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Chamois Trail (Nr. 5)

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  • With luck, chamois may be seen along the way
    / With luck, chamois may be seen along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Katja
  • / Along the "Lange Kumme" till Tufteren
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / With a little luck you may see some Edelweiss for taking a picture
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Looking back - where you see the starting point Unterrothorn (on the right)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Waymarking just before Tufteren
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
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The Chamois Trail offers walkers a good chance of spotting these beautiful wild animals.
moderate
5.8 km
1:50 h
42 m
918 m

Zermatt is at the heart of one of Switzerland’s biggest wilderness areas, home to many chamois. Depending on season, walkers may spot mothers with their kids, perhaps also young male chamois or even a whole herd. It’s worth allowing plenty of time to stop along the way and observe them.

Some of the animals may be resting on the ground, which makes them all but invisible to the untrained eye. Hikers who stop to scan the rocky outcrops and alpine pastures carefully should soon make them out.

  • Alpine flora: Edelweiss (a protected plant)

Author’s recommendation

A beautifully situated hiking trail and insider’s tip for tranquillity seekers.Do not leave the path, so that the animals are not disturbed. In this way, you have a better chance of observing wild animals in their habitat.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3089 m
Lowest point
2213 m
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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.

Caution! In spring the path may not be passable because of snow.

Start

Rothorn (3,103 m) (3089 m)
Coordinates:
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46.021291, 7.797471
DMS
46°01'16.6"N 7°47'50.9"E
UTM
32T 406921 5097116
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Destination

Tufteren (2,215 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rothorn - Kumme - Tufteren

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 40)

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

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
46.021291, 7.797471
DMS
46°01'16.6"N 7°47'50.9"E
UTM
32T 406921 5097116
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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)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera / Telephoto

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.8 km
Duration
1:50h
Ascent
42 m
Descent
918 m
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