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Hiking trail

Schwarzsee-Schönbiel Hut-Furi (Nr. 29a)

Hiking trail · Zermatt
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  • Schönbiel hut (2,694 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    / Schönbiel hut (2,694 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Schönbielhütte SAC
  • / "Maria zum Schnee" chapel at Schwarzsee
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Path to the Schönbiel hut (2,694 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Arbenbach waterfall along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
m 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Weiler Furi Schwarzsee Schönbielhütte Staumauer Zmutt Schwarzsee Alpsennerei Stafel Furri Gitz-Gädi

The trail to the Schönbiel Hut is full of variety; the view from the hut of the north face of the Matterhorn is breathtaking.
difficult
19.8 km
5:50 h
558 m
1277 m

The name says it all. In the Zermatt dialect, Schönbiel means “beautiful small plateau on a mound". From the mound on which the Schönbiel hut stands, the view of the Matterhorn is unforgettable, like in a dream. And as happens in dreams, the mood can change dramatically: depending on weather, the mighty Matterhorn with its soaring north face can suddenly seem distinctly scary.

The path to the hut leads across a great variety of mountain landscapes: tended alpine pastures, the gravelly terrain of the former tongue of the Zmutt Glacier, terminal moraine lakes, a reservoir with a hydroelectric power plant, large lateral moraines. On the way back to Furi, the path leads across alpine pastures with cows and through mixed forest of larch and Swiss stone pine.

  • Waterfall: Arbenbach falls
  • Chance to see wild animals

Author’s recommendation

You must take along your camera to make a picture of the impressive, steep Matterhorn north wall.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 06, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2694 m
Lowest point
1860 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Gitz-Gädi
Schönbielhütte
Schwarzsee

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.

Start

Schwarzsee (2,583 m) (2585 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.991806, 7.709100
DMS
45°59'30.5"N 7°42'32.8"E
UTM
32T 400028 5093947
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Destination

Furi (1,867 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Schwarzsee - Innerer Stafel (reservoir) - Schönbiel Hut - Arbenbach - Stafelalp - Furi

 

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
45.991806, 7.709100
DMS
45°59'30.5"N 7°42'32.8"E
UTM
32T 400028 5093947
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Orts- und Flurnamen der Gemeinde Zermatt", Klaus Julen und weitere, 1995. Erhältlich in der Buchhandlung ZAP in Zermatt. "Zermatter Sagen und Legenden", Karl Lehner, Neuauflage von 1982, ZAP CH-3900 Brig, ohne ISBN-Nummer "Der Wächter des Matterhorns – mein Leben auf der Hörnlihütte", Kurt Lauber. Droemer Verlag 2012. Deutsch, evtl. Japanisch. ISBN 978-3-426-27573-3.

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)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.8 km
Duration
5:50h
Ascent
558 m
Descent
1277 m
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