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Valais Alpine Bike 6. Blatten (Lötschen) - St-Luc

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  • Underi Meiggu mountain pasture
    / Underi Meiggu mountain pasture
    Photo: Jan Oggier, Alpine-Trails
  • / Path between the Underi Meiggu mountain pasture and Jeizinen
    Photo: Jan Oggier, Alpine-Trails
  • / Bietschhorn Bike trail with the Bietschhorn in the background
    Photo: Marco Schnyder, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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This stage takes you to the magical Lötschental valley, before returning to the town of Sierre via the sunny, wine-growing slopes of the Rhône valley.
moderate
Distance 47.1 km
5:30 h
1,315 m
2,905 m

Start this leg by cycling to Wiler and taking the cable car which will get you to Lauchernalp in a few minutes. Get your calves going with the first ascent to Lauchernalp and enjoy the view of the Bietschhorn, before starting the fun part of the day with the Bietschhorn Bike, a newly developed trail for mountain bikers, which offers a “flowy” ride through the Lötschental Alps to Faldumalp. Head up to Oberi Meiggu and continue with a descent through the forest to Jeizinen. You’ll pass through various villages before reaching the town of Leuk with its imposing town hall and castle. Along the sunny slopes of the Rhone Valley, you will reach the wine-growing villages of Varen and Salgesch before ending your excursion in Sierre. The post bus will take you to the stopover village of St-Luc in the Val d'Anniviers.

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss the Alpine village of Erschmatt with its rye museum, along with the historic town of Loèche.
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Author
Nancy Pellissier
Update: October 19, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Obere Meiggu, 2,253 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 524 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Aug
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Dec

Rest Stop

Zudili
Bärgsunna
Hockenalp
Guesthouse Kummenalp
Restialp
Buffet Jeizinen (Panoramarestaurant)
Hotel-Restaurant Bielti
Restaurant Traube Locher René
Restaurant de la Poste
Restaurant Krone
Restaurant zur Grotte
Restaurant de la Poste
Bed and Breakfast Zum Schleif
Restaurant Varensis
Restaurant-zur-Sonne
Adventure Hotel Arkanum - Restaurant Höllenwein
Lac de Géronde

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.

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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 about the destination:

Lötschental

Gampel-Bratsch-Jeizinen

Leuk/Susten

Sierre

Val d’Anniviers

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary

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

Start

Blatten (Lötschen) (1,541 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'283E 1'141'092N
DD
46.420542, 7.819544
DMS
46°25'14.0"N 7°49'10.4"E
UTM
32T 409289 5141451
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Destination

St-Luc

Turn-by-turn directions

Ride your mountain bike to the start of the Wiler cable car. Your route starts at the top of the Lauchernalp gondola, where you will take the Bietschhorn Bike trail, which has recently been developed for mountain biking. After the first ascent to Lauchernalp, cross the alpine meadows in the direction of Hockenalp, Kummenalp and Restialp, where you can take a break at one of the refreshment bars. The path continues to Faldumalp, where the wooden "Maria zum Schnee" chapel is located. From here, head up to the Oberi Meiggu mountain pasture and then down through the forest to the village of Jeizinen, where a short stretch on a tarred road takes you to the village of Engersch. Take the new official mountain bike route to Erschmatt, followed by a short climb on a winding road back to the villages of Feschel/Guttet, from where a new descent to Leuk begins, passing close to its famous antennae. Continue along the hillside to the villages of Varen and Salgesch, before returning to Sierre. At the end of the day, take the post bus from Sierre to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve your seat.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Brig (SBB) then the RegioExpress Lötschberger to Goppenstein, followed by the post bus to Wiler. Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the Goppenstein-Wiler line on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch). At the end of the day, take the post bus from Sierre to St-Luc. Don't forget to reserve your seat.

Getting there

From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; follow the signs to Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the signs to Wiler.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the signs to Sion/Sierre; Gampel; Goppenstein; Wiler.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway direction Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the signs to Visp; Gampel; Goppenstein; Wiler.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Gampel-Steg or Wiler. For this leg of the Valais Alpine Bike, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Sierre or Leuk and get to Wiler (Lötschental) using public transport (SBB and post bus). Remember to reserve a place for your bike on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch) for the Goppenstein-Wiler bus line.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'283E 1'141'092N
DD
46.420542, 7.819544
DMS
46°25'14.0"N 7°49'10.4"E
UTM
32T 409289 5141451
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

The tourist offices in Lötschental, in Sierre and in St-Luc have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2527 Lötschental, 1287 Sierre

Equipment

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.

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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
47.1 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
1,315 m
Descent
2,905 m
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