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Wisshorn Trail (Nr. 32)

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  • On way with view to the Matterhorn
    / On way with view to the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gebert
  • / View of the Matterhorn (4,478 m) and surrounding mountains
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Lawinenverbauungen oberhalb und entlang des Weges
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gebert
  • / Arrival on the Wisshorn (2,936 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gebert
  • / Panorama view from the Wisshorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gebert
  • / The Berggasthaus Trift hotel: a potential stop for refreshments
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
m 3000 2500 2000 1500 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Trift Berggasthaus Bahnhof Zermatt Edelweiss
In Zermatt, many of the great attractions are on the doorstep – including this very attractive walk. Highlight: the view of the south-east face of the pyramid-shaped Weisshorn.
difficult
14.2 km
6:40 h
1,326 m
1,326 m

This path, steep in parts, also includes a stretch through a small forest of larch. Once above the treeline, the vista is incomparable: Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Breithorn and an eagle’s-eye view of the village of Zermatt. Along the uppermost reaches of the trail, hikers can clearly see the droppings of the chamois that occasionally spend the night here.

  • Take care in spring and autumn: shady stretches of the path can be icy
  • Chance of spotting chamois and ibex
  • It takes from the village up to Trift approx. 2 h

Author’s recommendation

In the area called Schweifinen, you always go past large metal structures. These are the avalanche barriers used to protect that section of the village down below.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: December 03, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Wisshorn, 2,936 m
Lowest point
Bahnhof Zermatt, 1,620 m
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Rest Stop

Edelweiss
Trift Berggasthaus

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

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'962E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023638, 7.748074
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Schweifinen - Wisshorn - Trift - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 6h 20)

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

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
2'623'962E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023638, 7.748074
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403101 5097435
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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
14.2 km
Duration
6:40 h
Ascent
1,326 m
Descent
1,326 m
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