Hannig to Saas Fee (Gemsweg Part 1)

Distance: 4.0 miles (one way)

near Saas Fee in Valais

View of the Allainhorn, Alphubel and the Fee Glacier from Hannig

View of the Allainhorn, Alphubel and the Fee Glacier from Hannig

 

Few hikes in the Saas Fee area feature the scenic bang for the buck found along the path from Hannig to Saas Fee. A glacial lake, glistening waterfalls and ever changing views of the high peaks surrounding Saas Fee are a few of the highlights along this delightful trail. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.0 miles (one way)
  • Elevation: 7,684-ft. at Trailhead
    Maximum elevation - 7,684-ft.
  • Elevation Gain: -1,704-ft.
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Basecamp: Saas Fee
  • Region: Valais

Why Hike Hannig to Saas Fee (Gemsweg Part 1)

This short, lovely hike features bird’s-eye views of the stunning glacial cirque surrounding Saas Fee and the peaks towering above the east side of the Saas Valley. Starting in Hannig, reach by a gondola from Saas Fee, the trail travels through meadows dotted with wildflowers, crosses glacial streams and then drops to a glacial lake below a pretty waterfall as it curves around the west and south slopes above Saas Fee.

Every step of the way is filled with delightful views. Numerous spots along the trail beckon hikers to take a break and soak in the scene. This is the perfect half day walk.

The trail, when combined with the hike from Plattjen trail, forms the Gemsweg, a trail essentially following a 180-degree arc around the lower slopes of the cirque surrounding the resort village. From the glacial lake the second half of the hike travels by waterfalls and crosses the Fee-Vispa River before climbing on steep grades through larches, low shrubs and then meadows to Plattjen, where a gondola descends to Saas Fee. Hikers are rewarded for their efforts with great views of the Mischabel Range and the Saas Fee glacial cirque.

Alternative, take the gondola to Hannig and start your day with a round-trip hike visiting two lofty overlook, Mellig and Gibidum, with stunning panoramic views. (See the Mellig, Gibidum and Bidergletscher hike for more information.) Upon returning to Hannig, take the Gemsweg to the glacier lake and then back to Saas Fee.

However you incorporate the trail into your itinerary, you will have a wonderful day.

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile - Hannig to Saas Fee

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