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Platthorn / Mettelhorn (Nr. 33)

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  • View from the Mettelhorn with the Platthorn in the foreground
    View from the Mettelhorn with the Platthorn in the foreground
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Agnieszka Wajs
m 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 10 8 6 4 2 km Bahnhof Zermatt Trift Berggasthaus Edelweiss

Both mountains, the Mettelhorn and the Platthorn, reveal totally unexpected views to the west: the summit of the Wellenkuppe with its wave of snow, and the Ober Gabelhorn with its dramatic rocky ridges.

difficult
Distance 10.8 km
5:20 h
1,881 m
620 m
3,405 m
1,605 m

This demanding trail into tranquil nature rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the village and the many 4,000-metre peaks around. The glacier on the Platthorn and Mettelhorn has retreated considerably; here, caution is required.

Towering over the upper part of the Triftchumme, below the Furgghorn (3,392 m), are the Böse Tschuggen, which means “evil cliffs” in the local dialect. Geographical features acquire their names for good reason.

  • Information at the Bergasthaus Trift hotel: find out about current risk situation!
  • Nearby: eagle’s eyrie
  • Abundant wildlife including chamois

Author’s recommendation

Please contact the Trift Berggasthaus for the most up-to-date information on trail conditions.

 

It is worthwhile taking a couple of souvenir photographs, because the view from the Mettelhorn is beautiful: Under one is the village of Zermatt and under the other is the Mattertal. Almost within reach are also the two four thousand-metre Zinalrothorn (4,221 m) and the Weisshorn (4,506 m).

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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: June 27, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
3,405 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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Asphalt 0.90%Path 85.48%Road 3.26%Traces of trail 8.55%Unknown 1.79%
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0.1 km
Path
9.2 km
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0.4 km
Traces of trail
0.9 km
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0.2 km
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Rest stops

Edelweiss
Trift Berggasthaus

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Note: Pay careful attention to weather and tour length. Take special care on wet paths and wet terrain.

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,605 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'962E 1'096'945N
DD
46.023632, 7.748071
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
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Destination

Mettelhorn (3,406 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Alterhaupt (Edelweiss) - Trift - Furgji - Platthorn / Mettelhorn

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 3h 10)

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'623'962E 1'096'945N
DD
46.023632, 7.748071
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Depending on the conditions crampons
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are needed


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Rating

5.0
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Daniel Strotmann
April 15, 2021 · Community
Eine sehr schöne und anstrengende Tour. Für die Gletscherquerung unterhalb des Platthorns/Mettelhorns waren uns Mitte September Steigeisen sehr hilfreich. Eine Einkehr im Hotel du Trift bei Familie Biner ist ein Muss. Wir sind morgens um 7 Uhr in Zermatt gestartet und waren gegen 17 Uhr wieder im Tal - alles relativ gemütlich mit Pausen. Bisher eine der schönsten Touren überhaupt, die ich gemacht habe in dieser Kategorie. 1800 hm im Aufstieg sind aber doch eine ordentliche Nummer - das sollte man nicht unterschätzen.
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Kun Du
July 17, 2015 · Community
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
10.8 km
Duration
5:20 h
Ascent
1,881 m
Descent
620 m
Highest point
3,405 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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