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Via Ferrata Britannia

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  • Route am Hinner Allalin
    / Route am Hinner Allalin
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  • / Auf dem Klettersteig
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  • / Blick hinunter zur Britanniahütte
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  • / Aussicht auf den Mattmarksee
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  • / Es geht nach oben
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Our latest via ferrata in the Saas Valley offers a breathtaking climbing experience and a unique view of the Allalin and Mattmark area.
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difficult
Distance 1.7 km
2:45 h
251 m
251 m
The Via Ferrata Britannia promises thrills and unique views on the Saas mountains. The difficulty level of the via ferrata is in the range of K-3 (quite difficult) and K-4 (difficult) and some climbing experience is an advantage.

The trail to the start leads from the Britannia Hut in the direction of the Glaciertrail/Mattmark. The first challenge starts right at the start, where it goes up on the rock and over individual climbing aids to an easier traverse in the rock. With a view of the Britannia Hut, the track then climbs again and doesn't get boring. After about two thirds of the via ferrata, the rock forms a small "plain" that invites you to take a breather. After this "plain ", the track leads through the most spectacular part to the ridge of the Hinner Allalin. Here the spectacular view opens up on all sides.

The blue-white-marked descent goes down to the Hohlaub glacier and back to the Britannia Hut. There may be snowfields in some places at any time.

Author’s recommendation

How about an overnight stay at the Britannia Hut?
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Saastal Tourismus AG
Update: October 19, 2021
Difficulty
C/D difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
3,142 m
Lowest point
2,946 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

  • Pay attention to the weather conditions.
  • Plan enough time.
  • Check with the mountain guide offices about any special features and take a guide if you have no experience in via ferrata.

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

Britannia Hütte SAC
CH- 3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0) 27 957 22 88
E-Mail: info@britannia.ch
www.britannia.ch

 

All information about the via ferratas in the Saas-Fee/Saastal:  www.saas-fee.ch/klettersteige or  www.klettersteig.ch

Start

Britannia Hut (3,027 m)
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Destination

Britannia Hut

Turn-by-turn directions

From Felskinn station via Egginerjoch and Chessjen area to the Britannia Hut.

From the Britannia Hut to the entrance, via the via ferrata up to the ridge of the Mittel Allalin and back to the Britannia Hut.

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). From the Busterminal, walk to the AlpinExpress or Felskinn cable cars and ride to the Felskinn station. From here you hike to the Britannia Hut.

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

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:
  • Via ferrata equipment
  • Good footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Weather-dependent clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket with you
  • Headgear
  • Sun protection
  • Tea/water bottle
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Photo camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • 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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Status
closed
Difficulty
C/D difficult
Distance
1.7 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
251 m
Descent
251 m
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