Another of the Saas Valley’s great high walks, this scenic trail traversing high above the east side of the valley features wonderful panoramic views of the 13,000-ft/4,000-meter peaks of the Mischabel Range. (full description)
The panoramic Gspon Hohenweg traverses high above the east side of the Saastal Valley with splendid views of the Mischabel Range. The range, separating the Saas Valley from the Mattertal – with Zermatt at it head, is a magnificent wall of mountains with twelve peaks over 13,000-ft/4,000-meters high including the Dom – the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland.
Starting in Gspon, a sun-drenched hamlet on the high slopes near the foot of the Saas Valley, the trail travels south/southeast high above the valley floor, through meadows and forest with ever evolving views of the Mischabel Range. Initally the Seetelhorn, Biggerhorn and Balfrin dominate the view. Halfway along the route the jagged profiles of the Taschhorn, Dom and Lenzspitze join the stunning scene.
Soon views open to the southwest where the massive Fee Glacier spills down the slopes between the Allalinhorn and Alphubel. These peaks, along with the Taschhorn, Dom and Lenzspitze, form an amazing cirque of 4,000-meter peaks surrounding Saas Fee. Huge glaciers cling to the flanks of the peaks while waterfalls fed by glacial meltwater gush down the mountainsides to the valley below.
The trail ends at Kreuzboden where a scenic gondola whisks hikers down to the Saas Gund for a bus ride back to Saas Fee or back down the valley. Purists can walk down to Saas Grund along a very steep trail plunging over 2,700-ft. to the valley floor.
This walk is an easier and shorter alternative to the challenging Saas Fee Hohenweg across the valley, making it a good option for families or anyone looking for a great hike with lovely views.
The trail can be walked in either direction, I recommend walking up valley, from Gspon to Kreuzboden, for the best views.