Plan a route here Copy route
Mountain Bike

Valais Bike Unterbäch-Grächen (stage 2)

Mountain Bike · Unterbäch
Responsible for this content
Valais/Wallis Promotion Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Mountain bikers in the Moosalp region
    / Mountain bikers in the Moosalp region
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers in the Moosalp region
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers in the Moosalp region
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers near Bürchen
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
  • / Mountain bikers above Bürchen
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Grächen
The Moosalp Pass and the extraordinary descent into Kalpetran are certain to be among the highlights of your MTB trip to Valais and will remind you why you love the sport.
difficult
35.9 km
5:50 h
1530 m
1500 m
After a delicious breakfast, take the Brandalp chairlift up into the mountains and then head to the Moosalp Pass using sheer pedal power. Marvel at the views, take a well-earned lunch break and enjoy the famous “Cremeschnitte” at the Moosalp restaurant. When you climb back on your saddle, a pleasant flat route on a wide path awaits you with panoramic views of the impressive peaks of the Saas Valley and Zermatt. The rest of the route is mainly downhill. The Kalpetran Enduro trail is one of Valais’s unmissable single trails with a swooping 1,100-metre downhill section to Kalpetran in the Mattertal Valley. Finish off your day with a pleasant final climb to the village of Grächen, where you’ll be staying.

Author’s recommendation

Stop off in Embd on the downhill section from Moosalp to Kaleptran – recoup your strength at the Morgenrot restaurant and visit the historic old town.
Profile picture of Nicolas Mari
Author
Nicolas Mari
Updated: January 17, 2020
Difficulty
S3 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Pletsche alpine pasture, 2070 m
Lowest point
Kalpetran, 898 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Safety information

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.

Tips, hints and links

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 www.visitvalais.ch/valaisbike

More informations : 

 

Valais Bike (full itinerary): https://www.valais.ch/en/touren/mountain-bike/tours/valais-bike

Start

Unterbäch (1224 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.284622, 7.800747
DMS
46°17'04.6"N 7°48'02.7"E
UTM
32T 407616 5126370
w3w 
///warm.ratio.winded

Destination

Grächen

Turn-by-turn directions

From Unterbäch take the chairlift to Brandalp and start your ascent up Moosalp. Follow part of the Moosalp Plateau Bike trail, mainly on a 4x4 route through forest. The trail then follows a wider path towards the alpine pasture of Pletsche, before dropping down to Kalpetran on a varied descent that includes some exposed sections. After the village of Embd, the trail twists and turns over rockier terrain which will delight enduro fans with its technical sections and hairpin bends. Once you reach the bottom of the Mattertal, cross the valley to pick up the Matterhorn Valley Trail and follow it as far as St. Niklaus before tackling the last climb to the village of Grächen. Option: to save you the climb to the Moosalp Pass, take the postal bus from the village of Bürchen. You can also take the bus from St. Niklaus to Grächen. Remember to book a place for yourself and for your mountain bike (www.postauto.ch ).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the Brig–Bouveret regional train (SBB) to Raron and then the Raron–Unterbäch cable car to Unterbäch.

Getting there

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

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway to Lausanne; follow the sign to Sion/Sierre; Raron.

From Milan: Take the A8/A26 motorway in the direction of Simplon; Iselle–Brig car-carrying train; follow the sign to Raron.

Parking

Follow the directions for parking in Raron. If you’re riding the Valais Bike route from Leukerbad to Brig (three stages), we recommend parking your vehicle in Brig and taking the train (SBB) to Leuk or Raron railway station.

Coordinates

DD
46.284622, 7.800747
DMS
46°17'04.6"N 7°48'02.7"E
UTM
32T 407616 5126370
w3w 
///warm.ratio.winded
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 in Unterbäch and Grächen have got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1288 Raron
  • 1308 St. Niklaus

Equipment

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

Questions & Answers

Ask the first question

Got questions regarding this content? Ask them here.


Reviews

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
S3 difficult
Distance
35.9 km
Duration
5:50h
Ascent
1530 m
Descent
1500 m
Point-to-point Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip Summit route Single trail/Free ride

Statistics

  • 2D 3D
  • Contents
  • Show images Hide images
: h
 km
 m
 m
 m
 m
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.