The trail starts with a long climb, on an incline gentle enough to run up to the Antronapass. Some easy scrambling follows, and finally a fast downhill finish.
Distance 23.7 km
Starting in Saas-Almagell, the 21-kilometre loop leads over an ancient salt trading (and smuggling) route, and connects two wild Swiss valleys, passing over the Italian border on its way. Switchbacks lead up through larch forest and into the secluded Furggtälli Valley. Heading to the back of the valley, easy running becomes rockier and more technical as you approach the Antronapass, where you cross into Italy and make your way around the Jazzihorn before returning to Switzerland at Jazzilücke. At that point, you’ve gained nearly 1400 metres, now it's time to descend the same distance.
The steep descent to the Ofental eventually levels out and the trail provides a mix of both technical and fast running. Speeding down to the Mattmark dam might be the first time you meet other people on this otherwise remote route. Stride alongside the turquoise water of the lake before descending to Saas-Almagell.
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at your own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes.
For all trails:
Use marked trails only, and take note of all signposting – for both your own safety as well as that of grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
Close gates after passing through.
Please treat other trail users, as well as the plants and animals, with respect.
For mountain trails:
Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
Plan your trail carefully: take the fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season into consideration.
Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In case of uncertain weather conditions, turn back in good time.
Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
Take note of warning signs indicating the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.
From Saas-Almagell, the trail goes along the Saaser Vispe to Zer Meiggeru. At the bridge after the equalisation basin, the trail turns left and leads over the Furggalp and Furgtälli up to the Antronapass. On the border ridge, it goes behind the Stellihorn and Jazzihorn to the Jazzilücke. This is the most dangerous part of the trail. From Jazzilücke, the trail descends through the Ofutal valley to the Mattmark dam. The way back is via the hiking trail past the Eyualp and Zer Meiggeru back to Saas-Almagell.
all notes on protected areas
SBB (by train) to Visp, change to the PostBus towards Saas-Fee. In Saas-Grund change to the PostBus in the direction Saas-Almagell / Mattmark. Get off at the Saas-Almagell Post stop.
Kantonsstrasse to Visp, at the roundabout at the land bridge south towards Saas-Fee & Zermatt. At the ‘Killerhof’ roundabout (after Stalden) second exit towards Saas-Fee. At the crossing in Saas-Grund (after the church), turn left towards Saas-Almagell. Follow the road until Saas-Amagell.
Public car park on the right site after tourist office.
32T 419302 5105075
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
"Run the Alp" von Dan Patitucci & Janine Patitucci, Helvetiq-Verlag; ISBN: 978-2-940481-47-7
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