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Gorge-Alpine

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  • Gorge-Alpine from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund
    / Gorge-Alpine from Saas-Fee to Saas-Grund
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The adventure tour takes you through the gorge between Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund. Using Zip Line, rope bridges, ladders and ropes to traverse the Fee Gorge. Imagine canyoning without water!
moderate
Distance 4 km
3:45 h
230 m
236 m
The Fee Gorge between Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund was equipped as a special adventure parcours. Highlights of the trip are the exciting cable pulleys and the swinging gait. After the end of the tour you reach Saas-Grund in a short walk. Can only be undertaken with a mountain guide!
Difficulty
B/C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Saas-Fee, 1,804 m
Lowest point
Saas-Grund, 1,577 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
0 m 0:05 h
Wall height
220 m
Climbing length
1,100 m, 3:00 h
Descent
230 m, 0:45 h

Safety information

Weather conditions: before setting off to tackle a via ferrata, it is important to check the weather forecast. Bad conditions can make climbing dangerous – particularly in stormy weather.

Rockfalls: because of the risk of falling rocks – usually caused by climbers higher up or by animals – all climbers are strongly advised to wear a helmet.

Safety: always leave sufficient distance between yourself and the climber ahead. There should never be more than one person between two anchor points.

Tips and hints

Opened: can only be undertaken with a mountain guide. In summer the whole gorge is opened, in winter only the lower part of the gorge is accessible.

Rental: at the local sports shops

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Bus station Saas-Fee (1,804 m)
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Destination

Bus station Saas-Fee

Turn-by-turn directions

From the bus station in Saas-Fee, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the start of the via ferrata. The itinerary begins with a descent through the tower of the “La Gorge” restaurant, followed by a first zip wire and a wobbly suspension bridge. Throughout, you are accompanied by the thundering Feevispa River. Later on, you reach a high suspension bridge, 80 metres long. At the end of the route, you glide down another zip wire straight into a gaping cavern; you climb out again via a rope ladder. A path then leads to the small village of Unter den Bodmen, 10 minutes from Saas-Grund. From the campsite, climb the Chapel Trail (Kapellenweg) to return to Saas-Fee.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Trains from whole Switzerland to Visp. From there (southern exit of the train station), take the busses running to Saas-Fee.

Getting there

From Basel/Zurich: Motorway A1 until Bern, A6 until Spiez, towards Kandersteg; Car transport Kandersteg-Goppenstein; towards Gampel - Visp - Saas-Fee. From Geneva: Motorway A1 until Lausanne; towards Sion/Sierre - Leuk - Visp - Saas-Fee.

Parking

Saas-Fee is a car free destination. Use the parking at the entry of the village.

Coordinates

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eugen E. Hüsler, Daniel Anker : Die Klettersteige der Schweiz 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1329 Saas

Equipment

All climbers must wear a harness. Because of the risk of falling rocks along the route, a helmet is also essential. Ensure you have sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing, and bring a small rucksack with water and a snack. A suitable pair of gloves will protect your fingers and knuckles from grazes.

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Difficulty
B/C moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
230 m
Descent
236 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Insider tip Completely cable-secured

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