This route fully lives up to its name (Adventure Path), tackling 900 vertical metres over a distance of 4.1 km. In other words, a steep descent – or a challenging climb. Either way, it promises a thrilling hike. The view from the Ritzengrat ridge into the small and secluded Tufterkumme valley may reveal a surprise or two – such as a sighting of chamois.
Impressive views of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and other dramatic peaks.
Good chances of spotting wildlife. Best times: early morning and evening.
Depending on season, the sunset on the Matterhorn is especially beautiful seen from here.
Rest StopRothorn Ristorante Pizzeria
- 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.
Getting thereZermatt 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.
ParkingTäsch 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”.
Author’s map recommendations
- Good footwear
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)