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Direttissima (Nr. 4)

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  • Waymark at Tufteren
    / Waymark at Tufteren
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • Below Tufteren with direction down to the village
    / Below Tufteren with direction down to the village
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • Possible summer sighting along the path: the alpenrose
    / Possible summer sighting along the path: the alpenrose
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • Stable at Tiefmatten
    / Stable at Tiefmatten
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • Enjoying a little the view before continuing
    / Enjoying a little the view before continuing
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
Map / Direttissima (Nr. 4)
1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Fotopoint Tufteren Tufternalp

Yes, this path leads straight down to the village – as the name suggests.

moderate
4.4 km
1:20 h
23 m
628 m

This trail brings hikers straight from the wooded world of the alpine slopes into Zermatt village. The idyllic path leads through mixed larch forest, at times over a soft floor of larch needles (caution, slippery surface), but also across mini-pastures with small barns known as “Gädi” in the local dialect. The small clearings in the woods are delightful spots to pause, relax and enjoy the fresh forest air.

Author’s recommendation

As the path emerges from the forest, pause to enjoy the sweeping view to the left with the Matterhorn.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: September 19, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2213 m
Lowest point
1608 m
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Rest Stop

Tufternalp

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.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

Start

Tufteren (2'215 m) (2213 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.029489, 7.774356
UTM
32T 405146 5098054

Destination

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Tufteren - Patrullarve - Tiefenmatten - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

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”.
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.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.4 km
Duration
1:20 h
Ascent
23 m
Descent
628 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Faunistic highlights Botanical highlights

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