You have a full week on the best trails, with an XC and Downhill tour covering the amazing Rhône Valley and surrounding mountains. You make your way from Nendaz to Zermatt and take in some of the best riding the Alps has to offer. This famous tour has been published in numerous magazines including MBR and has attracted some famous riders. Have a read at what the pros think.
The tour comes with a support crew and transportation of your luggage, clothes, spares ete. It is a point-to-point riding holiday and is designed for a good intermediate standard and above, with a level of fitness which will allow you to enjoy these amazing trails.
Having said that, if you would like to try this unbelievable ride, have a look at the article written independently by Ruth Blacker ~ a woman's perspective (.pdf 1MB)
This is an example of the itinerary and is in NO WAY set in stone. During the first day of riding an individual plan will be discussed with yourself and the guides. The guides will gauge your preferences and ability and you will both plan a set up for the week.
We also offer a smaller version of this tour, if you cannot make the full week. Please contact us for details on this.
You Travel by Swiss Rail to Haute Nendaz in Les 4 Vallées, Switzerland. Meet up with your guides, and settle into our great Chalet Hotel, Les Etagnes with stunning views across the Rhône Valley. Bike checks and any adjustments required, on hand we have bike mechanics as required. Warm up ride for those who wish it and depending on arrival times
A great circuitous route around the Tour du Mont Fort, Les 4 Vallées with great trails and the options of adjusting it to everybody's standards as extra lifts are available for those who prefer. The day will be approximately 55kms – 65kms of riding.
Tracing part of the descent route of the traditional Grand Raid Cristalp race down to the Rhone Valley floor. From Sierre you take the amazing funicular cable train takes you overland from 540m to just under 1,500m in just 12mins. You will be in the famous resort of Crans Montana and after a great biking surprise here, we will cross-country to Leuk and a lift to Leukerbad where 22 Thermal Baths await you in the evening to soak away the aches of the day. Overnight in a nice and very bike friendly 2-star hotel
After the huge second day of riding this day is a little easier and we ride around the Leukerbad area, taking a few lifts and potentially back into the Crans Montana area if this wasn’t achieved on the previous day.
The famous Gemi Pass awaits you, with stunning, flowing and fast trails across the pass to Kandersteg and through the tunnel and descent to the valley floor. A cable car and chair lift take you to Brandalp and flowing trails to the valley floor and Kalpetran. You get lifted up to Grachen and overnight in the 3-star hotel with saunas and steam rooms to ease away the tiredness.
Up to Hannigalp and flowing switchbacks and single-track down to Mattsand. We then go up to Taschalp and the secret routes into Zermatt and an overnight stay in a 2-star hotel.
The BIGGEST day of the week: The Downhill Club! For the dedicated and hard-core trail riders it is an early start: We take the 1st lift up to Rothorn (3,103m). We quickly descend, heading north, turning onto the Europa-Weg, before the hikers have had breakfast! It is a switch-back-fest down to Täsch at 1,440m. The late-starters can join us here. We descend the Zermatt valley to Stalden at 800m. 2 cable cars lift us to Gspon at 1900m. After a quick snack we climb on forest tracks to the Gebidum Pass at 2,201m. The 13kms descent to Brig at 680m completes a ride that you will remember for years.
Nendaz is a fairly large village made up of mainly chalets, small hotels and apartments. The main streets lead off the roundabout next to the tourist office which is topped with a traditional gondola. Although cars are allowed in the villages, all the amenities are off the main streets and a brief 10 minute walk will see you the whole length of the main street. The food, bars and shops are still normally priced and the whole atmosphere is more about people there to enjoy the mountains and not about how much money you have and what you do with it.
Every day 3.9 million litres of hot water gush from the 65 thermal springs in the mountain spa resort of Leukerbad. These thermal springs have led to the development of tourism in Leukerbad and made it one of the biggest spa and wellness resorts in Switzerland. The village has a nice enclosed feeling, having steep mountain faces all around the boarder. Cars are allowed around the village however not into the main centre This does not mean that the resort is over ran by vehicles, as everything in the resort is close enough to walk to therefore keeping it very quiet. The main high street is wide and has a few restaurants, pools and shops on it, it then curves and then narrows and this is where a bit of the Swiss character returns. Little quaint coffee shops with seats at the front line the cobbled street.
This mountain village is situated on a broad sun terrace, high above the Mattertal valley, at an altitude of 1,620 m. It extends a particularly warm welcome to families, and offers a lively programme. The resort is a nice quiet place and gives you amazing views of the valley.
As a village, Zermatt has it all. Based at 1,620m it has the most iconic mountain in the world as a backdrop, a massive, high-altitude international ski area, some of the best mountain restaurants in the world and a traditional Swiss chocolate-box, fuel car-free village. Zermatt boasts the name of one of the best winter resorts in the world and delivers in every respect. The village itself has a mix of rustic old wooden Stadels and Grand Luxury hotels. The main street is fully traffic free, except the occasional horse drawn carriage and is packed with lively bars, restaurants and shops. At any time of the day, there’s an amazing atmosphere across the entire resort.
