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Bike tour Rothorn - Zermatt (Nr. 22)

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  • By cable car up the Rothorn (3,103 m)
    / By cable car up the Rothorn (3,103 m)
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Zermatt Tourismus
  • On the bike trail below Blauherd
    / On the bike trail below Blauherd
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Gerhard Kirschker
  • An racy descente back to the valley
    / An racy descente back to the valley
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
Map / Bike tour Rothorn - Zermatt (Nr. 22)
1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Rothorn Bergbahnstation Blauherd Sunnegga Buffet Bar Sunnegga Tufternalp Fotopoint Tufteren Othmar´s Ried Fotopoint Riedweg

What a run! The downhill from Rothorn to Zermatt entails a vertical drop of 1,678 m. You ride on the gravel path, not the single trails.

easy
13.3 km
0:25 h
6 m
1501 m

From Zermatt, the cable cars take you up to Rothorn (3,100 m). It’s easy to see what you do first - drink in the incredible views of the Matterhorn.

Then you’re off! The gravel path heads through the Alpine terrain via Rotweng down to Blauherd. It is initially steep in places, but flattens out as you approach Blauherd.

After Blauherd, it then becomes very steep. You may need to take a short break at Sunnegga.

Some people may know this route from the winter, as the pistes cross it.

After Sunnegga, there are two ways of getting back to Zermatt. You can either head along the path via Ried back to the village or have a go at the Sunnegga-Trail.

The hardcore variant is the trail in reverse – from Zermatt up to the Rothorn. It’s best ridden on an E-Bike.

  • Please note that the Rothorn cable car is not running in summer 2019.

Author’s recommendation

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: August 09, 2019

Difficulty
S1 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Rothorn, 3103 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1620 m
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Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Othmar´s
Ried
Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria
Tufternalp

Safety information

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

Tips, hints and links

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Rothorn (3,103 m) (3100 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.020790, 7.797955
UTM
32T 406957 5097059

Destination

Zermat (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rothorn - Blauherd - Sunnegga - Tufteren - Ried - Zermatt

(The trail can also be ridden in the other direction, from Zermatt to Rothorn – some sections steep and difficult.)

Variant 1: Rothorn - Blauherd - Sunnegga - Sunegga-Trail - Zermatt

Please note that the Rothorn cable car is not running in summer 2019.

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”.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Reviews

4.0
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Mandy Thronicker
August 16, 2017 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour in einer tollen Landschaft und immer wieder sehr schöne Blicke zum Matterhorn. Nur das letzte Stück geht auf einer normalen Forststraße hinab.
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Difficulty
S1 easy
Distance
13.3 km
Duration
0:25 h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
1501 m
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