1-4 September 2021 - Registration open!

UTMR 58 km Mischabel Lauf

Information about the UTMR 58 km Mischabel Lauf for 2021

Some of the most magnificent trails in the Alps are the höhenwege of the Swiss Valais/Wallis. Wild alpine trails traversing high above the valley floor, holding you captive to the power of the 4000m summits all around. In this 58 km race you explore two of the best, the Gsponer Höhenweg and the Balfrin Höhenweg. These are some of the best trails we’ve run in the Alps, and that’s saying something!

– Lizzy Hawker

Lizzy Hawker

Registration is open until Friday 27 August

Registration form   
4 September
58 km
Start time
Time limit
15 h
Max. starters

How it looks


58 km profile

Checkpoints, distances, elevation and cutoff times

Check points km Cum. km Altitude m m Cut off Refreshments Dropbag Rest DNF Medical
START Grächen 0.0 0.0 ↑ 0 ↓ 0
Raftgarten 8.3 8.3 975 ↑ 53 ↓ 681
Kreuzboden 14.2 22.5 2961 ↑ 1945 ↓ 528
Almagelleralp 6.9 29.4 2200 ↑ 259 ↓ 457
Saas Fee 6.9 36.3 1800 ↑ 150 ↓ 554
Sat, 04 Sep
Hannigalp 17.0 53.3 2123 ↑ 1516 ↓ 1185
FINISH Grächen 3.8 57.1 1618 ↑ 35 ↓ 539
Sat, 04 Sep
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Meal
  • Firstaid
  • Ambulance
  • Dropbag
  • Rest
DNF notes:

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GPS tracks

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Route Description

Your route will take you on two magnificent high level trails – the Gsponer Höhenweg and the Balfrin Höhenweg. While neither have major ascents or descents the cumulative changes over ~17 km or ~20 km are significant. The Balfrin Höhenweg from Saas Fee to Hannigalp is the more technical and exposed section. It is never either, but if you are not accustomed to thin alpine trails this will require concentration. Your race will start with a sharp descent into the Saastal, followed by a 1200m climb up onto the Gsponer Höhenweg. You reach a maximum altitude of just over 2500m. This is alpine terrain, with some long wild sections, and you must be able to look after yourself in all conditions.

Please note: you will be required to carry the obligatory equipment as per the UTMR Stage Race. In addition, for 2021 we have a Covid Protection Concept in place. By registering for this 58 km Mischabel Lauf you accept the additional conditions that we need to put in place to ensure you have a safe race. We will notify you of all regulations by email in August. Thank you for your cooperation.

This is not a beginner’s Ultra. If you are prepared and experienced you will have the reward of completing a beautiful and challenging route. But please make sure you are prepared and experienced! Good luck and have a great race!

Ultra Trail Valais

Race programme

Friday 3 September
17:00 - 19:00


Saturday 4 September 

Start of the Mischabel Höhenweg

Saturday 4 September

Close of 58 km Mischabel Höhenweg in Grächen

Registration information & form