Our guides are CTC trained, 1st aid qualified and are experts on riding and the area – you will feel the passion they have for the sport and the determination to make your holiday and rides the very best.
We normally allocate you a personal guide for your group to make sure that rides are geared to your own personal levels and preferences. With us, you matter!
Matt has lived and worked in Zermatt for over 7 years. In the summers he is one of our top team of MTB guides. CTC Leader trained and with his entire working career as a guide or instructor, everything from skiing and mountain biking to windsurfing and scuba diving! His great personality, knowledge and skills will enhance your holiday and help you ride the best trails.
Al has been riding in Zermatt and the whole of Switzerland for over 10 years. His main interests are Road biking, XC mountain biking, mixed with snowboarding during the winter. A genuinely excellent, patient, and knowledgeable CTC trained tour leader with in depth knowledge of the roads and MTB trails, his mechanical skills have saved the ride more than once! Genuine in his interest in you and his love of all things cycling.
Stuart has been in Zermatt for over 10 years. His main interest is mountain biking, mixed with skiing and mountaineering during the winter. An excellent rider and tour leader, CTC Leader trained and with in depth knowledge of the trails, his, passion for the sport, relaxed approach and good sense of humour add a sparkle to all his rides. He has also completed the legendary Grand Raid Crystalp race.
Chris lives for the outdoor lifestyle. A Zermatt resident for over 25 years, enjoying his hobbies of mountaineering, climbing, skiing, paragliding, and, of course, mountain biking. CTC Leader trained and also an excellent photographer, it would be difficult to find someone with more all-round skills, excellent ability, knowledge and as patient as his name suggests! There are not many things Chris hasn't done! He has ridden 4 times in the Grand Raid Crystalp.
Always around and available, he is the personable face you tend to never see in a company – the boss available to discuss your holiday over a beer!
The tour is a supported, so as soon as you arrive in Nendaz for the first day, you will not have to worry about moving your luggage to any other resort. Each day you will take your day pack and leave all larger luggage with the support crew and they will transport it to the next location. They are also on hand to deal with malfunctions of bikes and to collect people should they come into difficulties.
Our partners at Switzerland Travel Centre can provide good value and fully ATOL protected scheduled flights from most major UK airports to Geneva, Sion, Basel and Zurich – there are some great deals to be had!
You are welcome to provide your own flights if you prefer, perhaps using one of the many Low Cost airlines flying to Geneva, Basel or Zurich. We can advise you of the best flights and times.
There are now Low Cost airline flights to Geneva from Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham East Midlands, Robin Hood Doncaster, Stansted and Southampton – so we should be able to find a flight for you!
Self driving is not fully beneficial, as the tour is a point to point ride. Your entire luggage is transported for you to each over night location. However we can include a Train Transfer, to and from, your car at an extra supplement.
|Train Transfer Time from Basel:||4hr 15min||3hr 45min|
|Train Transfer Time from Bern:||3hr 00min||2hr 50min|
|Train Transfer Time from *Geneva:||2hr 30min||3hr 40min|
|Train Transfer Time from *Zürich:||4hr 00min||3hr 30min|
|Driving Distance from Calais:||540 miles||560 miles|
* Swiss Fly-Luggage available (Zermatt Only)
View the Swiss Rail timetable.
As we travel round on the OTP Valais Tour, we stay in a variety of accommodation. Your luggage and spares are moved for you with our support team.
Your base for the first few nights is the Chalet Hotel Les Etagnes. It is a recently renovated chalet hotel with great amenities and stunning views. The hotel boasts great rooms (all en-suite), flat screen TVs, a great bar and restaurant area, large terrace for assembling and adjusting bikes and plenty of locked and secure bike storage.
The Paradis is a family-run 2-star and very biker-friendly hotel with comfortable and nicely decorated bedrooms, there are 3 single rooms, 15 double rooms, 2 3-bedrooms and 2 4-bedrooms. Choose your own breakfast at the buffet out of a rich variety of regional products Jet wash available for your bikes and plenty of bike storage
The Elite is a family-run 3-star and very friendly hotel with comfortable and nicely decorated bedrooms, and a great whirlpool, sauna and steam room wellness area to ease away the aches and pains! Choose your own breakfast at the buffet out of a rich variety of regional products Great restaurant, local bars – and plenty of bike storage.
A great value 2-star hotel is based in a great central location and plenty of secure bike storage. Comfortable bedrooms with en-suite facilities, cable TV, radio, telephone nice views.
Our prices are simple, we have ADULT prices, and discounted prices for CHILDREN up to 16yrs old.
Because the prices vary depending on the size of your group to guide ratio, the below prices are based on 6 people riding together with one guide.
|Summer 2013||Child – 16yrs||Adult|