The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
Grächen - Saas-Fee high route
The most attractive and impressive high route in the Alps with views of the Bernese, Valais and part of the Italian Alps. The itinerary begins at Hannigalp summit station (accessible by cablecar) and leads up towards the chapel. There is a magnificent panorama of the Rhône Valley and the Bernese Alps to look forward to. For about 1h30 the trail follows the mountain range before dropping into the Balfrin Valley. From there the path climbs briefly to Bockwang then continues gradually to Stafelälpji above Saas-Balen. The final section of the route skirts the cliff wall down to Saas-Fee.
How to get there: Train to St. Niklaus, then bus to Grächen
Return: Bus to Stalden, then the train
Fitness requirements: difficult
Vertical metres: 900 m
Total hiking time: 6h
Season: July to september
Restaurants and pubs: Grächen, Saas-Fee
Accomodation: Grächen, Saas-Fee