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Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill Bike Tour (Nr. 22)

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The route comprises the climb from Zermatt to Sunnegga. At Sunegga there is access to many other bike routes. Alternatively you can also use the route to descend to Zermatt.
moderate
Distance 8.6 km
1:30 h
663 m
6 m

If you want to get active or dispense with rail travel, you can choose the “Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill” for the journey to Sunnegga. The route starts in the village and first follows the asphalted road to Restaurant Ried, then continues on the Schotterstrasse through fragrant larch forests and on the Kiesstrasse.

If you are familiar with the ski slopes in winter, you will recognise where you are from Patrullarve.  The route is sometimes steep, but the ascent is worth it. Just below Sunnegga you break through the edge of the forest and the mountain panorama, including the Matterhorn, suddenly opens up before you.

At Sunnegga there are lots of opportunities to connect to other bike routes in practically every direction. There is something to suit everyone - a fun descent on the Sunnegga Flowtrail (F2), gourmet delights in Findeln, continuation of the route to the Riffelalp and so on.

  • It is also feasible as an easy valley descent in the opposite direction.
  • Connection to lots of other routes
  • Lots of refreshment stops
  • Easier on an e-bike

Author’s recommendation

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: April 13, 2021
Difficulty
S0 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Sunnegga, 2,288 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1,620 m
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Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Othmar´s
Ried

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

Start

Zermat (1,620 m) (1,605 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'963E 1'096'947N
DD
46.023648, 7.748083
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403102 5097436
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Destination

Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga

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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

SwissGrid
2'623'963E 1'096'947N
DD
46.023648, 7.748083
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403102 5097436
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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

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Rating

4.5
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Mandy Thronicker
August 16, 2017 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour in einer tollen Landschaft und immer wieder sehr schöne Blicke zum Matterhorn. Nur das letzte Stück geht auf einer normalen Forststraße hinab.
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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
663 m
Descent
6 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Point to Point

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