This tour takes you alongside the glaciated mountain world of the Gornergrat. It will take you over narrow and seldom-frequented paths close to the Gorner glacier.
Distance 6.3 km
You begin your hike at the Gornergrat mountain station. First of all, make the most of the viewing platform to look at and enjoy the many peaks you can see from there. By using the free telescopes you can discover the names and heights of the various summits. Then you make your way along the Hohtälli ridge where the steep descent towards the Gorner Glacier will take some concentration. Then you come to the Monte Rosa hut approach; you don’t go towards the hut but take the way with the view of the Matterhorn ahead of you. A new and very special perspective of the Matterhorn is waiting for you! Now the path is gentle, going up and down, towards the Riffelsee lake. We recommend a stop there to take some photos or have a picnic. Finally, you have a choice of routes that will take you down to the Riffelberg station.
Have a picnic or take some photos at the Riffelsee lake. On windless days the Matterhorn is perfectly reflected in the surface of the water.
Update: July 01, 2021
Rest StopRiffelhaus 1853
Buffet & Bar Riffelberg
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - "VIS-Ã-VIS"
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself
- Carry a map with you. Download the full trail description with a large scale map by clicking on "Print" at the top right of the page.
- Use only marked trails and follow all signs and instructions - for your own safety, to protect grazing animals and in respect of wildlife.
- Close gates after passing through.
- Be considerate of other trail users, plants and animals.
- Carry additional sun protection. UV rays at high altitudes can be very strong, even in overcast weather.
- Plan your trek carefully: take into account the required fitness level of all participants, weather forecasts and seasonality.
- Weather conditions in the mountains can change very quickly and without warning. Appropriate clothing and sufficient provisions (food and drink) are very important. If the weather is unstable, it is better to turn back early.
Tips and hintsAre you travelling to Zermatt by public transport? If you are actively travelling for several days, it is worth using the Adventure Card. This gives you free travel on a large network of trains and post buses for 2-5 days, as well as discounts on mountain railways.
Further information here:
Getting thereZermatt is car-free. We recommend travelling to Zermatt by public transport via Visp.
ParkingZermatt is car-free. The Matterhorn Terminal Täsch in Täsch is a covered multi-storey car park - under one roof with the Täsch railway station, where you can change directly to the Zermatt Shuttles. We generally recommend travelling by public transport via Visp.
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- Good footwear and snowshoes of suitable size.
- Weatherproof and warm clothing
- Sun protection
- Water bottle
- Binoculars (optional)
- Walking sticks (optional)
- Printout of the route (click "Print" to download)
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