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Hike to the Kin Hut - via Täschalp (Nr. 49)

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  • Kin hut (2,584 m)
    / Kin hut (2,584 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Edelweiss may be seen along the path
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / Signpost to the Kin hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Vasco Coutinho
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This hike requires quite an effort, given total climbs of 1,000 m – but rewards walkers with some delightful discoveries.
moderate
Distance 7 km
3:05 h
703 m
312 m

Along the path to the Kin Hut, walkers are treated to the sight of some beautiful edelweiss growing at eye level. However, the path demands a good level of concentration. The Kin hut was once popular as the starting point for a variety of high-altitude mountain tours, but because of changes in the landscape over recent decades, the hut is now much quieter – and a popular haunt for nature lovers seeking tranquillity.

  • Starting point for ascents of Täschhorn, Grabenhorn, Kinhorn, Dom
  • Glorious view of the Matter valley
  • Täschalp: cheese and Ziger soft cheese for sale

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy a glimpse of the rare Edelweiss flowers. The Kin Hut is located in a fantastic, rugged mountainscape.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: May 12, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,587 m
Lowest point
1,949 m
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Rest Stop

Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge
Kinhütte

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.

Tips and hints

By taxi from Täsch to Täschalp

Start

Täschalp (2,214 m) (2,190 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'628'835E 1'100'813N
DD
46.058230, 7.811232
DMS
46°03'29.6"N 7°48'40.4"E
UTM
32T 408047 5101204
w3w 
///daredevil.shuttle.fantastic

Destination

Kin Hut (2,582 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Täschalp (Ottavan) - along Europaweg via Edelweissweg - Kin Hut

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 2h 35)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Täsch: less than 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 Täsch.

Onward travel to Täschalp: see “Getting there”.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Täsch takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Onward journey to Täschalp by taxi or bike. Further information available from the guest information centre near Täsch railway station.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'628'835E 1'100'813N
DD
46.058230, 7.811232
DMS
46°03'29.6"N 7°48'40.4"E
UTM
32T 408047 5101204
w3w 
///daredevil.shuttle.fantastic
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Täsch, 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7 km
Duration
3:05 h
Ascent
703 m
Descent
312 m
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