The hike begins at Hannig, accessible from Saas-Fee by gondola. The first half of the walk leads downhill 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 initially follows a roughly level route through the forest, crossing a pair of glacial rivers along the way. The path then climbs steadily beyond the treeline, eventually reaching the Plattjen ridge by the Berghaus Plattjen – said to be the oldest mountain restaurant in the valley. The path then follows the steep ridge to reach the top station of the Plattjen gondola.
The latter half of the walk, especially, 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!
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