Our Swiss Heli-biking weekend is our newest long weekend adventure. We will explore two of the most spectacular riding regions in the Swiss Alps: the Zermatt valley in the Valais region and Fiesch in the Goms, home of the Aletsch glacier – the largest in the Alps.
On the first two days we’ll make the most of the extensive Swiss lift system and the post buses to maximise the amount of time we spend descending. The last day of the weekend will include a Heli-biking experience with 1 or 2 drops made by Air Zermatt. The helicopter drops enable us to get up high quickly and with an added adrenaline rush!
Choose from the following itineraries:
2 days Zermatt valley only: Day 1 exploring from the lifts in Zermatt, Day 2 Heli-biking experience in Zermatt, 3 nights accommodation.
3 days Zermatt valley and Goms: Day 1 lift-assisted riding from Fiesch, Day 2 exploring some of the best trails in the Zermatt valley or a big mountain day of pedaling, Day 3 Heli-biking experience in Zermatt, 4 nights accommodation.
Email us for a quote specific to your group size and needs.
What is included?
The basic package includes three days of guiding with 4 nights half board accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast), van support for trip logistics and 2 helicopter uplifts. You can choose to remove one day of guiding or add in an extra day.
Depending on your arrival time we might be able to fit in a half day of biking en route to the first night accommodation.
When can I ride the route?
Choose your own dates. The Swiss lift systems open early and stay open late in the season. The helicopters are always running. However the high ground does need to be free of snow to make the most of the Heli-biking. We can run this trip from late June, throughout July, August, September and even into October. We are proposing this trip as a long weekend but we are flexible on start and finish days and if you prefer a mid-week break that is fine with us.
How do I get there?
Take the train all the way, drive or fly to Geneva and we can help you with travel arrangements for getting to the first night hotel.
How hard is it going to be?
The riding will be technical and often above 2000m altitude. You should be an experienced and regular mountain biker. If you choose to add in a big mountain day, crossing a high pass on pedal power alone, you must be fit enough for a climb of 1,500m and a full day of pedaling. The views, the singletrack and the sense of achievement makes it all worth it!
The maximum altitude is approximately 3,100m so there are no problems with altitude sickness but you may still feel the altitude in your lungs when you pedal.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation is in good quality 3* hotels with en-suite rooms. There are hot showers and good and plentiful food every night.
What sort of bike do I need to bring?
A mountain bike! In good working order, recently serviced prior to the trip. Full suspension and disc brakes are highly recommended for this trip to make your life more comfortable. Your bike must be a good quality mountain bike with at least decent front suspension forks, disk brakes and tyres suitable for descending steep rocky terrain. No hybrid bikes as these are not suitable. We ride dual suspension 5 to 6 inch travel “all mountain” and “enduro” style bikes.