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Längfluh / Saas-Fee

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  • Längfluh stone hut
    / Längfluh stone hut
    Photo: Stefan Kürzi, Saastal Tourismus AG
  • / View of Längfluh from the path
    Photo: Saastal Tourismus AG
  • / View of Saas-Fee from Gletscheralp
    Photo: Stefan Kürzi, Saastal Tourismus AG
  • / Gletschergrotte Restaurant
    Photo: Stefan Kürzi, Saastal Tourismus AG
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An Alpine panorama, crystal clear water and cool larch forests characterise this hike, the motto of which is "From the glacier to the village".
Distance 6.4 km
2:00 h
23 m
1,086 m
2,869 m
1,783 m
Be prepared for breathtaking views on this hike from the foot of the ice that never melts. You’ll be traversing the impressive glaciers of the Saas and the Mischabel ranges, along with the highest mountain in the Swiss Alps located solely on Swiss soil - the Dom – seemingly within touching distance. With a bit of luck, you may run into a couple of cheeky marmots on the path. Captivated by this impressive panorama, you’ll undoubtedly want to stay for a while to have a chance to admire it, such as at the Längfluh Hut, where you can enjoy a meal or relax on the deckchairs in the sun.

Author’s recommendation

Stop off in the Spielboden region and see how the tame marmots eat out of your hand.
Highest point
Längfluh, 2,869 m
Lowest point
Saas-Fee, 1,783 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time. 

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 


Längfluh (2,868 m)
2'635'364E 1'103'742N
46.084270, 7.895821
46°05'03.4"N 7°53'45.0"E
32T 414630 5104003



Turn-by-turn directions

From the top station of the Längfluh cable car, follow the path across a ski slope and beneath the impressive summit of the Dom, crossing the foot of the glacier up to the Skibrücke. The path, which gives you a breathtaking view of the village of Saas-Fee, zigzags down to Spielboden, followed by a relatively steep and equally winding path towards Saas-Fee. After the Gletscheralp, continue through a young larch forest to the Glacier Grotto Restaurant. From here, you will cross another larch forest followed by a glacial lake and a former mill wheel. After descending over the glacier moraine, follow the tarred road to Saas-Fee.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Geneva or Brig, take the train to Visp and when you arrive, head to the bus station next door and take Post Bus number 511 to Saas-Fee.

Getting there

From Visp, take the road heading uphill towards Zermatt/Saas Fee. At the roundabout after Stalden, follow the signs to Saas Fee until you reach the car park at the entrance to car-free Saas-Fee resort.


A large paid car park as well as numerous parking spaces are located at the entrance to the car-free resort.


2'635'364E 1'103'742N
46.084270, 7.895821
46°05'03.4"N 7°53'45.0"E
32T 414630 5104003
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "Saas-Fee/Saastal" (Banzhaf/Retze/Zurbriggen) ISBN 978 -3-907099-32-2

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopoMaps 1:25,000: 1328 Randa / 2526 Saas-Fee


We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, to download) 

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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6.4 km
2:00 h
23 m
1,086 m
Highest point
2,869 m
Lowest point
1,783 m
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