Sweeping panoramic views accompany hikers all along this beautiful trail. Highlight: the reflection of the Matterhorn in the Riffelsee lake.
For athletes keen to boost their red blood cell count, this trail with its vertical climb of 900 m offers excellent altitude training. One attraction is the option – good for the joints – to head back down to the village afterwards on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway, enjoying panoramic views along the way, Matterhorn included.
- Observation platform on the Gornergrat
- Intermediate stations on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway line, for a leisurely alternative to walking/running
- Part of route same as for Gornergrat - Zermatt Marathon (held every July)
- Interesting alpine flora
Rest StopBuffet & Bar Riffelberg
3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - "VIS-Ã-VIS"
Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
- 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.
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”.
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
- Good footwear
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)