3.8 km away
A scenic hike which puts you in position for further adventures.
- 6 km
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From Hannig, at 2339m, follow the trail that traverses L on a balcony path, rising gently, crossing several streams, then a few zig zags, to meet the path that has come direct up from Saas Fee, at 2418m. It then takes a rising traverse under the Oberes Distelhorn, before becoming more technical at about 2800m. It is known as the Huttenweg, and from here on up it's more akin to a via ferrata, being exposed and featuring fixed wires and ladders. It is well marked and the rock is solid, but it is wise to wear a helmet from here on up to the hut.
Most people from the hut will be climbing one or more of the surrounding 4000m peaks. The easiest is the Nadelhorn, which is a pleasant climb. More challenging, and a fantastic classic route, is the Lenzspitze, followed by the high altitude traverse to the Nadelhorn. A final common traverse is the Nadelgrat which, from the Nadelhorn, takes in a chain of minor 4000m peaks heading NW.
Scrambling up mountains and along technical trails with moderate fall exposure. Handholds are necessary to navigate the trail in its entirety, although they are not necessary at all times. Some obstacles can be very large and difficult to navigate, and the grades can often be near-vertical. The challenge of the trail and the steepness of the grade results in very strenuous hiking. Hikes of this difficulty blur the lines between "hiking" and "climbing".