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From Heiligkreuz to Breithorn past Twingi Gorge

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  • On the way to Breithornsattel
    / On the way to Breithornsattel
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  • / Bikers enjoying the spectacular views of Aletsch Arena
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Challenging bike route to Breithornsattel past Twingi Gorge with a 1800 m ascent
closed
difficult
Distance 48.2 km
4:45 h
1,817 m
1,817 m
2,451 m
879 m

Fitness is a must on this wonderfully beautiful tour! The ascent to the Breithornsattel definitely packs a punch, but you'll be rewarded with a tremendous view and a rapid descent. So while this may not be the most challenging tour for riders, it has more than enough potential to be considered an absolute highlight.

Author’s recommendation

Don’t miss the chance to stop by Twingi Gorge and the village Ernen with its picturesque main square.
Difficulty
S1 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,451 m
Lowest point
879 m
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Tips and hints

Contact us for further information:

Aletsch Arena AG

Furkastrasse 39

CH-3983 Mörel-Filet

Tel.: +41 27 928 58 58

Fax: +41 27 928 58 59

E-Mail: info@aletscharena.ch

Internet: www.aletscharena.ch

Start

Fiesch, Infocenter (1,058 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'653'571E 1'139'407N
DD
46.403883, 8.135270
DMS
46°24'14.0"N 8°08'07.0"E
UTM
32T 433530 5139286
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Destination

Fiesch

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting by the tourist office in Fiesch, ride along Furkastrasse towards Lax, turn left by the tennis court at the end of the village and cross the Rhone bridge by the power station. After a short distance across country you'll reach Binntalstrasse that leads to the village of Ernen, famous for its square featuring the Capuchin and William Tell houses as well as St. George's Church. From Ernen, continue riding up Binntalstrasse to the Binn Valley tunnel, which you'll pass on the right as you take the dirt track through the wild and romantic Twingi Gorge. At the end of the gorge you'll pass the hamlet of Ze Binne by a small reservoir and follow the road towards Heiligkreuz. From here you'll have to pedal hard to overcome the altitude difference of just under 1,000 metres on the dirt track up to the Breithornsattel. When you reach the top you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Aletsch Plateau on the opposite side, the Finsteraarhorn and the Fiescher Glacier. Enjoy a well-earned rest before taking on the rapid descent to the village of Grengiols. Just below the village, turn off to the right and pass beneath the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway viaduct towards Furkastrasse. The road will lead you back to Fiesch via Lax after a short final ascent by the Deischerkehre tunnel.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig train station to Fiesch with Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (travel time: 30 min.).

Parking

Please inform yourself about parking facilities in the area.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'653'571E 1'139'407N
DD
46.403883, 8.135270
DMS
46°24'14.0"N 8°08'07.0"E
UTM
32T 433530 5139286
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Weather-proof clothing, solid footwear, refreshment/water.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
S1 difficult
Distance
48.2 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
1,817 m
Descent
1,817 m
Highest point
2,451 m
Lowest point
879 m
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