Switzerland 2014-Day1-Simplon Pass-Senggchuppa-Brig

Switzerland 2014 – Valais – Brig, St Luc, Becs de Bosson and Crans Montana.

Switzerland once again calls, this time we choose to explore some lesser knows areas with Martin Buetler of Alpine-Trails. As a local rider he knows where to ride, when and the best way to hook up the WanderWegs.

We wish to thank Tourism SwitzerlandValais Tourism, Brig Simplon TourismSierre Anniviers, and Crans Montana for their support.

Day1-Simplon Pass-Senggchuppa-Brig

We arrive on a Monday afternoon and are efficiently transported via SBB from Zurich Airport to Brig where we meet Martin of Alpine Trails and check into the Hotel Victoria. This hotel is right across from the train station which makes if very convenient if not noisy at night. With the windows closed it was amazingly quiet, I do say our rooms were warm for our Canadian Blood.

We start our trip by getting off the train at Brig and unpacking to head up to Simplon Pass. Simplon was an old smugglers trail from Brig to Italy. The Post Auto bus takes you from Brig at 670m to Simplon Pass 2005m.  We then climb to Bischtinupass another 350m or so. Then we ride S along the Nanztal valley towards the view of the Senggchuppa glacial moraine then back along multi-hundred year irrigation ditches/Suone/bisse and down to Brig.

SimplonPass – Senggchuppa moraine – Nanztal – Brig from Lee Lau on Vimeo.

Our first ride was off Simplon Pass along a Suone trail and back to Brig.

Postbus to Simplon Pass

Climbing up from Simplon Pass

Descending from Bischtinu Pass

Riding around the Valley

There is a trail along the Suone on the other side of the valley

Another Senggchuppa view

Well signed wanderweg

Trail along the Suone with some exposure

One techy section with a bit of left over snow

The Suone which was built for the town water supply centuries ago which is maintained also for the trail and tourism purposes now.

From here we opt for the shorter ride back to Brig

Forest trail back to Brig

Hotel Victoria and our rooms. We had the half board which included food which was very good and varie (ignore olderTripAdvisor Reviews which are now obsolete)

33km, 6hrs, 790m climbing, 2090m

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