Breathtaking views of Aletsch Arena and picturesque villages nearby Chäserstatt in Rhone Valley
Distance 29 km
Highest point1,772 m
Lowest point990 m
Magnificent views of the Aletsch Arena from the opposite side of the valley are just one rewarding reason to take this beautiful tour. The route itself passes by lots of idyllic villages and hamlets, offering a chance to explore some of the Rhone Valley on the way back.
You can shorten the trail by taking the same way back to Fiesch past Mühlebach and Ernen skipping the track between Steinhaus and Niederwald.
From the tourist office on Furkastrasse, ride towards Lax as far as the tennis court at the end of the village. Turn left here, cross the Rhone bridge by the power station and ride a short distance across country until you reach Binntalstrasse. Follow the road uphill to Ernen, a village famous for its beautiful centre including the Capuchin and William Tell houses as well as St. George's parish church and its classical music weeks. At the eastern end of the village, the best route to take is the dirt track that runs uphill and leads onwards to Mühlebach. Cover a short distance on flat terrain at the end of the village, then follow the easily rideable forest track that winds its way in long sweeps up to the Chäserstatt restaurant. Here you'll find a wonderful sun terrace offering a fabulous view of the Aletsch Plateau and Lower Valais. The return route follows the same forest track until just before Mühlebach. At this point, make a sharp right turn and ride eastwards via Steinhaus before crossing the Rhone bridge in Niederwald. The final stage of the tour leads out of the valley along Furkastrasse and back to Fiesch.
all notes on protected areas
From Brig train station to Fiesch with Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (travel time: 25 min.), then by bike to the info center at Aletsch Arena.
Please inform yourself about parking facilities in the area.