Our original plan was to climb down via Chessjen glacier (guide is not necessary) to Heidefriedhof (2734 m) and from there follow a supposedly wellmarked path on the south-eastern slope of the Mittagshorn and descend to the mountain station of the Plattjen suspension railway (2570 m). However we knew this was the only cable-car not running during our weeks stay in Saas Fee (it opened the day we left :-S) plus the walk was not declared open yet. It would not have been safe and despite that having seen the terrain I was glad! A steep descent to Saas Almagel did not appeal either and really requires proper mountain equipment to take that hike - ropes and crampons etc.....
The path contours around the mountain, gently undulating but at this altitude I was stopping for breath every few feet ...and to take another pic of course ;-) Each corner I would think surely we should see the hut now and sure enough eventually there it wasUP a hill!
We returned to our starting point - the Felskin cable-car (which connects with the Alpin Metro). The path was softer now and our feet sunk in few more inches in the snow - we were glad we did this walk in the morning before it turned to slush! The views back to the Dom were lovely too and although hard work at altitude we really enjoyed this short walk.
The walk takes about 45mins to 1 hr to reach the hut. Its best to undertake this walk in the morning too. The path is flattened out by a snow plough of sorts but was not quite as compact as I thought it would be and your feet do tend to sink down a couple of inches as you walk - makes for harder walking and at altitude too it was hard going.
When you reach the Britannia Hut save a litttle energy to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mattmark reservoir. The water level was quite low but if you enlarge the pic you can see the walls of the dam.
The snow and glacier hike from Felskinn (2991 m). to the Britannia Hut (3030 m) was a memorable one with the sun shining down on the path after our visit to the Alpin Metro glacier world. Let me show you a few images from the hike....