Höhenweg Allmagelleralp

Hängebrücke auf dem Abenteuerweg


Panoramic hike high on the flanks of the Saastal valley culminating in a dramatic adventure trail with two suspension footbridges up to 60 m long.




11.07 km


3:15 h


This exhilarating hike offers a thrilling combination of breathtaking views, pristine nature and high adventure. Add atmospheric mountain restaurants at the start, middle and finish, and you have the ingredients for an unforgettable day out.

The hike starts at Kreuzboden by the gondola station, lake and adventure playground. The first half of the route leads at high level (between 2,400 m and 2,520 m) southwards along the Saastal valley. The views of the glaciated Mischabel massif – which culminates in the Dom (4,545 m), the highest mountain entirely within Switzerland – are bewitching. As the trail rounds the Triftgrätji ridge, hikers enjoy perhaps the finest view of all: up and down the whole valley, to the Mattmark reservoir and beyond.

This initial stretch of trail as far as Triftgrätji also forms the first part of the alpine flower trail (from Kreuzboden to Saas-Grund), which showcases about 240 species of flower including edelweiss and gentian.

Beyond the ridge, the trail continues south before turning east to descend into a side valley, the wild Almagellertal: expect pristine nature and blissful tranquillity. The mountain hotel framed by flower-filled pastures offers an ideal refreshment stop.

Our route leads downstream before turning south again for the hike’s grand finale: the Almagell adventure trail. This leads across the steep, rocky slopes of the Almagellerhorn, and features exposed rock passages secured with hand-holds, rails and nets. Hikers need a sure foot and a good head for heights. After two suspension footbridges, 45 m and 60 m long, the trail finishes in grand style with a nearly vertical path down the rock face.



  • High-altitude trail with spectacular views of the Saastal valley and its glaciated peaks
  • Alpine flowers, pristine nature
  • Adventure trail with two giddy suspension footbridges

Turn-by-turn directions

The expedition starts in Kreuzboden and takes hikers up to 2,500 metres along the Saastal, with views of the Mischabels massif. As the trail skirts around the ridge of the Triftgrätji, you can admire the panorama over the valley as far as the Mattmark dam and discover many species of mountain flowers. The trail continues southwards, before descending into the Almagellertal, a veritable jewel of unspoilt nature. It then continues along the river to reach its highest point: the Almagell discovery trail, which crosses the steep slopes of the Almagellerhorn and includes exposed passages secured by handholds, rails and nets. This section is designed for walkers who are not prone to vertigo. After crossing two suspension bridges, 45 and 60 metres long, the trail ends on an almost vertical path along the rock face. If you prefer a less exposed route, turn right at the junction with the discovery trail, heading for Saas-Almagell.


Kreuzboden, gondola summit station (2399m)


Saas-Almagell (1670m)

Author's recommendation

Holders of the “Citizen’s Pass” enjoy free travel on all summer lifts (excluding Metro Alpin) and postal buses in the Saastal valley, along with many discounts on activities.

Technical information












Best time of the year

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  • Sep
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  • Nov
  • Dec


  • Linear route
  • Scenic
  • Geological highlights
  • Fauna
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Family-friendly
  • Flora
  • Cableway ascent/descent
Getting there

Public transport

Train to Visp; change on to postal bus for Saas-Fee, alight at Saas-Grund for gondola up to Kreuzboden. At end of walk, take bus from Saas-Almagell back to Saas-Grund. Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.


A9 motorway and main road up the Rhône valley to Visp. Turn south up the Vispertal valley, and at Stalden turn left up the Saastal valley. Continue as far as Saas-Grund.


Car park at bottom station of Kreuzboden gondola.


We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Additional information

More information about the destination: 


The tourist office in Saas-Almagell has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.


SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 2526 Saas-Fee


This activity is brought to you by Valais/Wallis Promotion