547 Heida Loop
547 Heida Loop

Mountainbiking

Heida Loop

Heida Loop

Staldenried–Riedji–Visperterminen–Staldenried

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Heida Loop

Heida Loop

The Heida Bike Loop is a spectacular all-mountain tour with quite a bit of exposure and exciting trail sections. Other highlights include the view of the Augstbord region and the Bernese Alps, the highest vineyard north of the Alps and typical Valais barns.
The gondola ride to Staldenried overlooks the Visp Valley. Staldenried is one of the villages with the least precipitation in Switzerland and the treeline is the highest in the Alps. Together with Gspon it is also known as the «Sunshine Capital of the Visp Valley». The loop tour begins in the village centre with a climb of over 500 altitude meters along the road. Below the gondola, which continues to Gspon, the route takes several turns before it enters the forest. The latter is dense at first, then lighter and finally the buildings of Riedji appear across a meadow, with the trail still climbing gently. The hamlet is a good reason to stop. The open views westward of the Augstbord region and northward of the Bernese Alps with the stunning Bietschhorn are incredible.

After the stop the trail returns to the forest, first leading down to the Breiterbach River. Then the bike must be pushed up a steep path for about 80 altitude meters, but it’s worth the trouble. The following section to Unnerbrunnu (not suitable for heavy e-bikes) is very pleasant. It then descends on a paved road to Visperterminen. The village is known for the Heida white wine growing here in Europe’s highest contiguous vineyard. Terraced and with high dry stone walls, the vineyard climbs 500 altitude meters within a minimum of space. Impressive buildings are found in the heart of the village: rows of houses with marvellous barns, the church and the museum, which displays a typical Valais apartment from 1701 in its original layout.

After a short downhill the route continues over flat, open terrain to Chrachilbode where it gets a little dicey: The trail enters a very exposed area where those with less experience should push their bike. Back at Breiterbach River, the bike must be carried uphill to a narrow trail with another very exposed section. These exposed segments are marked with signposts. Back in Staldenried there is a choice to return with the gondola or take an easy trail to Neubrück.
The Heida Bike Loop is a spectacular all-mountain tour with quite a bit of exposure and exciting trail sections. Other highlights include the view of the Augstbord region and the Bernese Alps, the highest vineyard north of the Alps and typical Valais barns.
The gondola ride to Staldenried overlooks the Visp Valley. Staldenried is one of the villages with the least precipitation in Switzerland and the treeline is the highest in the Alps. Together with Gspon it is also known as the «Sunshine Capital of the Visp Valley». The loop tour begins in the village centre with a climb of over 500 altitude meters along the road. Below the gondola, which continues to Gspon, the route takes several turns before it enters the forest. The latter is dense at first, then lighter and finally the buildings of Riedji appear across a meadow, with the trail still climbing gently. The hamlet is a good reason to stop. The open views westward of the Augstbord region and northward of the Bernese Alps with the stunning Bietschhorn are incredible.

After the stop the trail returns to the forest, first leading down to the Breiterbach River. Then the bike must be pushed up a steep path for about 80 altitude meters, but it’s worth the trouble. The following section to Unnerbrunnu (not suitable for heavy e-bikes) is very pleasant. It then descends on a paved road to Visperterminen. The village is known for the Heida white wine growing here in Europe’s highest contiguous vineyard. Terraced and with high dry stone walls, the vineyard climbs 500 altitude meters within a minimum of space. Impressive buildings are found in the heart of the village: rows of houses with marvellous barns, the church and the museum, which displays a typical Valais apartment from 1701 in its original layout.

After a short downhill the route continues over flat, open terrain to Chrachilbode where it gets a little dicey: The trail enters a very exposed area where those with less experience should push their bike. Back at Breiterbach River, the bike must be carried uphill to a narrow trail with another very exposed section. These exposed segments are marked with signposts. Back in Staldenried there is a choice to return with the gondola or take an easy trail to Neubrück.
19 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 11 km
Natural surface: 8 km
of which Singletrail: 5 km
880 m | 880 m
medium | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Staldenried
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Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: Staldenried – Riedji – Visperterminen – Staldenried

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Push-only passage
Exposed environment: between Chrachliboden and Breitenbach it is recommended that less experienced bikers push their bike.
Push-only passage
The trail crosses Breitenbach River twice. Both times the mountain bike has to be pushed for a while afterwards.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Staldenried
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Contact

Heidadorf Visperterminen Tourismus
Dorfstrasse 128
3931 Visperterminen
Tel. +41 (0)27 946 03 00
info@heidadorf.ch
www.heidadorf.ch

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The highest vineyards in Europe
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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.
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