Saas-Fee/Saastal Trail Running Collection
We consider Switzerland’s Valais Region to be the best overall trail running destination in the Alps. And within the Valais there are a few areas packed with perfection. Imagine quiet, idyllic villages sitting in the middle of a network of trails, peak runs, scrambles, and huts to serve as aid stations. In this case, all surrounded by some of the Alps’ most dramatic peaks.
Very close to the madness of Zermatt in the neighboring Mattertal, the Saastal (Saas Valley) is a wholly different experience. Famous as a winter sport destination, the valley is nestled between 18 4000 meter peaks in the far south of Switzerland. Come summer, it has a much more mellow mountain town vibe, especially if you stay in the car free village of Saas-Fee.
Just three hours by public transport from both Zurich and Geneva airports, the Saastal villages of Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund, Saas-Almagell, and Saas-Balen make ideal basecamps for settling in and running out the door, including two 4000-meter peaks that can both be done as runs when conditions are right: Lagginhorn and Weissmies.
This Saas-Fee/Saastal Trail Running mini-guide is a carefully crafted collection of the best trails and peaks to be run in one of the absolute best regions to run. Base yourself in this high alpine destination and get to exploring.
Get the Saastal Collection
The Saastal Trail Running Guide collection provides GPX files for some of the very best runs in the Saastal and Saas-Fee, a localized group of runs within the larger Valais region. Runs in the Saastal are sage green points on the Valais map.
Runs included: Balfrin Traverse, Gspon Mattwaldhorn, Lagginhorn, Saas Fee Glacier Trail, Saas Fee Hannigalp, Weissmies.
Note that GPX tracks for Run the Alps Switzerland Book Runs are not included in this collection. (Saas Almagell - Jazzilücke Loop)
Detailed GPX Tracks
Download the GPX Files and import the routes into your phone's mapping app and/or your watch for the full turn-by turn.
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The Balfrin Traverse, an Alps masterpiece for alpine trail running