Both mountains, the Mettelhorn and the Platthorn, reveal totally unexpected views to the west: the summit of the Wellenkuppe with its wave of snow, and the Obergabelhorn with its dramatic rocky ridges.
This demanding trail into tranquil nature rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the village and the many 4,000-metre peaks around. The glacier on the Platthorn and Mettelhorn has retreated considerably; here, caution is required.
Towering over the upper part of the Triftchumme, below the Furgghorn (3,392 m), are the Böse Tschuggen, which means “evil cliffs” in the local dialect. Geographical features acquire their names for good reason.
It is worthwhile taking a couple of souvenir photographs, because the view from the Mettelhorn is beautiful: Under one is the village of Zermatt and under the other is the Mattertal. Almost within reach are also the two four thousand-metre Zinalrothorn (4’221 m) and the Weisshorn (4’506 m).
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
Note: Pay careful attention to weather and tour length. Take special care on wet paths and wet terrain.
Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are needed