This Valais Alpine Bike stage takes you along the route of the UCI 2019 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships and brings you to the enchanting Gibidum Pass and the lake of the same name.
For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike route, you set off from the village of Grächen along a 4x4 road towards Gasenried. The first highlight is a magnificent descent towards Mattsand on the Mattsand Enduro route. To reach Stalden further down the valley, take the Matterhorn Valley Trail, which follows the historic path lined with drystone walls that is included in Switzerland’s Federal Inventory of Historic Transport Routes. From Stalden, the cable car takes you to Gspon in just a few minutes. From the mountain station, the magnificent Gspon Panorama Bike route passes through the forest of Sädol before reaching – with a good deal of effort – the Gibidum Pass and its bucolic lake. The alpine scenery on this high plateau offers the perfect opportunity to stop for a contemplative moment against the backdrop of the Valais Alps. At this point you enter the wilderness of the Nanztal Valley. A steep but smooth descent takes you to the Nidristi alpine pasture before a last easy, top-quality trail leads to Brig, the destination of this stage.
After the gruelling altitude difference of the climb from Gspon, cool off in the mountain lake on the Gibidumpass amid the uniquely beautiful mountain world.
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.
In July 2022, the entire route of the Valais Alpine Bike will be signposted with the No. 41 sign.
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
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 information :
Valais 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; A6 to Spiez; follow the sign to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the sign to Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.
From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign to Sion/Sierre; Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.
From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign to Visp; St. Niklaus; Grächen.
Follow the directions for parking in Visp, St. Niklaus or Grächen. For this stage of the Valais Alpine Bike Tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Brig or Visp and travel to Grächen by public transport (SBB train/MGB train/postal bus). Remember to reserve a place for your mountain bike on the St. Niklaus-Grächen line on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).
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