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Saas-Fee - Along the valleys

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  • Saaser Vispa in the valley leading to Saas-Fee
    / Saaser Vispa in the valley leading to Saas-Fee
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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Starting out from Visp, you follow the same road that leads to the Mattmark dam as far as the village of Saas-Grund. Turning off to the right, three kilometres of continual climbing brings you to the village of Saas-Fee, whose streets are reserved exclusively for pedestrians and electric vehicles. 

moderate
26.5 km
2:44 h
1200 m
0 m

Starting out from Visp, the first few kilometres of the route are fairly gentle and let you get warmed up before the real ascent, which starts shortly before you reach the village of Stalden. You then turn off to the left in the direction of Saas-Fee, leaving the valley leading to Zermatt on your right. The next few kilometres until you reach Saas-Grund are winding and relatively steep. Here, you make a final change of direction before tackling the last few strenuous kilometres to Saas-Fee. This quiet, car-free resort offers breathtaking, panoramic views of several mountain peaks over 4000 metres in height: Dom, Nadelhorn, Täschhorn, Alphubel, Allalinhorn...

Author’s recommendation

Take a ride on the world’s highest funicular railway, up to "Mittelallalin” !

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Saas Fee, 1806 m
Lowest point
Visp, 648 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

More information: 

Start

Visp train station (648 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.293231, 7.881369
UTM
32T 413840 5127236

Destination

Saas Fee

Turn-by-turn directions

From Visp, begin with a warm-up by following the river Vispa. On the road leading to the famous resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fee, you pass through the village of Stalden before turning off to the left and entering the Saastal valley. There is a steady climb up to Saas-Balen. You can now relax your leg muscles until you reach Saas-Almagell by way of Saas-Grund, before attacking the final, steeper climb up to Saas-Fee. The view of the high valley leading to the Mattmark dam down below is magical. On arrival in Saas-Fee, follow the route as far as the Mittaghorn cable car station and enjoy the fantastic backdrop provided by the high summits all around.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland via the Lötschberg tunnel or the Simplon line to Visp.

Getting there

Take the cantonal road number 9 from Brig or Sierre to Visp.

Parking

Underground parking at Visp train station. Follow the car park routeing in Visp.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2526 Saas Fee


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
26.5 km
Duration
2:44 h
Ascent
1200 m
Descent
0 m
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