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Mountain tour

Dom Hut (Nr. 62)

Mountain tour · Switzerland
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  • Dom hut (2,940 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    / Dom hut (2,940 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Passion Fotografie
  • / Panoramic view from the Dom hut, with Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Lounge of the Dom hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
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The Dom Hut (2,940 m) is a mountain refuge run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and equipped with ultra-modern facilities. Its strategic location makes it a popular choice for ascents of seven of the highest mountains in the Alps.
difficult
5.3 km
4:30 h
1560 m
43 m

Before hikers can enjoy the welcoming, modern atmosphere of the Dom Hut, they have to conquer a climb of 1,635 vertical metres. This demands a high level of fitness, experience of the mountains and a good head for heights. Parts of the trail are exposed, requiring hikers to make use of metal rungs and safety cables.

In the cabin, new arrivals find themselves in colourfully mixed company – from mountaineers equipped with ropes, crampons and ice axes to mountain walkers who wish simply to enjoy the views in a comfortable setting.

  • The trail requires a good head for heights (metal rungs, safety cables)
  • Fully renovated Dom Hut reopened in 2013
  • Dormitories with duvets, 1 shower
  • Starting point for ascents of seven 4,000-metre summits including the Dom (4,545 m)
  • Breathtaking view of the Matterhorn on the horizon

Author’s recommendation

From the Dom Hut, you can climb the highest peak within Switzerland’s borders (the Dom 4,545 m). Or you can simply enjoy the fantastic panorama in this high Alpine setting. A view of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, etc. 
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: March 09, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2930 m
Lowest point
1410 m
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Rest Stop

Domhütte SAC

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) (1410 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.100080, 7.781639
UTM
32T 405829 5105888

Destination

Dom Hut (2,940 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa (station) - Lärchberg - Dom hut

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 2h 45)

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

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.
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)

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are needed


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
5.3 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
1560 m
Descent
43 m
Round trip Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Secured passages

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