From Felskinn to the Britannia hut and Plattjen
High-altitude hike through a wild glacial landscape between two cable car summit stations. Glorious views plus an ascent to a historical mountaineers’ hut.
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Saas-Fee has a long history of mountain adventure, from Switzerland’s first recorded descent on skis (in 1849) to pioneering first ascents and construction of some of the first mountain hotels in the Alps. This route takes us to one of the best-loved of all Alpine mountaineers’ huts: the Britannia, built in 1912. The trail begins at Felskinn, summit station for the Felskinn and Alpin Express cable cars (2,988 m). This is also the base station for the Metro Alpin – the world’s highest funicular as well as the world’s highest underground railway, which leads to the world’s highest revolving restaurant and highest glacier grotto. Our hike, however, takes us from the Felskinn station on to an alpine trail across the snows of the Chessjen Glacier to reach the Egginerjoch pass (2,988 m). The views are sublime. The sparkling Fee Glacier adorns the flanks of the Mischabel massif, the third-highest in the Alps (after the Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa massifs). Its summit, the Dom, is the highest peak entirely within Switzerland at 4,545 m. The trail drops into the glacial bowl beyond the pass before climbing across the glacier once again to the Britanniahütte (3,030 m), one of the most-visited mountain huts in the Swiss Alps. Originally built by the «Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club» as a thank-you for hospitality received in the Swiss mountains, the iconic refuge was renovated in 1997 and equipped with solar-powered lighting. We retrace our steps back down into the glacial bowl before following a new trail northwards, high along the flank of the valley all the way to the summit station of the Plattjen gondola. The views of the Saas valley, the Mattmark reservoir and the surrounding peaks are mesmerising. Highlights: Dramatic route for experienced mountain hikers along high-altitude trails Scenic ride up to start of hike by cable car, down from end of hike by gondola Historical Britannia hut with restaurant and spectacular views of glacial landscapes