This circular hike from Furggstalden leads to the equalising reservoir at Zermeiggern, passes the Zermeiggern Chapel, and then joins the beautiful path that runs into the Furgg Valley. This path was already being used hundreds of years ago by tradespeople travelling between Italy and Switzerland. The Zermeiggern Chapel was originally built in 1707, but was moved and rebuilt in 1962 when the equalising reservoir was constructed (for more information pick up a copy of the church guide “Echt Sakral” in the tourist office). Later, a memorial plaque was added to the church in memory of the men who died during construction of the Mattmark dam. At Stafel, hikers come across a small Alpine pasture that is still being farmed to this day.
This beautiful circular hike leads from Saas-Almagell to the equalising reservoir at Zermeiggern. At the confluence of the Furggbach stream and the Saaser Vispa river, the trail crosses over to the left-hand side of the valley (facing uphill), climbs up to Stutzbode, and continues on to Stafel. From the path, hikers can enjoy views over the Furggbach Gorge, which used to be popular with fans of canyoning. After crossing the bridge at Stafel, the path forks off westwards and leads over the Furggu and the Chalchofe to Elschgrabe then descends to Chapf and Furggstalden. There are a number of large boulders and chunks of rock along this section that are good for bouldering. They also offer an idea of Alpine architecture in years gone by, when these rocks were used to construct houses. Hikers continue along the old lanes of Furggstalden until they reach a woodland path that eventually brings them out behind the church in Saas-Almagell. Another option for descent is to take the chairlift from Furggstalden to Saas-Almagell.
- 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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Tour history (B05528)
First published: Freitag, 28. Juni 2013
Last updated: Montag, 12. Januar 2015
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