Great views of the Mischabel peaks towering above Saas Fee and the Saas Valley are the highlights of this short trail descending from Plattjen to Saas Fee along the Gemsweg (full description)
This short hike offers terrific views of the 4,000-meter (13,000-ft.) peaks of the Mischabel Range, the Hohlbalm and Fee Glaciers and the Saas Valley. Starting in Plattjen, reach by a gondola from Saas Fee, the trail drops down rocky meadows and then travels through low-lying shrubs and larch forests as it curves around the east and south slopes above Saas Fee.
Great views accompany almost every step of the hike. It is a splendid half day hike, which can be extended when combined with the reverse of the hike from Hannig to Saas Fee. The combined hike, called the Gemsweg, essentially follows a 180-degree arc around the lower slopes of the cirque surrounding the resort village.
The second half of the hike to Hannig travels by a glacial lake fed by a beautiful waterfall, climbs a moraine wall and then follows an ascending traverse through pretty meadows along the steep slopes above the west side of Saas Fee. Along the way the trail enjoys bird’s-eye views of the stunning glacial cirque surrounding Saas Fee and the peaks rising along the east side of the Saas Valley. At Hannig a gondola descends to Sass Fee. For more information see the Hannig to Saas Fee hike.
Weather you just take the trail from Plattjen to Saas Fee or combine the hike with the Hannig trail you are guaranteed to have a great walk.