This natural spectacle is world-famous. The Matterhorn stands solitary on the horizon. In the foreground is the Stellisee lake, with its mirror-like surface and crystal-clear water. And floating on it, the inverted pyramid of the Matterhorn: perfection in nature!
The view of the Findel Glacier is bewitching. The river of ice has been retreating for a long time now, as hikers can see clearly. Stretches of the trail lead along the former lateral moraines of the glacier.
Hikers who linger along the trail may be lucky enough to spot chamois, depending on season.
Look out for the star of the mountain floral world, the edelweiss (July/August).
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- 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)