From Zermatt, the cable cars take you up to Rothorn (3,100 m). It’s easy to see what you do first - drink in the incredible views of the Matterhorn.
Then you’re off! The gravel path heads through the Alpine terrain via Rotweng down to Blauherd. It is initially steep in places, but flattens out as you approach Blauherd.
After Blauherd, it then becomes very steep. You may need to take a short break at Sunnegga.
Some people may know this route from the winter, as the pistes cross it.
After Sunnegga, there are two ways of getting back to Zermatt. You can either head along the path via Ried back to the village or have a go at the Sunnegga-Trail.
The hardcore variant is the trail in reverse – from Zermatt up to the Rothorn. It’s best ridden on an E-Bike.
Rest StopBuffet Bar Sunnegga
Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria
- Always wear gloves and a helmet.
- Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
- Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
- When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
- All riding is at one’s own risk.
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 linksGuidelines for Mountain Bike Riders
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.
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”.
- Bike in excellent working order
- Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
- Repair kit in case of any defects
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
- Food and drink