41 Valais Alpine Bike
41 Valais Alpine Bike

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Valais Alpine Bike

Stage 1, Crans-Montana–La Tièche–Varen–Leuk–Leukerbad

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Valais Alpine Bike

One of the most popular mountain-biking routes in Central Valais climbs from Crans-Montana up to Alp Merdechon and the Cabane de la Tièche. It continues across the plateau of the same name and descends over varied, partly challenging trails to Leuk/Susten.
This moderately difficult day tour leads through the sun-kissed region of Crans-Montana and the Leuk Sonnenberge. Following a short section on the main road, the ascent towards the Vallon de la Tièche begins. You ride beneath the Petit Mont Bonvin via Plumachit to the idyllic Alpine meadows at Merdechon and onward to the Cabane de la Tièche. The last part leads on a dirt road past a scenic viewpoint. There are a total of 500 metres in altitude difference to overcome.

The highest point by the hut is also one of the tour's highlights: the magnificent La Tièche plateau at almost 2,000 metres, where Eringer cows can often be seen grazing in the summer. However, the action doesn't play in the ring but on the trails that now follow: during the descent to the winegrowers' village of Varen, there are a streambed to cross and passages covered with shale rock and flowing forest sections to negotiate and occasionally a few ramps. The first part of the trail leads across pastures to the streambed and then past marvellously fragrant larch forests. Another super trail awaits the bikers on the final section, winding its way steadily downhill through the Flottuwald forest.

Before reaching the end at Susten, bikers can visit Leuk castle for a brief lesson about culture. The glass dome designed by acclaimed architect Mario Botta is the tour's crowning finale. The thermal spa resort of Leukerbad, where the next stage starts, can be reached by bus. Those who haven't had enough yet and want to add a few vertical metres to their day can make a couple of descents on Leukerbad's Flowtrail.
One of the most popular mountain-biking routes in Central Valais climbs from Crans-Montana up to Alp Merdechon and the Cabane de la Tièche. It continues across the plateau of the same name and descends over varied, partly challenging trails to Leuk/Susten.
This moderately difficult day tour leads through the sun-kissed region of Crans-Montana and the Leuk Sonnenberge. Following a short section on the main road, the ascent towards the Vallon de la Tièche begins. You ride beneath the Petit Mont Bonvin via Plumachit to the idyllic Alpine meadows at Merdechon and onward to the Cabane de la Tièche. The last part leads on a dirt road past a scenic viewpoint. There are a total of 500 metres in altitude difference to overcome.

The highest point by the hut is also one of the tour's highlights: the magnificent La Tièche plateau at almost 2,000 metres, where Eringer cows can often be seen grazing in the summer. However, the action doesn't play in the ring but on the trails that now follow: during the descent to the winegrowers' village of Varen, there are a streambed to cross and passages covered with shale rock and flowing forest sections to negotiate and occasionally a few ramps. The first part of the trail leads across pastures to the streambed and then past marvellously fragrant larch forests. Another super trail awaits the bikers on the final section, winding its way steadily downhill through the Flottuwald forest.

Before reaching the end at Susten, bikers can visit Leuk castle for a brief lesson about culture. The glass dome designed by acclaimed architect Mario Botta is the tour's crowning finale. The thermal spa resort of Leukerbad, where the next stage starts, can be reached by bus. Those who haven't had enough yet and want to add a few vertical metres to their day can make a couple of descents on Leukerbad's Flowtrail.
23 km
Asphalted: 11 km
Natural surface: 12 km
of which Singletrail: 6 km
720 m | 1550 m
medium | easy

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Arrival / return travel Montana Gare
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Public transport section Leukerbad
The section between Leuk, Bahnhof and Leukerbad (Torrentbahn) is travelled by bus and is not signalled.
Closure, Crans-Montana
Duration
26.07.2022 - 05.08.2022
Reason
Forestry work
The route is closed. There is no alternative route.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Leuk
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Services

Accommodation

Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Chalet Diognysos bed + breakfast
Crans-Montana
Hotel du Lac
Hotel du Lac
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
Schlosshotel Leuk
Schlosshotel Leuk
Leuk Stadt
Hotel-Restaurant Relais Bayard
Hotel-Restaurant Relais Bayard
Susten
B&B zum Schleif
B&B zum Schleif
Varen
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Bookable offers

41 Valais Alpine Bike
41 Valais Alpine Bike
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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
Bridge over the Dalaschlucht
Bridge over the Dalaschlucht
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Valais Wine and Vine Museum
Valais Wine and Vine Museum
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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