Chamois Trail closed

Over the flanks of the Mischabel chain and the shores of the glacial lake, we continue onwards to the Gletschergrotte. From here, you hike along the Suone and back to Saas-Fee.

The Chamois Trail sets off in a south/south-westerly direction from the Hannig mountain station. After a short walk, the trail splits from the main path and continues across the Torrenbach to Spissen. At the fork in the path, the trail continues along the lower path to Trift, where it then descends in short but steep zigzags down to the next turnoff. Here, hikers branch off to the right and continue along Route 10 over the Gand moraine to the Gletschersee. This peaceful and beautiful spot invites hikers to linger a while and contemplate the sheer might of this millennia-old glacier.  

Turn-by-turn directions

Hannig - Gletschersee - Gletschergrotte - Bifig - Grundbiel - Busterminal

Start: Station Hannig, Saas-Fee (2339 m)
Destination: Busterminal, Saas-Fee (1803 m)

Author's recommendation

The terrace at the “Gletschergrotte” mountain restaurant is a great place to savour a short, nourishing break.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2339 m 1785 m

  • Ascent

    106 m

  • Descent

    642 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

SBB (by train) to Visp, change to the PostBus towards Saas-Fee. From the bus terminal via Haus der Geschenke to the Hannigbahn valley station.


Mainroad 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 right towards Saas-Fee.


At the village entrance on the public car park.


  • Good footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Weather-dependent clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket with
  • Headdress
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottle of water
  • Provisions / Food
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the hiking trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

Safety information

  • Pay attention to the cableway timetable.
  • Make sure you plan enough time for the hike and be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and good outdoor clothing.

Additional information

The Chamois Trail is a regional route of SwitzerlandMobility and is marked with the number 183

Saastal Tourismus AG
Obere Dorfstrasse 2
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 18 58
E-Mail: info@saas-fee.ch

Bergrestaurant Hannig
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 14 19
E-Mail: info@morenia.ch

Saastal Bergbahnen AG
Panoramastrasse 5
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 958 11 00
E-Mail: bergbahnen@saas-fee.ch

Restaurant Gletschergrotte
3906 Saas-Fee
Phone: +41 (0)27 957 21 60


In German: Wanderführer Saas-Fee/Saastal (Banzhaf/Retze/Zurbriggen) ISBN 978 -3-907099-32-2


Wanderkarte Saas-Fee 1:25'000 (ISBN 978-3-905756-25-8)

Hiking map Saas-Fee/Saastal