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Oberer Höhenweg Bike Tour (Nr. 30)

· 1 review · Mountainbiking · Zermatt
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  • The trail snakes along the rock
    / The trail snakes along the rock
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Bikeschule Zermatt
  • / If you’re not keen on heights, you can push your bike at this point.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Nik Wicki
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The majority of this route is not technically challenging, but you need a head for heights.
easy
5.8 km
0:35 h
57 m
349 m

The funicular goes from Zermatt up to Sunnegga. From there, you take the gravel path that heads off to the right (see signposts). Just before the start of the Sunnegga Trail, head left and go along the path until you reach Restaurant Findlerhof.

Just after this, the route continues on the hiking trail that heads off to the right. This is the one that you now follow. You soon come to a rockface and it might look like you’ve taken the wrong path. However, the route doesn't go up; instead, it simply snakes along the rock and is wide enough to ride. (Remember to duck!). If you’re not keen on heights, you can push your bike at this point.

Once you've passed this section, the route goes through the wood for about two kilometres and is very flowy. You can quickly get up speed and it’s a lot of fun.

The route ends on the gravel path just before the Patrullarve lift station. From here, you can take the Sunnegga flow trail into the village.

Author’s recommendation

Some people say that on this route you have the best view of the village and the Matterhorn. When you reach the outermost point of the rockface, Zermatt lies beneath you.
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Updated: May 20, 2020

Difficulty
S1 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Sunnegga, 2288 m
Lowest point
1964 m
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Rest Stop

Chez Vrony
Findlerhof
Adler-Hitta
Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Enzian

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.

Tips, hints and links

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Sunnegga (2,288 m) (2283 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.016834, 7.769924
DMS
46°01'00.6"N 7°46'11.7"E
UTM
32T 404781 5096653
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Destination

Patrullarve (2,000 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Sunnegga - Furggegga - Wildi - Findeln - Oberer Höhenweg - Patrullarve

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
46.016834, 7.769924
DMS
46°01'00.6"N 7°46'11.7"E
UTM
32T 404781 5096653
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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

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Difficulty
S1 easy
Distance
5.8 km
Duration
0:35h
Ascent
57 m
Descent
349 m
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