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers enjoying the view over the Rhone valley
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
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This stage is an extremely varied trail on a beautiful flowy route with panoramic views high above Leukerbad in the direction of Jeizinen, followed by a rocky descent to Gampel.
moderate
Distance 33 km
4:15 h
530 m
2,200 m

Starting at Leukerbad, the Torrent cable car takes you to Rinderhütte, standing at an altitude of over 2,300 metres. The route starts off right next to the lift station and follows the Torrenttrail Bike route, a flowy single trail with panoramic views over the 4,000-metre-high peaks of Valais and the Rhône Valley. After a section along the slope contour with a few climbs, you reach the alpine pasture of Untere Feselalp where you begin the descent into the Rhône Valley. You pass through the village of Erschmatt, where you can learn how to make rye bread. In Steg, visit the recently built pumptrack before continuing your ride to Raron. When you get there take the cable car to Unterbäch, where you will spend the night overlooking the Rhône Valley and opposite the Bietschhorn. Option: Option: Fancy some more downhill fun? The cable car takes you comfortably from Gampel to Jeizinen, where some varied trails await you.

Author’s recommendation

Stop at the Trächu Hittu restaurant in Untere Feselalp to enjoy an “assiette valaisanne” or a “croûte au fromage”.

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Author
Nancy Pellissier
Update: October 19, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Rinderhütte, 2,313 m
Lowest point
Niedergampel, 625 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Rinderhütte

Safety information

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.

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Tips and hints

Book one of the Valais Alpine Bike holiday offers! Choose between three, four or seven nights and enjoy some great riding days. You will be staying in bike hotels and will be provided with a daily luggage transport service; all that’s left for you to do is hit the trails! Go to www.visitvalais.ch/shop-valais-alpine-bike

More informations: 

 

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: Valais Alpine Bike no. 41 

Start

Leukerbad (2,310 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'616'144E 1'135'317N
DD
46.369038, 7.648441
DMS
46°22'08.5"N 7°38'54.4"E
UTM
32T 396043 5135939
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Destination

Unterbäch

Turn-by-turn directions

The Torrent cable car takes you to the Rinderhütte mountain station where this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike route begins. Follow the balcony trail overlooking the Rhone Valley. You pass through the villages of Oberu, Nivenalp and Bachalp in turn. Enjoy this route on the edge of the forest which alternates between undulating sections and a few short climbs. From Untere Feselalp, take the picture-postcard singletrail to Erschmatt. After passing through the village, the trail drops down on a gravelly but exhilarating slope to Niedergampel before leading into a flat road, mostly along the Rhone, as far as Raron. Take a cable car for the final leg between Raron and Unterbäch.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Leuk (SBB) and then the bus (LLB – Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) from Leuk railway station directly to Leukerbad. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Leuk to Leukerbad route on Resabike (www.resabike.ch).

Getting there

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow the sign for Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the sign for Gampel; Leuk-Leukerbad.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign for Sion/Sierre; Leuk-Leukerbad.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign for Leuk-Leukerbad.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Leuk or Leukerbad. For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike Tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Leuk or Gampel and travel to Leukerbad by public transport (SBB train). Don't forget to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the Leukerbad line: www.resabike.ch.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'616'144E 1'135'317N
DD
46.369038, 7.648441
DMS
46°22'08.5"N 7°38'54.4"E
UTM
32T 396043 5135939
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

 

Get the the Valais/Wallis mountain bike map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Leukerbad and in Unterbäch have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 2527 Lötschental

Equipment

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

Preparing for mountain bike outings

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
33 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
530 m
Descent
2,200 m
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