Mellig, Gibidum and the Bieder Glacier

Distance: 2.7 - 6.4 miles (round trip)

near Saas Fee in Valais

The Hohbalm Glacier

The Hohbalm Glacier


Two lofty overlooks offer impressive bird’s-eye views of the glacial cirque surrounding Saas Fee, the Hohblam Glacier and the Fletschorn-Weissmies group. The return to Saas Fee features views of the Bider Glacier and a walk through a pretty forest.
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  • Distance: 6.4 miles (round trip)
  • Elevation: 7,685-ft. at Trailhead
    Maximum elevation: 9,027-ft.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,342-ft.
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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    Saas Fee / Valais

Why Hike Mellig, Gibidum and the Bieder Glacier

This hike visits two lofty viewpoints, Mellig and Gibidum, high above the northeast side of Saas Fee, with stunning panoramic views of the dramatic cirque of 4,000-meter peaks, adorn with glaciers and waterfalls, towering above the village. Looking up, the Hohbalm Glacier spills down the rugged flanks of the cirque formed by Lenzspitze, the Nadelhorn and Ulrichshorn. Across the Saas Valley to the east the Fletschorn, Lagginhorn and Weissmies dominate the view while to the north distant views extend to the Bernese Alps rising above the Rhone Valley.

Beyond the overlooks the trail drops down to Balmiboden, enjoying fine views of the Bidergletscher (Bider Glacier) cradled along the slopes of the Gemshorn and the southeast face of Balfrin. The trail then turns southeast, descending along forested slopes to Saas Fee.

Shorter versions of the hike visit one or both of the viewpoints before returning the Hannigalp. This is a great hike for families or anyone looking for a nice half day hike.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for Mellig, Gibidum and the Bieder Glacier

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Basecamp(s) Information:
Saas Fee

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