Panoramic high-level hike that showcases Saas-Fee from different angles and reveals the power of the glaciers that sculpted this bewitching landscape.
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The Gemsweg (“Chamois Trail”) circular route reveals views of Saas-Fee from three sides as it leads through the spectacular glacial landscape that attracted the first international visitors more than 150 years ago and continues to bewitch guests today. The hike begins at Saas-Fee. The first half of the walk leads uphill across the mountain slopes to the west of the resort, eventually reaching the crest of the former lateral moraine of the Fee Glacier. The ridge offers a fine view of the young landscape revealed by the retreating glacier: a stony valley decorated with a lattice of rivulets flowing into a glacial lake. Two centuries ago, all this lay under a river of ice: the atmosphere is magical. Our trail follows the ridge downhill before traversing this new riverscape upstream of the lake. A climb through the forest leads to the Gletschergrotte, a mountain restaurant with sun terrace that offers a handy refreshment stop. Beyond, the trail cross a pair of glacial streams along the way. It then goes down along the Feevispa river and leads you back to the village of Saas-Fee. The walk offers good chances of spotting wildlife including chamois. These agile and shy goat-antelopes can run at up to 50 kph and jump 2 metres vertically in the air. You’ll need patience and a keen eye to spot them! Highlights Superb views of Saas-Fee, its mountains, glaciers and valley Encounter with the new landscapes sculpted by the Fee Glacier Panoramic gondola rides & restaurants at start and finish