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Allmagellerhütte - Zwischbergenpass - Zwischbergen, Bord

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  • View from the Zwischbergen Pass in the direction of Zwischbergen Valley
    / View from the Zwischbergen Pass in the direction of Zwischbergen Valley
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  • / Almagellerhütte SAC
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  • / Start above the Allmagellerhütte
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  • / Ascent with a view towards the pass of Zwischbergen
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  • / Rubble at the pass of Zwischbergen
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  • / Descent with a view over Staubecken
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  • / Sheperd's hut at the Galki
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  • / Ruins in the Gmeinalp
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  • / next to the river in the direction of the valley
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  • / Bridge at Fa
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m 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Berghotel Almagelleralp Saas-Almagell, Post Zwischbergen, Bord Berggasthof Bord
The demanding hike leads from the Allmagellerhütte SAC over the Zwischbergenpass to Bord. A day hike with challenging alpine passages awaits the conquerors.
Distance 15 km
5:30 h
424 m
1,958 m
The day tour starts at the Allmagellerhütte, where there is an overnight accommodation option. After a 45-minute ascent (about 400 m), you reach the signpost at the Zwischbergen Pass. After a short scramble through large boulders, you reach the highlight of the tour, the Zwischbergenpass. The first steep and somewhat arduous descent over loose scree and rock to the snowfield follows. The further descent variant is ideally chosen based on the current snow conditions and tracks. The official route leads relatively close to the rock on the left down to the glacier moraine and the stream. After crossing the stream, the longer the trail, the greener it becomes. Rocks and scree give way to green meadows and alpine flowers. At "Zibelenflue" the last challenging section awaits, which is overcome safely with handrails. With a view of the Fa reservoir, the tour continues to descend past the shepherd's hut in Galki towards Gmeinalp. In Gmeinalp, numerous ruins bear witness to times gone by. The trail leads rather flat along the streambed into the Cheller and to the Fa reservoir. After a short, wide passage on a private road, the trail turns right and continues downhill through the forest. Along the "Great Water", the path turns left shortly before the destination in the direction of Zwischbergen, Bord.

This hike is very demanding. The last ascent over large stones to Zwischbergenpass and the descent over the loose scree and snow field to Zibelenflüe has an alpine character and must not be underestimated under any circumstances. Due to the natural conditions (snowfield, scree), the trail is not always clearly visible, but there are clearly visible markings in many places. Good preparation and equipment are absolutely essential for this tour.



From Zwischbergen, Borf there is a call bus during the summer months. Reservations are essential up to 2 hours before departure or in the evening by 5.00 pm.


Author’s recommendation

Reward yourself at the Berggasthof Bord with a fine piece of apricot cake. For tired hikers, the mountain inn offers cosy overnight accommodation.
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Lena Imstepf 
Update: September 06, 2021
Highest point
3,269 m
Lowest point
1,337 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Almageller Hütte 2.894m
Berghotel Almagelleralp
Berggasthof Bord

Safety information

For alpine hikes, consider the following safety tips:


  • Choose a hike that is appropriate for your abilities
  • Mountain hiking is an endurance sport. Only set off in a healthy and rested condition.
  • Stay alert during the ascent and descent
  • When planning, pay attention to current weather reports. Turn back early in case of bad weather
  • Equipment should be adapted to the hike
  • Good hiking shoes are mandatory to wear
  • Always stay on marked trails. Shortcuts should be avoided
  • Regular breaks with food and drink are necessary to maintain concentration and efficiency
  • Hiking alone should be avoided Inform others about the planned route.
  • Respect nature! Always take litter with you and observe regulations in protected areas.


All hikes are at the hiker's own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.


Tips and hints

Further information and tips on


Allmagellerhütte SAC (2,892 m)


Bord, Zwischbergen

Turn-by-turn directions

Almagellerhütte SAC - Zwischbergenpass - Gmeinalp - Cheller - Stausee Fa - Zwischbergen, Bord


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Travel by post bus from Brig or Visp railway station in the direction of the Saas Valley. Depending on the starting point of the hike to the Allmagellerhütte, get off the bus at the appropriate stop in Saas-Almagell. You will cover the distance to the Allmagellerhütte SAC on foot.

Alternatively, take the post bus to Saas-Almagell, Sportplatz and walk to the station of the Furggstalden chairlift (note timetable). After the chairlift ride, walk along the Almagell adventure trail towards Almagelleralp and on to the Almagellerhütte SAC. This trail leads over two suspension bridges and is only recommended for hikers with a head for heights.


In the summer months, the Zwischbergental is served by a call bus. Book your journey with the call bus at least two hours before departure and in the evenings by telephone on 079 713 70 02. The bus only runs with reservations and takes you from Zwischbergen, board down to Gondo, church. To the timetable.

Getting there

By car or post bus to Saas-Almagell. The starting point of the tour, the Allmagellerhütte, can be reached in around 3.5 hours from Saas-Almagell.


Fee required parking is available in the Saas Valley and in Gondo.


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

You can get the SwissTopo hiking map "Simplon" at the Brig and Simplon Tourist Office.


The following equipment should be taken along for alpine hikes:


  • High mountain boots possibly suitable for crampons
  • gloves
  • cap
  • Clothes adapted to the season and weather
  • ice axe, rope and safety equipment
  • maps 1:25 000
  • altimeter
  • First aid kit with rescue blanket
  • cell phone
  • Enough provisions

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15 km
5:30 h
424 m
1,958 m
Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Scenic


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