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  • Bikers in the region of Varen, Flottuwald
    / Bikers in the region of Varen, Flottuwald
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Situation map Valais Alpine Bike
    Photo: Valais
  • / Mountain bikers in the Lötschental, Bietschhorn Bike
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mountain bikers on the Torrenttrail at the beginning of the route
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers in front of the Maria zum Schnee chapel, Faldumalp, Lötschental
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mountain bikers on one of the many Singletrails of the itinerary
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers on the Torrenttrail at the beginning of the route
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers, Wichilwald / Bürchen
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers in the Grächen region
    Photo: Marco Schnyder, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Marco Schnyder
  • / Mountain bikers crossing the village of Grimentz
    Photo: Phillippe Woodtli, Switzerland Tourism - Phillippe Woodtli
  • / Mountain bikers in the Lötschental, Bietschhorn Bike
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mountain bikers taking the Lauchernalp cable car, Lötschental
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mountain bikers at Corne de Sorebois - Barrage de Moiry, Val d'Anniviers
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais
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Set off on an alpine crossing on the new Valais Alpine Bike regional mountain bike route, which features some of the most beautiful singletrails in the Valais.
moderate
Distance 316.7 km
25:25 h
5,570 m
13,610 m
2,856 m
522 m
From Crans-Montana to Brig via the Leukerbad region, Moosalp, Grächen and the Lötschental and Val d'Anniviers valleys, ride your mountain bike along the most beautiful trails in the Valais on the new regional Valais Alpine Bike route. The route takes in the best Alpine singletrails overlooking the Rhone Valley and its side valleys. And to avoid a few difficult climbs, you can use several lifts and public transport for maximum fun. The highlights of this multi-day mountain bike tour are the discovery of the Tièche valley, the panoramic crossing from Rinderhütte to Jeizinen, the Gibidum pass and its eponymous lake, as well as the splendid trails in the Lötschental and the Val d'Anniviers, surrounded by Alpine peaks.

Author’s recommendation

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

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Author
Nancy Pellissier
Update: April 20, 2022
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Corne de Sorebois, 2,856 m
Lowest point
Sierre, 522 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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

The stages of Valais Alpine Bike:

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

Start

Montana Gare (1,472 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'603'887E 1'129'080N
DD
46.313115, 7.489103
DMS
46°18'47.2"N 7°29'20.8"E
UTM
32T 383669 5129947
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Destination

Grimentz

Turn-by-turn directions

From Crans-Montana, discover the Tièche valley, before descending through a pine forest to the village of Varen. A bus takes you to Leukerbad, from where you leave the next day for the Rinderhütte mountain station. Take the Torrenttrail Bike and ride through the villages of Erschmatt and Niedergampel to the plain. Cross the Rhone Valley and take the cable car from Raron to Unterbäch. The next day, take the Brandalp chairlift and cycle to the Moosalp Pass along part of the Moosalp Plateau Bike. Dive into the Mattertal and reach St. Niklaus on the Matterhorn Valley Trail, from where the post bus to Grächen awaits you. On the next day, enjoy a superb descent via the Mattsand Enduro route. Reach Stalden and take the cable car to the Gspon heights. Follow the Gspon Panorama Bike to the Gibidum Pass before plunging into the Nantzal valley to Brig. The next day, you reach the Lötschental by panorama train and then by bus. After a mountain bike ascent to Lauchernalp, continue uphill and then head down towards the village of Blatten (Lötschen) where this leg ends. For the second day in the Lötschental, from the top of the Lauchernalp cable car, follow the Bietschhorn Bike to Faldumalp, then through various villages to Sierre. Return to St-Luc by bus and finish your mountain bike tour by exploring the Val d'Anniviers. After a funicular ride up to Tignousa, follow the Chemin des Planètes, cross the Lâche forest, descend to Mottec and return to Zinal. Finally, from the top of the Sorebois cable car, descend towards the Moiry lake before reaching the village of Grimentz.

The stages of Valais Alpine Bike:

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

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Sierre/Siders (SBB) and then the funicular SMC (Sierre-Crans-Montana) directly to Crans-Montana (Montana Gare).

Getting there

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.

Parking

P+Rail Sierre: Place de la Gare 6, 3960 Sierre

Parking train station Sierre: Route de la Mondérêche 5, 3960 Sierre.

If you are doing the Valais Alpine Bike from Crans-Montana to Grimentz (7 stages), we recommend that you park your car in Sierre and take the funicular to Montana (SMC Sierre-Montana).

Don’t forget to book a place for your mountain bike on the bus lines along the Valais Alpine Bike route on the Resabike platform (www.resabike.ch).

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'887E 1'129'080N
DD
46.313115, 7.489103
DMS
46°18'47.2"N 7°29'20.8"E
UTM
32T 383669 5129947
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

The tourist offices along the Valais Bike route can provide you with brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1287 Sierre
  • 2527 Lötschental
  • 1288 Raron
  • 1308 St. Niklaus
  • 1289 Brig

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
316.7 km
Duration
25:25 h
Ascent
5,570 m
Descent
13,610 m
Highest point
2,856 m
Lowest point
522 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip Summit route Singletrail/Free ride Pump track Linear route Downhill

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