In the Conches valley, this ascent takes you to the highest pass in Switzerland, at 2478m, with its breathtaking views.

As soon as you leave the village of Ulrichen, you won't have long to wait before encountering the first difficulties of the day. However, once you've passed the first series of hairpin bends, you'll be able to catch your breath at a well-deserved flat spot. It's also at this point that you'll catch your first glimpse of the summit up ahead... The respite will be short-lived, as the steepest part of the climb is right in front of you. But don't forget to take a look in the direction of Europe's highest wind farm before you start the final switchbacks. At the summit, the lake marks the border between the cantons of Valais and Ticino.



Vertical rise

1136mD+ (Ulrichen)
937mD+ (Cioss Prato)


13.8km (Ulrichen)
12km (Cioss Prato)



Ulrichen Welcome Village opens at 09:30.

Roads closed from 10:00: The roads are reserved exclusively for cyclists from the Ulrichen village exit to the Ticino village of Bedretto (Ticino side to be confirmed).

Access from Nordisches Zentrum, Ulrichen:

  • By public transport :
    Ulrichen station is located in the immediate vicinity of the Welcome Village. Access by public transport and/or bicycle is recommended.
    Take advantage of Supersaver Tickets to reach Ulrichen at the following times and reserve a place for your bike:
    • arrival times Saturday: between 5pm and end of service 10:30pm
    • Sunday arrival times: 9am to 1pm

    SBB timetables

  • By bike:
    you can reach Welcome Village by bike from Brig (796d+, 38km) or via the Furka from Andermatt (1000d+, 43km) to extend the adventure! Taking the train will save an average of 20kg of CO2 and 10L of fuel!
  • By car:
    The airfield runway will be specially converted into a parking lot for the occasion, and is located close to the Welcome Village.

Area information :


Partner restaurants :

  • Hotel Astoria Restaurant: Spaghetti Bolognese at CHF 21.00 
  • Hotel Walser Restaurant: Gommer Chuchi-Suppä, Spaghetti Bolognese & Napoli (vegetarian) at CHF 19.00
  • Restaurant on the Col du Nufenen: The restaurant on the pass is already looking forward to serving you a raclette or offering you their menu so that you can recharge your batteries on arrival.
  • Restaurant Cioss Prato: The restaurant on the Ticino side will be delighted to offer you its menu before you continue on your way over the Gotthard and Furka for a loop.

Partner hotels :

    • Hotel Astoria: rooms from CHF 79.00 
    • Hotel Nufenen: advantages for reservations by mail or telephone, mentioning your participation in the Ride the Alps.