The village of Stalden lies at the forking of the Saas and Matter Valleys. From there, a gondola lift takes hikers up to the summer resort of Gspon. The northward view stretches out into the Rhone Valley to Visp, and to the south there is a view into the Saas Valley as far as the Monte Moro Pass. The Gspon High-Altitude Trail begins at the mountain station in Gspon and sets off in a southerly direction, always staying just above the tree line. Following a gentle climb along the Riedbach, hikers reach the Obere Schwarze Wald, the highest point in the Mattwaldalpa.
From there, the route continues along the Siwine to the Hoferälpji, which affords a magnificent view out across the Saas-Fee valley basin and the glacial scenery. Thirteen majestic 4,000-metre peaks surround the village like a clamshell, lending it its name “the Pearl of the Alps”. Thanks to its southerly situations, here hikers can enjoy Mediterranean savoir vivre and all-day sunshine.
If hikers set off towards Kreuzboden, they will reach the Grüebe at the Grüebesee lake, which provides the perfect spot to take a short break. After arriving in Kreuzboden, hikers can save themselves the climb by taking the Hohsaas Bergbahnen cableway.
Along with the abovementioned Grüebesee lake, other highlights of the tour include marvellous view of the entire Mischabel massif, the Kreuzboden Lake and many small, centuries-old Alpine settlements and pastures.
Alternative A: Hikers who prefer not to accept any assistance for their descent can start at Siwibodu, heading down to Saas-Grund. Alternatively, they can start from Linde Bode. The trail leads along the Längi Flüeh in the direction of Underi Brend, Teewalji, Bodmen and Zer Engi, and finishes up at the Hohsaas Bergbahnen valley station in Saas-Grund. Up above the Oberi Brend in Heimischgartu, hikers will pass the Heimischgartu Chapel, which was built in 1959 in honour of the Virgin Mary. The descent should take approximately two and a half hours. Several old Alpine settlements and chapels are waiting to be discovered on this alternative route, which also offers a fantastic view across the whole of Saas-Grund and the valley (14.4km; 430auf/768ab Hm; 6h).
Pay attention to the cableway timetable.
Make sure you plan enough time for the hike and be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes and good outdoor clothing.
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First published: Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2013
Last updated: Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015
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