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Matterhorn Tour

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  • The ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn
    / The ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / For expert and fit hikers with extensive experience of the high mountains
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
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This is the ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn. The tour begins in Randa and leads anticlockwise around the pyramid-shaped peak, revealing the iconic mountain’s many different facets.
difficult
149.6 km
60:00 h
10,731 m
10,515 m

A tour de force for expert and fit hikers with extensive experience of the high mountains. 60 hours of hiking, 13,000 vertical metres and 148 effective kilometres: a supreme adventure! The route leads high and low, via countless famous locations: Zinal in the Val d’Anniviers, Lac de Moiry, Arolla, Haut Glacier d’Arolla, Col Collon. And then into Italy: Lago Place Moulin, Tola, Torrente Marmore and Breuil/Cervinia, Zermatt’s neighbouring resort, familiar to skiers. The trail finally leads back into Switzerland via the Theodul Pass and the Theodul Glacier.

  • The Matterhorn from all sides
  • Circuit of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and Matterhorn
  • Wide variety of villages with different mountain cultures
  • Tour through Switzerland and Italy
  • Numerous operators in Switzerland and Italy feature this tour as a guided trek in their programmes

Author’s recommendation

Reservations recommended at mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages .

The mountain landscape along the Tour Matterhorn is known for its breathtaking panoramas, attractive mountain villages and wealth of fauna and flora.

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Updated: December 03, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
3,334 m
Lowest point
1,403 m
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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.

Important! This is a demanding alpine trek; stages may include glacier traverses. We therefore recommend the services of a mountain guide with local knowledge.

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

www.tourducervin.ch/

Start

Randa (1,439 m) (1,409 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.100064, 7.781646
DMS
46°06'00.2"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405830 5105886
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stages:

1. Randa - Topali (7h)
2. Topali - Jungu (6h)
3. Jungu - Gruben / Turtmann valley (5h 15)
4. Gruben - Zinal (6h 20)
5. Zinal - Les Haudères - Arolla (10h)
6. Arolla - Prarayer (8h 40)
7. Prarayer - Valtournenche / Breuil (8h 30)
8. Valtournenche / Breuil - Theodul (4h 15)
9. Theodul - Zermatt (3h 45)

Variant: Zermatt – Europa Hut (6h 35) und Europa Hut - Grächen (5h 30)

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 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 Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.

Parking

There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.

Coordinates

DD
46.100064, 7.781646
DMS
46°06'00.2"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405830 5105886
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Der Matterhorn-Trek", in 9 Etappen um den Berg der Berge, Iris Kürschner, AT-Verlag. Deutsch. "Matterhorn-Rundweg", Iris Kürschner, Stein Verlag. Deutsch. "Tour Matterhorn – rund um den Berg der Berge", Remo Nanzer, Rotten Verlag Visp. Deutsch.

Author’s map recommendations

A hiking map with marked route (1:50,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with a tour guide containing details of each stage, advice on equipment and other information useful for preparing a trek.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water

Additional equipment for glacier crossings: crampons, climbing harness, 1 rope per group of 4, suitable clothing

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
149.6 km
Duration
60:00h
Ascent
10,731 m
Descent
10,515 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Geological highlights Faunistic highlights Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Ridge traverse Ridge crossing

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