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On the trail of the marmots

· 3 reviews · Hikes · Saas-Fee · Open
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  • The Marmot Trail is true to its name
    The Marmot Trail is true to its name
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The trail up to Spielboden promises not only great views on Saas-Fee and the glacier, but also impressive moments with our tame marmots.
Open
easy
Distance 3.9 km
2:00 h
650 m
1 m
2,448 m
1,787 m
The tame marmots that reside below Spielboden are a must-see attraction for all visitors to the Saas Valley. As soon as the furry little rodents awake from hibernation they begin to frolic around on the hillsides and don't miss any opportunity to beg a morsel from passing hikers. They have even been known to give some of our younger visitors a little kiss (see photo).

The trail starts from the sports ground in Saas-Fee and leads up to the beautiful Gletschersee, hidden behind the Gand moraine en route to Spielboden. From there, the path continues to the Gletschergrotte restaurant located on the Gletscheralp. In the olden days, farmers had to herd their cows and goats over the glacier tongues before these meadows could be put to use.
After crossing the Gletscheralp, hikers have a final climb up to Spielboden. This is the location of Spielboden mountain restaurant and the mountain station of the Spielboden cableway, which can transport hikers comfortably back down to Saas-Fee.

Tip: Discover the Murmeli Trail on Spielboden.

Author’s recommendation

For the Marmottes take some nuts an carotts with you.
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Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: June 03, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,448 m
Lowest point
1,787 m
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Rest stops

Spielboden
Mountain restaurant Gletschergrotte

Safety information

  • Pay attention to the cableway timetable.
  • Do not feed the marmots junk food; only feed them healthy foods such as carrots, lettuce and/or nuts.

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

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

Restaurant Gletschergrotte
Kempf Sandra u. Kari
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 21 60
E-Mail: info@gletschergrotte.ch
www.gletschergrotte.ch

Restaurant Spielboden
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 22 12
E-Mail: spielboden@saas-fee.ch

Start

Saas-Fee, Sport court Chalbermatten (1,787 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'637'578E 1'106'077N
DD
46.105149, 7.924623
DMS
46°06'18.5"N 7°55'28.6"E
UTM
32T 416889 5106292
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Destination

Spielboden, Saas-Fee

Turn-by-turn directions

Saas-Fee - Gletschersee - Gletschergrotte - Gletscheralp - Spielboden

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).

 

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
2'637'578E 1'106'077N
DD
46.105149, 7.924623
DMS
46°06'18.5"N 7°55'28.6"E
UTM
32T 416889 5106292
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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

Hiking Map 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

Questions and answers

Question from Mayte schmid  · April 23, 2021 · Community
when is the earliest that one can feed the marmots? when do they wake up from hibernation?
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Answered by Enzio Bregy  · April 23, 2021 · Saastal Tourismus AG
Hello Mayte In Saas-Fee, the first marmots have already awakened at Stafelwald area and can be visited. At Spielboden the marmots are slowly waking up from hibernation.

Rating

4.7
(3)
David Menth
July 13, 2020 · Community
Super balade faites avec nos filles de 11, 9 et 7ans sans problème. On a vu pleins de marmottes!
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.9 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
650 m
Descent
1 m
Highest point
2,448 m
Lowest point
1,787 m
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