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Mountain trail

Scenic Trail (Nr. 15)

Mountain trail
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  • Hike with panoramic view
    / Hike with panoramic view
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Thomas Andematten
  • / Photo subject: the Gornergrat Bahn railway or the Monte Rosa massif in the background
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Thomas Andematten
m 3200 3100 3000 2900 2800 1,8 1,6 1,4 1,2 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 km 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" Bergbahnstation Rotenboden Bergbahnstation Rotenboden

The views are truly heavenly: Matterhorn, Breithorn, Klein Matterhorn, Weisshorn... A scene that seems to belong in a dream.
moderate
1.9 km
0:40 h
6 m
291 m

“Something for everyone” could be the motto of this trail. Mountain lovers are enchanted by the views of 29 mountains above 4,000 metres rising into the vast blue sky. Admirers of flowers find gentians, alpine anemones and other beautiful plants blossoming along the trail. Railway enthusiasts, meanwhile, enjoy glorious views of the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway and the chance to photograph trains from many different angles.

  • Breathtaking views from the observation platform on the Gornergrat
  • On show: 29 peaks above 4,000 m, the tallest mountains in the Alps

Author’s recommendation

With a bit of luck, you can see an ibex, and sometimes you can also meet them at the salt posts especially set up on Gornergrat.
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Updated: October 09, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3089 m
Lowest point
2808 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself

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

Gornergrat (3,089 m) (3081 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.983241, 7.782378
DMS
45°58'59.7"N 7°46'56.6"E
UTM
32T 405688 5092906
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Destination

Rotenboden (2,815 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Gornergrat - Rotenboden (extension possible via Riffelseeweg trail)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h)

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

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
45.983241, 7.782378
DMS
45°58'59.7"N 7°46'56.6"E
UTM
32T 405688 5092906
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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
moderate
Distance
1.9 km
Duration
0:40h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
291 m
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