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Mountain tour

Rothorn Hut (Nr. 34)

Mountain tour · Switzerland
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  • At the Rothorn hut (3,198 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    / At the Rothorn hut (3,198 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / On the way to the Rothorn hut, a little above Trift
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Junction for the Rothorn hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
ft 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 4 3 2 1 mi Rothornhütte SAC Bahnhof Zermatt Trift Berggasthaus Edelweiss

The Rothorn Hut attracts a colourful variety of mountaineers seeking high-altitude challenges. Regular mountain hikers, too, enjoy the climb up to the Eseltschuggen.
difficult
8 km
4:40 h
1596 m
6 m

The Rothorn Hut at the foot of the Zinalrothorn is a popular starting point for ascents of various attractive peaks including the Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn, Wellenkuppe, Trifthorn and Aeschhorn. After the Viehboden area, hikers leave the gentle world of the lush alpine pastures to enter a mysterious landscape carved by glaciers long ago, formed of stone, rock, ice and snow. Here, hikers should keep an eye on the sky above: a pair of eagles can often be seen circling overhead.

  • Abundant wildlife including chamois
  • Eagles in the region
  • Alpine flora: alpine toadflax may be spotted among the scree, providing orange-and-violet splashes of colour

Author’s recommendation

A hike to the Rothorn Hut needs to be planned way ahead of time, because the hut is only open each summer for a short time from about mid-July to mid-September.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 19, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3195 m
Lowest point
1605 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Edelweiss
Rothornhütte SAC
Trift Berggasthaus

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

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1605 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.023623, 7.748064
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097434
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Destination

Rothorn Hut SAC (3,198 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Alterhaupt (Edelweiss) - Trift - Rothorn Hut

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 3h)

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

Note


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.

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

DD
46.023623, 7.748064
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097434
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, 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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Andre Freytag
June 21, 2015 · Community
Grandiose Tour abseits überlaufener Wege da ziemlich lang. Man ist sehr hoch aber nicht zu hoch um die ganze Walliser Welt der Viertausender zu erleben. Konditionell sollte man schon gut drauf sein aber die Rothornhütte entschädigt mit wunderbarer Verpflegung und warmherzigen Personal.
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Blick vo der Monte Rosa Gruppe bis zum Kleinen Matterhorn
Photo: Andre Freytag, Community
Matterhorn, Wellenkuppe und Obergabelhorn
Photo: Andre Freytag, Community
Zinalrothorn
Photo: Andre Freytag, Community

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8 km
Duration
4:40h
Ascent
1596 m
Descent
6 m
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