There are two ways to start the circular Ibex Trail. You can take the Hannig gondola from the village, or you can walk up to Hannig from town. The second option adds at least an hour and a climb of 500 m. If the four-hour hike is enough for you, turn right from the top of the Hannig gondola and head towards Mällig, situated at 2,700 m. From the stony summit at Mällig, there is a great view over the 4,000 m peaks of the Saas Valley. The view of the Mischabel range, behind Hannig, is already breathtaking from the cable car.
Upon leaving Mällig, there is a pleasant, mostly flat hike past the point called Gebidum. From there, the route descends steeply until it meets the Höhenweg Grächen – Saas-Fee (see page 57). If you have problems with your knees, it is worth considering wearing knee supports or choosing a different route. After this stretch, the walk becomes more relaxed again with only a moderate descent, taking you past Senggbodu, Bärufallu, and back to Saas-Fee.
Incidentally, the name of the trail is no coincidence. In fact, it is the reason we particularly recommend this hike in Autumn. The hike takes you through the area in which Ibex and other mountain wildlife are typically found at this time of year. Those who walk quietly (and have a bit of luck on their side) stand a good chance of spotting these majestic animals.
Fitness level: 3/5
Distance: 8,3 km
Time required: 4 hours
Ascent: 424 m
Highest point: 2,760 m
Start: Mountain station Hannig