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Stage 5 Gravel Bike Route Anterior Rhine: Obersaxen – Alp Nova – Ilanz


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The gravel tour through the Surselva to Disentis-Sedrun and the Maighelshütte promises not only an exciting journey of discovery, but also a journey through the largest Romansh-speaking area of Graubünden to the source of the Rhine.

  • Type Gravelbike
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 4:05 h
  • Distance 38,3 km
  • Ascent 1252 m
  • Descent 1831 m
  • Lowest point 700 m
  • Highest point 2079 m


Many roads lead to Rome and many through Obersaxen. You’lll reach Meierhof (1,259m above sea level) via Miraniga to Wali. Here you’ll get on the MTB route no. 90 which continues via the Alp Stavonas to the Alp Prada (1,971m above sea level). A short descent promises some rest, but shortly after the route will ascent again with a short, steep meadow path to Alp Naul. A natural road will take you to the highest point of the day, the Alp Nova (2,077m above sea level). You’ll be way past the tree line now, and up here, wind and weather have no mercy. The route comfortably leads to Alp Sezner (1,982m above sea level). On the descent to Vignogn, you’ll be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Val Lumnezia - and on hot days you can cool off in the Davos Munts bathing lake.

Via Vella (1,244m asl), the journey continues through the valley to Morissen, where the route’s last ascent awaits you. Via the small chapel Sogn Carli, you’ll get to the Mountain Inn Bündner Rigi. At 1618 altitude, a magical view of the Val Lumnezia and the Rheinschlucht (Rhine gorge) will surprise you. Enjoy the winding descent towards Luven (998m above sea level), before you end the gravel bike day in Ilanz (699m above sea level), the first city on the Rhine.


Overall route: Chur  – Chur

Stage 1: Chur – Ilanz

Stage  2: Ilanz – Lag Pigniu – Brigels

Stage  3: Brigels – RhB – Lai Tuma – Disentis

Stage  4: Disentis – Obersaxen

Stage  5: Obersaxen – Alp Nova – Ilanz

Stage  6: Ilanz – Flimserwald – Chur

Map and arrival

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