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The Matterhorn Trek

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  • Hut trekking in the middle of Zermatt's mountain world
    / Hut trekking in the middle of Zermatt's mountain world
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, ZERMATTERS
  • / Destination for the first day is the mountain tavern Trift
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Berggasthaus Trift
  • / Destination for the second day is the Schönbiel Hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Schönbiel Hütte
  • / Foto point: The Arbenbach falls, in sight of the mighty north face of the Matterhorn.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Passing the lake "Schwarzsee" and going ahead up to Hönrli Hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Destination for the third day is the Hörnli Hut
    Photo: Zermat Tourismus, Hörnlihütte
  • / Destination for the fourth day is the Gandegg Hut
    Photo: Gandegghütte, Zermatt Tourismus
m 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 40 30 20 10 km Hörnlihütte | Matterhorn Stafelalp 2200m Trift Berggasthaus Aroleid Kollektiv Schönbielhütte
Hut trekking in the mountain paradise surrounding Zermatt leads over Alpine meadows and up into the high Alpine landscape. In 4 to 6-hour stages, the route over 5 days is from hut to hut through the Zermatt mountain world.
moderate
46.7 km
20:45 h
3,030 m
3,030 m

The trekking begins and ends in Zermatt. Along the entire route, one hikes far from civilisation from hut to hut. Along the path on either side are rare flowers and into the distance at eye level stretch the mountain giants including the Matterhorn with its awesome and terrifying north wall.

After each stage, a comfortable mountain hut awaits where the in-resident host welcomes the guests. These people know the mountain world around Zermatt exceptionally well, and as it turns out, all four of the hut wardens are also mountain guides and most certainly will have tales to tell.

The trekking offers different facets and five days of fascination in Zermatt’s mountain paradise.

  • Do not forget a camera
  • Gaze in wonder at many unknown sides to the Matterhorn up close and personal
  • New Hörnli Hut opened in July 2015 in occasion of the 150 Years First Ascent of the Matterhorn

Author’s recommendation

Every current hut warden – all of who are mountain guides – always has an exciting tale to tell about his everyday life.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 13, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Hörnlihütte, 3,260 m
Lowest point
Dorf Zermatt, 1,620 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Blatten
Edelweiss
Farmerhaus
Furri
Schönbielhütte
Trift Berggasthaus
Hörnlihütte | Matterhorn
Stafelalp 2200m
Aroleid Kollektiv

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.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips, hints and links

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Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,614 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.020712, 7.746428
DMS
46°01'14.6"N 7°44'47.1"E
UTM
32T 402969 5097112
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stages:

1. Tag >  Zermatt - Trift Mountain Lodge

2. Tag > Trift Mountain Lodge - Schönbiel Hut

3. Tag > Schönbiel Hut - Hörnli Hut Matterhorn

4. Tag > Hörnli Hut Matterhorn - Gandegg Hut

5. Tag > Gandegg Hut - Zermatt

Note


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

DD
46.020712, 7.746428
DMS
46°01'14.6"N 7°44'47.1"E
UTM
32T 402969 5097112
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Eine Wanderkarte im Massstab 1:25000 ist im Gäste-Informationscenter von Zermatt Tourismus erhältlich. Ebenso Broschüren mit Tipps und Empfehlungen.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Depending on the hut a silk sleeping bag is required
  • Binoculars
  • Camera / Telephoto

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


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
46.7 km
Duration
20:45h
Ascent
3,030 m
Descent
3,030 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Geological highlights Faunistic highlights Insider tip Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights

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