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Plaine Morte

· 2 reviews · Mountain Bike · Bernese Oberland
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The summit of the Plaine Morte is one of the highest places in Switzerland that can be reached by bike - or by cable car with bike transport. It is the starting point for one of the longest mountain bike descents in Switzerland.
difficult
Distance 34 km
4:00 h
310 m
2,745 m
2,921 m
491 m

The scenery on this tour is absolutely unique and extremely varied. We first pass through a fantastic, high alpine glacier scenery and then visit a hut of the Swiss Alpine Club. This is followed by a high plateau where you almost feel like you are on another planet. Looking back at the 200-metre-high rocky step below Armillon, you don't believe that it was completely (and even easily) passable. The final point is formed by two bisses (water supply channels partly carved into the rocks to irrigate the vines). The Bisse d'Ayent requires some scrambling in places. The feeder section to the Bisse de Clavau is technically demanding once again. Initially, this Bisse is also exposed and surprises with an original, very small, fortunately illuminated tunnel. The final run along the Bisse towards Sion is pure pleasure!

Note(s)
Due to the high altitude and the huge areas, there is a lot of snow for a very long time. The tour is therefore only possible from the end of July / beginning of August until the first snowfall in October.
The tour is partly alpine and only recommended for very experienced bikers. Shortly before the Wildstrubelhütte, an ice field must be passed. A wire rope secures the path over partly bare ice. The bike must be shouldered at the same time. No slipping!
The paths along the Bissen are often very narrow and exposed. The bike must always be pushed or shouldered. The tunnel of the Bisse de Clavau is very narrow. Wide handlebars can only just get through. The tunnel is illuminated.



Author’s recommendation

Due to the high altitude and the huge areas, there is a lot of snow for a very long time. The tour is therefore only possible from the end of July / beginning of August until the first snowfall in October. The tour is partly alpine and only recommended for very experienced bikers. Shortly before the Wildstrubelhütte, an ice field must be passed. A wire rope secures the path over partly bare ice. The bike must be shouldered at the same time. The paths along the Bissen are often very narrow and exposed. The bike must always be pushed or shouldered. The tunnel of the Bisse de Clavau is very narrow. Wide handlebars can only just get through. The tunnel is illuminated.

From the mountain station, it takes about 5 minutes by bike to reach the valley station of the Plaine-Morte cable car.

Difficulty
S2 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
2,921 m
Lowest point
491 m

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Pleine Morte, mountain station (2,884 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'603'850E 1'135'442N
DD
46.370344, 7.488670
DMS
46°22'13.2"N 7°29'19.2"E
UTM
32T 383757 5136306
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Turn-by-turn directions

Plaine Morte mountain station - Pointe de Vatseret - Wisshorelücke - Wildstrubelhütte - Rawilpass - Lac de Tseuzier - Bisse d'Ayent - Torrent Croix - Ayent - Bisse de Clavau - Sion

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Public transport

Travel to über Sierre to Crans Montana - Pleine Morte, mountain station

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Routes to Sierre: From Sion there are trains to Sierre every 20 minutes. Journey time 15 minutes

Getting there

By car to Crans-Montana

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'850E 1'135'442N
DD
46.370344, 7.488670
DMS
46°22'13.2"N 7°29'19.2"E
UTM
32T 383757 5136306
w3w 
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4.5
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VerticalExtreme GmbH 
August 22, 2021 · Community
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Verena Appl
September 27, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 17, 2020

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Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
34 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
310 m
Descent
2,745 m
Highest point
2,921 m
Lowest point
491 m
Refreshment stops available Scenic

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