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Old Valley Trail from Saas-Grund to Saas-Balen

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  • Woodland trail from Saas-Grund to Saas-Balen
    / Woodland trail from Saas-Grund to Saas-Balen
    Photo: Saastal Tourismus AG
m 1600 1550 1500 3,5 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Dreifaltigkeitskapelle Bidermatten St. Antonius Kapelle Saas-Grund, Post Tamatten Saas-Balen, Dorf
Hike along old paths through the old hamlets from Saas-Grund to Saas-Balen.
closed
easy
Distance 3.7 km
1:10 h
15 m
86 m
The Old Valley Trail runs close to the valley road between Saas-Grund and Saas-Balen, which was once heavily used since it was the only route through the valley.
The trail starts at Saas-Grund's village square, where the church once stood next to the cemetery. Today, the tower is all that still remains of the old church. From there, the former valley road passes through the hamlet of Gasse, past the artificial ice rink to "Unter dem Berg" and on to the Holy Trinity Chapel, built in 1735. The route continues through the old Tamatten and on to Biedermatten, where there is a turn-off to St. Anthony's Chapel (built 1692), dedicated to the Holy Family. The trail continues along above the road via the Meiggerli to Saas-Balen.

Author’s recommendation

There are 3 chapels along the way. Among them is the oldest chapel in the Saas Valley, the Antoniuskapelle.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,559 m
Lowest point
1,487 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

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

 

Busterminal Saas-Fee
CH- 3906 Saas-Fee
Tel.: +41 (0)27 58 454 26 16
E-Mail: wallis@postauto.ch
www.postauto.ch/wallis

Start

Saas-Grund, village center (1,559 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'638'517E 1'108'130N
DD
46.123570, 7.936936
DMS
46°07'24.9"N 7°56'13.0"E
UTM
32T 417868 5108326
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Destination

Saas-Balen, village center

Turn-by-turn directions

Saas-Grund - St. Antonius Kapelle - Meiggerli - Saas-Balen

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the SBB to Visp and change there to the post bus in the direction of Saas-Fee (bus 511).

Get off at the "Saas-Grund Post" stop.

Getting there

Saas-Fee/Saas Valley can easily be reached by car from all directions, whether from Switzerland or abroad. From the north you can reach us via Bern via the Lötschberg car transport. From the east you come over the Furka Pass or the Furka car transport. From the south you can reach us via the Simplon Pass or Simplon car transport and from the west you drive via Lausanne along the Rhône valley to Visp and from there towards Saas-Fee.

From Visp, drive south in the direction of Saas-Fee. At the "Killerhof" roundabout after Stalden, take the second exit towards Saas-Fee. The destination is Saas-Grund.

Parking

At the village square or at the Hohsaas station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'638'517E 1'108'130N
DD
46.123570, 7.936936
DMS
46°07'24.9"N 7°56'13.0"E
UTM
32T 417868 5108326
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Kapellenführer «Echt Sakral» in den Tourismusbüros erhältlich.

Author’s map recommendations

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

Panorama Wanderkarte Saas-Fee/Saastal

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Equipment

  • Good footwear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Weather-dependent clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket with you
  • Headgear
  • Sun protection
  • Tea/water bottle
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Photo camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Map/ printout of the trail (click on "Print" to download)
  • First Aid Kit

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
1:10 h
Ascent
15 m
Descent
86 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Linear route Family-friendly

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