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Blauherd-Riffelalp Bike Tour (Nr. 23)

Mountainbiking · Zermatt
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  • Exploring by bike, with the Matterhorn (4,478 m) always in view
    / Exploring by bike, with the Matterhorn (4,478 m) always in view
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Tom Malecha
  • / A side trip to the lake Stellisee with Matterhorn reflection
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Bike transport on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Endre Lovaas
m 2700 2600 2500 2400 2300 2200 2100 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Alphitta Bergbahnstation Blauherd Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu Stellisee Al Bosco … m.ü.M. Grindjisee Grünsee

This route is not technically challenging, but the mountain views are incredible.

moderate
7.5 km
0:50 h
103 m
456 m

From Zermatt, the funicular takes you to Sunnegga, where a cable car will then take you on to Blauherd. After Blauherd, the gravel path goes down to Grünsee.

After Grünsee, the trail climbs up to Riffelboden and then down to Riffelalp.

After Riffelalp, you can either ride back along the gravel path to Furi or follow the Gornergrat Classic route (no. 1).

The more challenging version starts at Riffelalp and goes up to Blauherd.

  •  This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike.

Author’s recommendation

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

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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: May 20, 2020

Difficulty
S0 moderate
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Highest point
2584 m
Lowest point
2224 m
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Rest Stop

Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Alphitta

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.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

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

Blauherd (2,571 m) (2577 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.016899, 7.786457
UTM
32T 406061 5096641

Destination

Riffelalp (2,211 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Blauherd - Grünsee - Riffelboden - Riffelalp

Variant in reverse direction: Riffelalp - Riffelboden - Grünsee - Blauherd

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”.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
7.5 km
Duration
0:50h
Ascent
103 m
Descent
456 m
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