Mountain Bike Haute Route

Lucerne to Zermatt



Switzerland's Mountain Bike Haute Route has "Epic" in bucketfuls. Switzerland's high alpine valleys are home to some of the most dramatic and exciting mountain biking terrain in the World.

Mountain Bike Haute Route - What to expect



Key Data

• Extreme Alpine trails and awesome single track

• 6 Days of Challenging and Strenuous riding

• Total Vertical Climb13,500m

• Total Distance 280Kms



Intro

Most ski resorts now actively promote summer season mountain biking. with lift systems making most areas accessible. Mountain biking can be hungry and thirsty work and you're never far from a mountain café on the hill or restaurant in the valleys.

The Route

The Mountain Bike Haute Route takes in all the terrain the Swiss Alps can throw at you. From Lake Lucerne and Zermatt you pass through spectacular regions, the Valais and the Bernese Oberland with their iconic mountains the Eiger and the Jungfrau. Finally, Europe's tallest peak, the Matterhorn is reached at the end of almost 300Kms of leg bulging pedaling.

The Mountain Bike Haute Route starts on the southern shoreline of Lake Lucerne and then heads south and up into the mountains and Lake Melchee Frutt and Lake Engstlenalpe a climb of over 1500m.

The Aare Gorge awaits on the onward journey to Grindelwald by way of the Grosse Scheidegg (1962m). The climb takes you past the Rosenlaue Glacier and probably the best view in the Alps; the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, before a dramatic descent into Grindelwald. From this picturesque alpine village the route climbs up to the Kleine Scheidegg (2061).

From here the singletrack gets technical with a hairy decent down into the popular ski resort of Wengen and out into the Lauterbunnen Valley and the picturesque lakeside town of Interlaken. Views of the Schilthorn accompany your steady descent down into the valley.

The Mountain Bike Haute Route now heads south into the Kendertal region with over 60 kms of classic alpine scenery, pastures and rolling hills before climbing once more up into the rocky mountain peaks with magnificent views of the Riderhorn and Alteles (3629m).

The route now follows an old trading route with parts dug out of the mountainside. Lake Dauben and the Gemmi Pass quickly fall beneath your mountain bike wheels as the route heads into the Valias with a fantastic 20km descent. The views here are spectacular with Monte Rosa (4556m), Dom (4545 m) and the Matterhorn (4478m) all accompanying you on this stage of the route.

The last leg of this Trans Switzerland Epic is from Moosalpe to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. More mountain pastures pre-sage a dramatic 1000m descent of challenging singletrack switchbacks into Mattertal and then to Zermatt. So ends an alpine classic.


Mountain Bike Haute Route Highlights.

• Extreme Alpine trails and awesome single track

• 6 Days of Challenging and Strenuous riding

• Total Vertical Climb13,500m

• Total Distance 280Kms