88 Wallis Panorama Bike
88 Wallis Panorama Bike

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Valais Panorama Bike

Stage 3, Crans Montana–Leuk

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Valais Panorama Bike

The name says it all: this route offers an unbeatable view of the Valais Alps. It leads up to 2,000 m altitude, passing remote Alps, steep meadows and rugged mountain scenery. The highest point is the start of a long descent: an unbroken 1,400 meters in height difference down to Leuk.
The location of Crans-Montana is promising: The village is situated on a plateau high above the Rhone Valley with an unobstructed view of the snow-covered mountains and glaciers on the opposite side. The horizon is formed by names such as Monte Rosa, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. But the best is yet to come. The longer you follow the Wallis Panorama Bike route, the more open the views are. And when the alp named Cave du Sex at the edge of the forest is reached, the panorama could not be outdone.

Then the descent is all you can think about, at first it follows a nice single trail, later a gravel road leading down the steep forested bluffs to Varen. The climate is so dry in this region that it may even remind you of the Mediterranean on your way downhill.

From Varen you take the road over to Leuk and its historic village centre, a fitting end to this leg of the Wallis Panorama Bike route.
The name says it all: this route offers an unbeatable view of the Valais Alps. It leads up to 2,000 m altitude, passing remote Alps, steep meadows and rugged mountain scenery. The highest point is the start of a long descent: an unbroken 1,400 meters in height difference down to Leuk.
The location of Crans-Montana is promising: The village is situated on a plateau high above the Rhone Valley with an unobstructed view of the snow-covered mountains and glaciers on the opposite side. The horizon is formed by names such as Monte Rosa, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. But the best is yet to come. The longer you follow the Wallis Panorama Bike route, the more open the views are. And when the alp named Cave du Sex at the edge of the forest is reached, the panorama could not be outdone.

Then the descent is all you can think about, at first it follows a nice single trail, later a gravel road leading down the steep forested bluffs to Varen. The climate is so dry in this region that it may even remind you of the Mediterranean on your way downhill.

From Varen you take the road over to Leuk and its historic village centre, a fitting end to this leg of the Wallis Panorama Bike route.
31 km
Asphalted: 12 km
Natural surface: 19 km
of which Singletrail: 4 km
900 m | 1800 m
medium | medium (opposite direction: difficult)

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Montana Gare
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Push-only passage
Pushing sections: Crans Montana–Leuk approx. 10 min. / Leuk–Crans Montana approx. 40 min.
Ascent Montana
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Ascent Montana
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Sierre/Siders–Montana Gare
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 900m.
Cycle transport: free, limited space.
Reservation recommended: tel. 027 481 23 48.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Leuk
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Mountainbiking in swiss parks
The panorama route which climbs up to 2000 m, overlooks the greater part of the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park. The park area ranges from the pine forests in the Rhone valley to the 4000 m peaks.
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Services

Accommodation

Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Crans-Montana
Jugendherberge Crans-Montana „Bella Lui“
Jugendherberge Crans-Montana „Bella Lui“
Crans-Montana
B & B La Forge de Diogne
B & B La Forge de Diogne
Crans-Montana
Cabane des Violettes CAS
Cabane des Violettes CAS
Randogne
Hotel du Lac
Hotel du Lac
Crans-Montana
B&B zum Schleif
B&B zum Schleif
Varen
Hotel-Restaurant Relais Bayard
Hotel-Restaurant Relais Bayard
Susten
Schlosshotel Leuk
Schlosshotel Leuk
Leuk Stadt
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Places

Crans - Montana
Crans - Montana
Leuk
Leuk
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Places of interest

Abenteuerpark Fun Forest Crans-Montana
Abenteuerpark Fun Forest Crans-Montana
Bikepark Crans-Montana
Bikepark Crans-Montana
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Bridge over the Dalaschlucht
Bridge over the Dalaschlucht
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization