One of our most scenic trips, our Trans-Swiss Challenge is part fairytale, part Alpine adventure. Enjoy picturesque valleys, crystal clear lakes and some of the biggest mountains in Europe, including the famed Passo Stelvio!
One of the highlights of our Trans-Swiss Challenge is the stupendous St Gotthardpass - one of the few cobbled passes in Europe. The itinerary includes many of the peaks from the Tour de Suisse. It’s a magnificent journey through some of the most awe-inspiring landscape in Europe. The trip starts in Charmey and makes its way through the Pre-Alps region towards the high peaks and glaciers that surround Ulrichen. From Ulrichen we head east towards the Italian border where a certain Passo Stelvio awaits to cap our adventure!
Bienvenue en Suisse!
Our trip starts at Geneva airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Charmey, on the eastern side of Lake Geneva.
After lunch and our orientation meeting we’ll get the bikes ready for our first warm-up ride. From the hotel in Charmey we head up the valley towards the Jaunpass. Before reaching the pass we turn off the main road onto a small, single-track road which leads us up through Ablandschen to the summit of the Mittelberg climb.
The Pre-Alps and the Gurnigel
Today’s ride takes us through the incredibly scenic pre-Alps region that lies to the north of Interlaken. The ride starts out with a series of rolling hills through the farming communities of the Fribourg Burgerwald region. After 40 km the road steepens as we start the 16 km climb to the Gurnigel.
From the top of the Gurnigel there are some fantastic views of high snow-covered peaks to our north. Take a good look - we’ll be climbing those very same peaks later in the week!
Today we leave behind the rolling green pastures and the cow bells and head for the big mountains. Our main challenge is the mighty Grimselpass, one of the longest and most challenging climbs in Switzerland and a favorite in the Tour de Suisse.
On our way to the Grimselpass we’ll climb up the very scenic Glaubenbielenpass then over the Brunigpass and down to Innertkirtchen where we start the 26 km climb to the Grimselpass.
The High Alps
A spectacular ride today over the highest climbs in the Swiss Alps. First on the agenda is the 13 km Nufenenpass which climbs to over 2,400 m.
After a long descent to Airolo we start the climb to the spectacular and unique St Gotthardpass. The cobbled St Gotthard is a huge favourite with our riders and offers a rare opportunity to climb a major Alpine pass on cobbles!
The descent of the St Gotthard takes us into the quaint village of Andermatt where we start the climb to the Oberalppass - our final climb of the day.
The first part of our ride descends through the beautiful Upper Rhine valley towards Llanz. After 20 km of descending it’s time for a bit of climbing as we leave the main road and head up through numerous switchbacks to Obersaxen.
You’ll enjoy the road down from Obersaxen as it winds it’s way through stunning gorges and canyons carved out by the river Rhine. After Lenzerheidepass and a short downhill we climb back up to Davos
Today we reach the eastern edge of Switzerland and cross over the border into Italy which sets us up nicely for our ride over the Stelvio the next day.
Our first climb, the Fluelapass starts right out of Davos! From the top enjoy the fantastic downhill stretch before we start the climb to the Ofenpass. Our last climb, the Umbrailpass takes us across the border into Italy and the long descent into Bormio.
A classic loop ride to end our trip - the Passo Stelvio - not once, but twice!
From Bormio we head up the southern approach to the Passo Stelvio. From the Stelvio we descend 3km before taking a right turn and over the Passo Umbrail into Switzerland.
In Switzerland we descend through the beautiful Val Mustair before the road eventually leads back into Italy and along the valley to Prato allo Stelvio. In Prato we start the second ascension of the Stelvio.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to the Milan Malpensa airport. Safe travels!