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Valais Bike 1. Crans-Montana - Leukerbad

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  • A refreshing moment crossing La Tièche stream
    / A refreshing moment crossing La Tièche stream
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Ascent to Tièche valley on the Route des Alpages
    Photo: David Carlier, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Magnificent view of the Bois de Finges in the Rhone valley
    Photo: Jan Oggier, Alpine Trails
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One of the most popular routes in central Valais: from Crans-Montana to the Merdechon mountain pasture and Cabane de la Tièche, then on the La Tièche plateau and to Leuk/Susten on varied, technical trails. 
Distance 39.4 km
3:20 h
730 m
1,580 m

Moderately difficult technically and physically, this itinerary crosses the sunny Crans-Montana and Leuker Sonnenberge region. It is a varied route that starts below the Petit Mont Bonvin and leads to the idyllic alpine pasture of Merdechon and then to the Cabane de la Tièche. The La Tièche plateau is the first highlight as well as the highest point of the ride, at almost 2,000 metres. A little action awaits you on the way down to the winemaking village of Varen, where you have to cross a stream bed, master rocky passages, winding sections through forests and a few ramps. Before arriving in Susten, be sure to stop for a culture break and visit to Leuk (Loèche) Castle. The glass dome, designed by architect Mario Botta, is the crowning glory. Take the Leuk-Leukerbad bus line to get to the thermal resort at Leukerbad.

Option: if you want to add a little extra elevation to your day, do a few runs on the Leukerbad flowtrail.

Author’s recommendation

The Cabane de la Tièche is an ideal place to stop before starting the descent to Varen.
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Update: September 10, 2021
S2 moderate
Highest point
La Tièche, 2,002 m
Lowest point
Leuk/Susten, 621 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

BnB Varen
Bed and Breakfast Zum Schleif
Cabane de la Tièche
Hameau de Colombire
Cave du Sex
Restaurant de la Poste
Restaurant Varensis
Restaurant zur Grotte

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. The Valais Bike route is still under development and is not yet signposted throughout. While on the route, you can find your way using the Outdoor Active app.

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 the offer Valais Bike ! With four days of riding, three nights in bike hotels and a luggage transport service, all that’s left for you to do is hit the trails! To the offer 

More information about the destinations:

Valais Bike regional route: see full itinerary


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



Turn-by-turn directions

Cette étape débute au sommet du funiculaire de Crans-Montana. Après une courte descente sur la route principale, bifurquez à gauche en direction d’Aminona et entamez votre ascension vers le vallon de la Tièche. Juste avant la gare de télécabines des Violettes, prenez la route qui monte à gauche et passez sous les cabines. Rejoignez ensuite l’alpage de Plumachit, puis poursuivez votre route vers le hameau de Colombire. Prenez ensuite le chemin en terre qui monte à gauche. La pente s’intensifie pour déboucher sur un joli point de vue au milieu des alpages. Au total, il y a environ 500 mètres de dénivelé à franchir pour atteindre le point culminant à la cabane de la Tièche. Traversez des pâturages avant de gagner un chemin de randonnée légèrement en pente qui mène vers un ruisseau que vous traversez. Un singletrail varié et technique, avec divers obstacles et un terrain abrupt, traverse des forêts de mélèzes pour revenir au versant sud, où une nouvelle montée vous attend. Suivez ensuite le sentier en légère descente à travers la forêt de Flottuwald en direction de Varen et continuez au-dessus du village viticole jusqu'à la gare de Leuk, où vous prenez le bus postal pour rejoindre la station de Leukerbad.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Take the train to Sierre (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.


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

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

For this leg of the Valais Bike, we recommend that you park your vehicle in Leukerbad and then take the train (SBB) to Sierre station and the funicular (SMC Sierre-Montana) to Montana Village.


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

Book recommendation by the author

Take a look at the Valais/Wallis mountain bike & e-bike map to discover the best routes in the region.

The tourist offices in Sierre, Crans-Montana, Leuk and Leukerbad have brochures and information about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

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


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.

Preparing for mountain bike outings 

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S2 moderate
39.4 km
3:20 h
730 m
1,580 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip Summit route Singletrail/Free ride Pump track Downhill


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