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Old Chamois Trail

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  • Bergstation Hannig
    Bergstation Hannig
    Photo: Stefan Kürzi, Saastal Tourismus AG
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The Old Chamois Trail leads you over the flanks of the Mischabel chain and the Mittaghorn from Hannig via the restaurant Gletschergrotteglacier up to Plattjen.
Open
moderate
Distance 10.2 km
4:00 h
684 m
450 m
2,570 m
1,912 m
The old Chamois Trail sets off in a south/south-westerly direction from the Hannig mountain station. After a short walk, the trail splits from the main path and continues across the Torrenbach to Spissen. At the fork in the path, the trail continues along the lower path to Trift, where it then descends in short but steep zigzags down to the next turnoff. Here, hikers branch off to the right and continue along Route 10 over the Gand moraine to the Gletschersee. This peaceful and beautiful spot invites hikers to linger a while and contemplate the sheer might of this millennia-old glacier.

From the lake, the trail continues up across the restaurant Gletschergrotte to the Sperwerzucht and then on until it reaches the riverbed. After a few minutes it passes the Fee-Vispa waterfall in the direction of Oberi Schopfen. and continue to Gallenalp. From there there is a rigorous ascent to Berghaus Plattjen - the oldest mountain hut in the Saas Valley. From here it is a half-hour uphill walk to reach Plattjen , or walk down to Saas-Fee.

The Chamois Trail got its name from the fact that the Plattjen area's protection forest is a popular spot for wild chamois, and visitors are almost guaranteed to spot one on their hike.

For more information on the alpine flowers on the trail, see: www.flowerwalks.ch/tourdetail.html?tourid=43

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a break at the restraurant Gletschergrotte.
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Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: August 09, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,570 m
Lowest point
1,912 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.14%Nature trail 7.31%Path 92.31%Unknown 0.22%
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0 km
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0.7 km
Path
9.4 km
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Rest stops

Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

Safety information

  • The Plattjen mountain railway does not run in summer.
  • Plan enough time to hike from Plattjen to Saas-Fee.

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

 

Bergrestaurant Hannig
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 14 19
E-Mail: https://www.saas-fee.ch/de/kulinarik/bergrestaurants/bergrestaurant-hannig

 

Saastal Bergbahnen AG
Panoramastrasse 5
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 11 00
E-Mail:
www.saas-fee.ch/bergbahnen

 

Restaurant Gletschergrotte
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 27 957 21 60
www.gletschergrotte.ch/

 

Start

Saas-Fee, Hannig mountain station (2,339 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'636'934E 1'107'182N
DD
46.115127, 7.916385
DMS
46°06'54.5"N 7°54'59.0"E
UTM
32T 416267 5107409
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Destination

Plattjen, Saas-Fee

Turn-by-turn directions

Hannig - Gletschersee - Restaurant Gletschergrotte - Plattjen

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511).

Get off at the final bus stop Busterminal and walk to the Hannig station

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. In Saas-Grund, turn right after the church in the direction to Saas-Fee.

Parking

You will find parking spaces in the car park directly at the entrance to Saas-Fee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'636'934E 1'107'182N
DD
46.115127, 7.916385
DMS
46°06'54.5"N 7°54'59.0"E
UTM
32T 416267 5107409
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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
  • Headdress
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water
  • Provisions / Food
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the hiking trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
684 m
Descent
450 m
Highest point
2,570 m
Lowest point
1,912 m
Refreshment stops available Scenic Cableway ascent/descent

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