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Above the Mattmark Lake

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  • Blick auf dem Weg mit Ofental
    / Blick auf dem Weg mit Ofental
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  • / Über dem Mattmarksee
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  • / Mattmark Stausee
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  • / Abzweigung Tällibodu
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  • / Ofental mit Blick auf das Allalinhorn
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  • / Blick vom Ofental auf den Mattmarksee
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An almost forgotten trail above the Mattmark reservoir. From Mattmark, take the pass trail to Tälliboden, over into the unspoilt Ofental valley and back to the starting point.
Open
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
4:00 h
485 m
485 m
2,571 m
2,198 m
The trail starts at the Mattmark Restaurant and leads via Distelalp and the historic Pass Trail towards Monte Moro. After the first two significant ascents, the valley opens up in the so-called «Tälliboden», characterised by the watercourse and rough valley basin.At the junction at the front «Tälliboden», the trail turns left and follows the rock wall out of the valley. This rocky passage leads around the Galmenhorn and takes the hiker into the wildly romantic Ofental valley. This valley seems like it has almost not been touched by a human hand. Apart from the wind and the murmur of the mountain stream, you only hear yourself—otherwise, only alpine silence.After crossing the stream, the trail continues across the alpine mountain meadows out of the valley. With a view of Lake Mattmark, the zigzag path descends over the flank of the Stellihorn. Finally, the top of the dam is crossed. The history of Mattmark is presented here on timetables.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the alpine tranquillity.
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Author
Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: June 24, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,571 m
Lowest point
2,198 m
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Rest stops

Mattmark Restaurant

Safety information

  • Pay attention to the Postauto bus timetable.
  • Swimming in the artificial lake is prohibited.
  • Insufficient mobile phone network on some parts of the trail.
  • Make sure you plan enough time for the hike and be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and good outdoor clothing.

Tips and hints

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58
E-Mail: info@saas-fee.ch
www.saas-fee.ch

Restaurant Marrmark
3905 Saas-Almagell
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 29 06

Start

Mattmark, Saas-Almagell (2,198 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'639'961E 1'099'763N
DD
46.048224, 7.954897
DMS
46°02'53.6"N 7°57'17.6"E
UTM
32T 419145 5099936
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Destination

Mattmark, Saas-Almagell

Turn-by-turn directions

Restaurant Mattmark - Distelalp - Tälliboden - Ofental - Dam(Chrizegge) - Restaurant Mattmark

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511). Change bus in Saas-Grund towards Saas-Almagell/ Mattmark. Get off at the Mattmark stop.

Getting there

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, drive south in the direction of Saas-Fee. At the "Killerhof" roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee.  At the crossing in Saas-Grund (after the church) turn left towards Saas-Almagell. Follow the street until the End at Mattmark dam.

Parking

Parkplatz direkt beim Staudamm vorhanden.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'639'961E 1'099'763N
DD
46.048224, 7.954897
DMS
46°02'53.6"N 7°57'17.6"E
UTM
32T 419145 5099936
w3w 
///leaned.helped.pronouns
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

In German:  Wanderführer Saas-Fee/Saastal (Banzhaf/Retze/Zurbriggen) ISBN 978 -3-907099-32-2

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Saas-Fee 1:25'000 (ISBN 978-3-905756-25-8)

Hiking Map Saas-Fee/Saastal

Equipment

  • Good footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Weather-dependent clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket with you
  • Headgear
  • Sun protection
  • Tea/water bottle
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Photo camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
485 m
Descent
485 m
Highest point
2,571 m
Lowest point
2,198 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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