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Village Forest Trail (Nr. 60)

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  • Along the Dorfwaldweg (Village Forest Path) in Randa
    / Along the Dorfwaldweg (Village Forest Path) in Randa
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / Walk in Randa with view of the Klein Matterhorn (3,883 m) and Breithorn (4,164 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
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The Village Forest Trail offers new arrivals a perfect opportunity to get acclimatised, and is also ideal for walks with children.
easy
Distance 4.5 km
1:20 h
172 m
172 m

Sometimes the switch from stressful daily routine to restful mountain holiday happens all too quickly. Holidays are all about relaxing, so a day spent acclimatising on the valley floor is well spent. This gentle walk through forest and across pastures around Randa is ideal.

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • Beautiful view from valley floor towards the Klein Matterhorn

Author’s recommendation

Visit the chapel “Wildi”. Well suited for families.
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Updated: November 13, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,577 m
Lowest point
1,406 m
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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

Randa (1,439 m) (1,409 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'626'524E 1'105'455N
DD
46.100087, 7.781630
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405829 5105889
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Destination

Randa (1,439 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa (station) - Forststrasse - Randa (station)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Dorfwaldweg”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 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 Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'626'524E 1'105'455N
DD
46.100087, 7.781630
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405829 5105889
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 the guest information centre in Randa, 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
easy
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
1:20 h
Ascent
172 m
Descent
172 m
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