Trail running

Trail running

Jazzilücke-Loop closed

The trail starts with a long climb, on an incline gentle enough to run up to the Antronapass. Some easy scrambling follows, and finally a fast downhill finish.

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Length

    23.7 km

  • Duration

    5:30 h

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Starting in Saas-Almagell, the 21-kilometre loop leads over an ancient salt trading (and smuggling) route, and connects two wild Swiss valleys, passing over the Italian border on its way. Switchbacks lead up through larch forest and into the secluded Furggtälli Valley. Heading to the back of the valley, easy running becomes rockier and more technical as you approach the Antronapass, where you cross into Italy and make your way around the Jazzihorn before returning to Switzerland at Jazzilücke. At that point, you’ve gained nearly 1400 metres, now it's time to descend the same distance. The steep descent to the Ofental eventually levels out and the trail provides a mix of both technical and fast running. Speeding down to the Mattmark dam might be the first time you meet other people on this otherwise remote route. Stride alongside the turquoise water of the lake before descending to Saas-Almagell.

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Turn-by-turn directions

From Saas-Almagell, the trail goes along the Saaser Vispe to Zer Meiggeru. At the bridge after the equalisation basin, the trail turns left and leads over the Furggalp and Furgtälli up to the Antronapass. On the border ridge, it goes behind the Stellihorn and Jazzihorn to the Jazzilücke. This is the most dangerous part of the trail. From Jazzilücke, the trail descends through the Ofutal valley to the Mattmark dam. The way back is via the hiking trail past the Eyualp and Zer Meiggeru back to Saas-Almagell.

Start: Saas-Almagell village centre (1672 m)
Destination: Saas-Almagell, village centre (1672 m)

Technical information

  • Altitude

    3087 m 1672 m

  • Ascent

    1463 m

  • Descent

    1463 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 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. In Saas-Grund change to the PostBus in the direction Saas-Almagell / Mattmark. Get off at the Saas-Almagell Post stop.

Approach

Kantonsstrasse 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 left towards Saas-Almagell. Follow the road until Saas-Amagell.

Parking

Public car park on the right site after tourist office.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • Hat or peak cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking poles

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at your own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes.

For all trails:

  • Use marked trails only, and take note of all signposting – for both your own safety as well as that of grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please treat other trail users, as well as the plants and animals, with respect.

For mountain trails:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan your trail carefully: take the fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season into consideration.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In case of uncertain weather conditions, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Take note of warning signs indicating the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Additional information

Style: flow 60%, technical 30%, exposed 10%
Running: 75%
Course: round, clockwise

More information about the destination:

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

 

Literature

"Run the Alp" von Dan Patitucci & Janine Patitucci, Helvetiq-Verlag; ISBN: 978-2-940481-47-7