Mattmark to Heidbodme via Jazzilucke

Distance: 9.6 - 10.8 miles (one way)

near Saas Fee in Valais

View down the Ofen valley on the climb to Jatzilicku

View down the Ofen valley on the climb to Jatzilicku

 

A scenic hike traversing two beautiful valleys connected by a challenging exposed trail traveling between the Jazzilucke and Antrona Passes on the Swiss-Italian border. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.8 miles (one way) to Jazzilicku
    5.5 miles (one way) to Antrona Pass
    10.8 miles (one way) to Complete Hike to Heidbodme
  • Elevation: 7,193-ft. at Trailhead
    10,129-ft. at Jazzilicku
    9,311-ft. at Antrona Pass
    7,698-ft. at Complete Hike to Heidbodme
  • Elevation Gain: 2,936-ft. to Jazzilicku
    -818-ft. to Antrona Pass
    -2,000-ft. to Complete Hike to Heidbodme
  • Difficulty: strenuous-difficult
  • Basecamp: Saas Fee
  • Region: Valais

Why Hike Mattmark to Heidbodme via Jazzilucke

This challenging hike travels up the beautiful Ofen Valley to the Jazzilucke, the high point of the hike, with panoramic views of the peaks surrounding the Mattmark Dam and extended views of the Monte Rosa massif. A narrow, exposed trail then travels along ledges clinging to the sheer east face of the Jazzihorn before climbing rocky slopes to the peak’s eastern ridge.

The trail then descending along the ridge crest to Antrona Pass, located on the saddle on the ridge between the Jazzihorn and Latelhorn. Antrona Pass, once an important medieval trade route, is a wild and remote spot with views extending down the Furgg Valley in Switzerland and east to the high peaks along the south side of the Troncone Valley in Italy.

Beyond the pass the trail travels on a high route traversing the Furggtal’s steep northeastern slopes, rising and falling to circumvent landslides and ridges. Along the way enjoy extended views of the 4,000-meter peaks rising above Saas Fee. The trail ends at Heidbodme, a scenic belvedere with panoramic views of the peaks rising along the west side of the Saastal.

This trail is recommended for experienced hikers with a good head for heights. The trail is quite exposed along the section running from Jazzilucke to Antrona Pass and should not be taken during bad weather or if the weather is taking a turn for the worse. The trail should also be avoided if covered by ice or slick snow.

I strongly recommend getting an early start for this hike. Warm air rising from the Troncone Valley in Italy often causes mist/clouds to form along the east face of the Jazzihorn and around the Antrona pass by mid-day, enveloping the exposed section of the trail and obscuring views into Italy.

Although this trail can be hiked in either direction, I recommend walking in a counter-clockwise direction to reach the Jazzilucke and the most challenging part of the hike earlier in the day. (See the trailhead directions for more information.)

Before starting the hike, be sure to check the times the last chairlifts down from Heidbodme and Furggstalden. It is a long and very steep walk down to Saas Almagell if you miss the last lift.

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Elevation Profile

Elevation profile for the hike from Mattmark to Heidbodme via Jazzilicku

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