The first stage of Valais Bike is an extremely varied trail on a flowy route with panoramic views high above Leukerbad followed by a gravelly descent to Gampel.
Starting at Leukerbad, the Torrent cable car takes you to Rinderhütte, standing at an altitude of over 2,300 metres. The route starts off just below the railway station and follows the Torrent mountain-bike route, a flowy single trail with panoramic views over the 4,000-metre-high peaks of Valais and the Rhône Valley. After following a hillside path with a few climbs, you reach the alpine pasture of Feselalp where you begin the descent into the Rhône Valley. You pass through the village of Erschmatt, where you can learn how to make rye bread. In Steg, visit the recently built pumptrack before continuing your ride to Raron. When you get there take the cable car to Unterbäch, where you will spend the night overlooking the Rhône Valley and opposite the Bietschhorn. Option: if you would like to add a downhill section to your day, ride some of the slopes on the Leukerbad flowtrail before embarking on the Torrent mountain-bike trail.
Stop at the Trächu Hittu restaurant in Untere Feselalp to enjoy an “assiette valaisanne” or a “croûte au fromage”.
Use marked bike trails and routes only and 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.
Please close gates and enclosures after passing through. Please be considerate to hikers and to plants and animals. As a rule, hikers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability.
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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Valais Bike (full itinerary): https://www.valais.ch/en/activities/mountain-bike/tours
From Basel and Zurich: Take the A1 motorway to Bern; then the A6 as far as Spiez; follow the sign for Kandersteg; Kandersteg–Goppenstein car-carrying train; follow the sign for Gampel; Leuk–Leukerbad.
From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign for Sion/Sierre; Leuk–Leukerbad.
From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle-Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign for Leuk–Leukerbad.
Follow the directions for parking in Leuk or Leukerbad. If you are cycling the Valais Bike route from Leukerbad to Brig (three stages), we advise you to park your vehicle in Brig and to take the train (SBB) to Leuk railway station.