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Stafel-Schönbiel Hut Bike Tour (Nr. 26)

Mountain biking · Zermatt
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  • The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    / The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Nik Wicki
  • / The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Beat Habegger
m 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Schönbielhütte Stafelalp 2200m
The Schönbielhütte is a popular starting point for hiking tours in the area. However, it’s much easier to reach by bike, rather than on foot. The view from the hut of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
Distance 6.3 km
1:40 h
520 m
21 m

After Stafelalp, a gravel path heads to a power plant. The path then goes left past the plant and opens out into a narrow trail. The landscape is different here – trees give way to an emptier landscape. The bike trail heads along the moraine of the Zmutt glacier. This section of the route is quite steep, but passable for experienced bikers. You soon reach the the last section of the the route. This bit is so steep that you will need to push your bike up to the hut. However, after taking a break, the descent makes it all worthwhile.

There are two ways of reaching Stafel - you can either go from the village, or Furi, to Stafel or take the Matterhorn Express to Schwarzsee and then head down the gravel path to Stafelalp.

  • This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike.

Author’s recommendation

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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Update: December 07, 2020
S2 difficult
Highest point
Schönbielhütte, 2,694 m
Lowest point
Stafel, 2,199 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Stafelalp 2200m

Safety information

  • 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 and hints

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders


Stafel (2,199 m) (2,197 m)
2'619'247E 1'094'788N
46.004378, 7.687098
46°00'15.8"N 7°41'13.6"E
32T 398347 5095371


Schönbiel Hut (2,694 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stafel - Schönbiel Hut

Variant 1: Zermatt - Furi - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut
Variant 2: Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut


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.


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”.


2'619'247E 1'094'788N
46.004378, 7.687098
46°00'15.8"N 7°41'13.6"E
32T 398347 5095371
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

  • 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

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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S2 difficult
6.3 km
1:40 h
520 m
21 m
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