Kreuzboden - Almagelleralp - Saas Almagell Walk 8046
Canton - Valais / Wallis - Saastal
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 10.0 km / 6.3 miles
Ascent - 160 metres / 528 feet
Descent - 900 metres / 2970 feet
Time - 4.50 hours
Grade - moderate
This walk includes a wonderful section of a balcony path high above the Saas Valley offering views to Saas Fee and the high mountains surrounding this mountain route. Take the Kreuzboden lift and exit the station. Continue to the path junction by the Hohsaas section of the gondola and follow the sign to Almagelleralp. The path continues under the cableway and crosses the hillside to head south. Initially the path follows the contours but soon rises gently across slopes that have many wild flowers in season - hence the name Alpenblumen Promenade. Below you can see the chapel in the hamlet of Trift.
Reaching a rocky area, the path continues with red and white waymarks helping you follow the route. The path starts to descend and turns around the Triftgrätji spur (2480m). From this point onwards the view changes with the Matmark Reservoir and Monte Moro Pass beyond now in view. The path descends past avalanche protection and continues to Almagelleralp. The walk so far has been dominated by wonderful views with most of the high mountains seen during the walk.
The path reaches a high point (2505m) at Wiessflue and it is from here that the final descent to the Almagellertal starts by a series of long zigzags to reach the Berghotel Almagelleralp (2194m). The path down to Saas Almagell is clear and well-marked offering an easy descent down to the valley floor. The zigzag route has several junctions but good signage makes it clear which route to choose. Nearing the valley floor the path splits with a choice of the upper or lower parts of Saas Almagell. If you intend to use the postbus service then follow the signs to the lower village (Unterer Dorfteil).
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