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Western Transalp: Cheresoulaz to Zermatt



Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia

The final stretch of the incredible 6-day crossing of the Western Alps.

Also in Valais, Switzerland

Mountain Biking Difficult

49 km
3 km
2.9 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
3.3 km
Western Transalp: Cheresoulaz to Zermatt Map

From Cheresoulaz, take the gravel track to St. Pantaleone and on to Col de Bornes. Take in the views as you go over the Pista de Fonda before you gently ascend to Lago Cignana. Pause at the beautiful lake for a breather before you tackle the steep climb up to Finestra di Cignana. At this point you will need to get off and push for a while, before being rewarded by a fantastic descent, eventually coming to the Petit Bar and the Theodul Pass. From the pass, you descend further down a gravel track to Furi and then Zermatt, the final destination of the Transalp.


Celebrate your finish by soaking in the views of the Matterhorn, famous for being one of the highest mountains in the Alps (4,478m), its near-symmetrical peak, and for being the most photographed mountain in the world!

Sources https://www.outdooractive.com/de/route/mountainbike-transalp/torino/westalpenroute-von-susa-nach-zermatt/1361724/#dmdtab=oax-tab3




Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and September


  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Picturesque
  • Road sections

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