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  • Mattmark Saastal
    / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais
  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais
  • / The Mattmark dam
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  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Saastal Tourismus
  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais
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Starting in Saas-Almagell, this circular ride leads up to the Mattmark dam and around the dam through magnificent alpine scenery before returning to the starting point.
moderate
Distance 22.2 km
2:45 h
593 m
593 m
From Saas-Almagell, this circular tour leads to the Mattmark dam, circles the lake in an alpine landscape and returns to the starting point via a rapid downhill run.

Author’s recommendation

Take your time. Enjoy the tranquil setting to the full along with the magnificent flora along the trail.
Difficulty
S0 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Mattmark dam (near Schwarzbergalp), 2,248 m
Lowest point
Village of Saas-Almagell, 1,670 m
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Rest Stop

Mattmark Restaurant

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tips and hints

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: 

More information: Saasfee - Saastal

Start

Village of Saas-Almagell (1,672 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'640'154E 1'104'866N
DD
46.094111, 7.957832
DMS
46°05'38.8"N 7°57'28.2"E
UTM
32T 419439 5105031
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Destination

Village of Saas-Almagell

Turn-by-turn directions

The mountain bike route begins in the village square of Saas-Almagell. Ride between the Monte-Moro house and the Volg shop and follow the lane as far as the textile shop. At Zer Meiggeru, near the retention basin, take the tarmac road towards Eiju-Sand and then follow the track that climbs gently to the left. Cross the bridge and then turn left onto the earth track before crossing the field at the foot of the dam to reach the Mattmark restaurant. From here, you first pass through a pedestrian tunnel before riding along the western shore of the reservoir as far as Dischtelalp. You then ride back along the eastern shore of the lake via a narrower track to the dam. From here, begin your descent to Saas-Almagell by riding straight ahead first of all, and then following a zig-zag trail through a boulder-strewn slope down to the foot of the dam. The rest of the ride back to the starting point follows the outward leg.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB train to Visp and then the postal bus towards Saas-Fee. Alight at Saas-Grund and take another postal bus towards Saas-Almagell/Mattmark. The trail starts at the bus stop Saas-Almagell, Dorfplatz. 

Getting there

Take the cantonal road to Visp. At the roundabout by the Landbrücke bridge, turn south on the road for Saas-Fee and Zermatt. If driving from Raron, take the second exit at the first roundabout before Visp and drive through the Visp tunnel (Vispertaltunnel), heading south. Both routes lead you south up the Saas valley. At the “Killerhof” roundabout (after Stalden), take the second exit towards Saas-Fee and follow the road towards Saas-Fee. At the junction in Saas-Grund (after the church), turn left in the direction of Saas-Almagell. Follow the road until Saas-Almagell.

Parking

Public parking available on the right side of the road after the tourist office.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'640'154E 1'104'866N
DD
46.094111, 7.957832
DMS
46°05'38.8"N 7°57'28.2"E
UTM
32T 419439 5105031
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Saas-Almagell has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1329 Saas
  • 1349 Monte Moro

Equipment

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

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
22.2 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
593 m
Descent
593 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Insider tip

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