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Valais Alpine Bike

Mountain Bike · Wallis
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  • Old village of Grimentz
    / Old village of Grimentz
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • The Earth Pyramids of Euseigne
    / The Earth Pyramids of Euseigne
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  • The adventure Forest in Vercorin
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  • La Lée Copper
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Map / Valais Alpine Bike
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A range of 4,000m peaks with their unmistakeable silhouettes; glaciers glistening in the sun; sun-kissed Valais villages. Typical features of the "Valais Alpine Bike". No other route gets so close to stunning 4,000m summits.
difficult
143 km
20:00 h
5549 m
5060 m
The Valais Alpine Bike (route No. 43) starts in Verbier and ends in Sierre. The route is characterised by typical Valais mountain villages, perched high above the valley floor or in deep side valleys. Parts of the route coincide with the legendary "Grand Raid" bike race from Verbier to Grimentz. This bike marathon is not only the oldest and one of the most impressive bike races in the Alps, but also indisputably one of the most prestigious. Route No. 43 can be easily combined with the Valais Panorama Bike (route No. 88).

Author’s recommendation

Visit the historic village centre of Grimentz and discover one of the most preserved villages of Valais. Admire the sunburnt chalets decorated with geranium. 

Difficulty
S3 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Croix de Cœur , 2172 m
Lowest point
Itravers , 921 m
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and 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.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

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Start

Verbier (1497 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.096095, 7.228962
UTM
32T 363102 5106249

Destination

Sierre (Chandolin)

Turn-by-turn directions

The Valais Alpine Bike route is shaped by typical Valais mountain villages, perched high above the valley floor or in deep side valleys. The first section is the same as the legendary "Grand-Raid" bike race from Verbier to Grimentz. This bike marathon is not only the oldest and one of the most impressive bike races in the Alps, but also indisputably one of the most prestigious. The route repeatedly travels far into the long side valleys. High above the Rhone Valley, you seem to travel along a huge vantage terrace with views into the main valley and over to impressive peaks. The stretch constantly offers broad views of Switzerland’s most famous 4,000-metre peaks, the silhouettes of the Grand Combin, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn and Matterhorn tower into a steel-blue sky. On the other side of the Rohne Valley, you can make out the glaciers of Les Diablerets, the Wildhorn and the Wildstrubel. The route is edged with traditional sun-kissed Valais barns, with their typical stone slabs to protect against mice, almost a picture-postcard scene. Most of the quaint villages are well-kept and often offer culinary treats.

Public transport

You can reach Martigny with the Interregio trains between Geneva and Brig. From Martigny, take the regional train to Le Châble and then the bus or the cable car to Verbier.

Getting there

Take the A9/E62 motorway to Martigny, then continue on the Grand St Bernard road before turning off towards Verbier at Sembrancher.

Parking

Follow the car-park routeing in Verbier
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1326 Rosablanche / 1306 Sion / 1307 Vissoie


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Difficulty
S3 difficult
Distance
143 km
Duration
20:00 h
Ascent
5549 m
Descent
5060 m
Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Insider tip

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