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Drover Trail (Nr. 25)

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  • Gandegg hut with view of the Lower Theodul Glacier
    / Gandegg hut with view of the Lower Theodul Glacier
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gandegghütte
  • / Hikers may spot ibex along the way
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leander Wenger
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This hike of some eight kilometres is tough, either way round. As a descent, it puts quite a strain on the knees; anyone hiking it uphill, starting from Furi, is sure to sleep soundly that night. Walked in either direction, the trail promises fabulous views and a wonderful experience.
difficult
Distance 7.6 km
2:30 h
171 m
1,228 m

Once, the huts in the bare rocky landscape at Trockener Steg relied on mule-drivers (“Säumer”) for the supply of provisions and wood for burning. Archaeological artefacts are constantly being found in this region (see note below). Today, the crag is home to the large cable car station with restaurants and shop. From here, visitors access the highest point in Europe that can be reached by cable car, at Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,883 m).

The hiking trail traces a route through a landscape dominated by rocks, scree and boulders polished smooth by long-receded glaciers. The further the path descends, the greater the variety of vegetation. Whereas higher up, the main splashes of colour among the rock are provided by lichen, lower down, grasses, mosses and flowering plants adorn the trail, to the delight of nature lovers.

  • Trockener Steg: from the restaurant terrace, striking view of the Matterhorn
  • The Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis in the village, has archaeological finds from the area on display (stone axe, 3000–5000 BC)

Author’s recommendation

You have a wonderful view of the Gorner glacier and well as the lower Theodul glacier from the Gandegg hut.
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Update: February 19, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
3,030 m
Lowest point
1,864 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
ICE Pizzeria
Les Marmottes

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

Trockener Steg (2,939 m) (2,921 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'622'020E 1'091'076N
DD
45.970904, 7.722721
DMS
45°58'15.3"N 7°43'21.8"E
UTM
32T 401045 5091607
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Destination

Furi (1,867 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Trockener Steg - Gandegg hut - Furgg - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 3h 40)

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

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

SwissGrid
2'622'020E 1'091'076N
DD
45.970904, 7.722721
DMS
45°58'15.3"N 7°43'21.8"E
UTM
32T 401045 5091607
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)

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
7.6 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
171 m
Descent
1,228 m
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