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The Matterhorn Trek

Multi-day hike · Zermatt
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  • Hut trekking in the middle of Zermatt's mountain world
    / Hut trekking in the middle of Zermatt's mountain world
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, ZERMATTERS
  • / Destination for the first day is the mountain tavern Trift
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Berggasthaus Trift
  • / Destination for the second day is the Schönbiel Hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Schönbiel Hütte
  • / Foto point: The Arbenbach falls, in sight of the mighty north face of the Matterhorn.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Passing the lake "Schwarzsee" and going ahead up to Hönrli Hut
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Destination for the third day is the Hörnli Hut
    Photo: Zermat Tourismus, Hörnlihütte
  • / Destination for the fourth day is the Gandegg Hut
    Photo: Gandegghütte, Zermatt Tourismus
m 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 40 30 20 10 km Hörnlihütte | Matterhorn Trift Berggasthaus Stafelalp 2200m Aroleid Restaurant Schönbielhütte
Hut trekking in the mountain paradise surrounding Zermatt leads over Alpine meadows and up into the high Alpine landscape. In 4 to 6-hour stages, the route over 5 days is from hut to hut through the Zermatt mountain world.
Distance 46.5 km
17:10 h
3,030 m
3,030 m

The trekking begins and ends in Zermatt. Along the entire route, one hikes far from civilisation from hut to hut. Along the path on either side are rare flowers and into the distance at eye level stretch the mountain giants including the Matterhorn with its awesome and terrifying north wall.

After each stage, a comfortable mountain hut awaits where the in-resident host welcomes the guests. These people know the mountain world around Zermatt exceptionally well and most certainly will have tales to tell.

The trekking offers different facets and five days of fascination in Zermatt’s mountain paradise.

  • Do not forget a camera
  • Gaze in wonder at many unknown sides to the Matterhorn up close and personal
  • New Hörnli Hut opened in July 2015 in occasion of the 150 Years First Ascent of the Matterhorn
  • As a long tour lasting several days in an Alpine environment, the Matterhorn Trek requires careful preparation.

Author’s recommendation

Every current hut warden always has an exciting tale to tell about his everyday life.
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Update: September 03, 2021
Highest point
Hörnlihütte, 3,260 m
Lowest point
Dorf Zermatt, 1,620 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Les Marmottes
Trift Berggasthaus
Hörnlihütte | Matterhorn
Stafelalp 2200m
Aroleid Restaurant

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.

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 and hints

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Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,614 m)
2'623'835E 1'096'620N
46.020713, 7.746419
46°01'14.6"N 7°44'47.1"E
32T 402968 5097112


Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions


Day 1 > Zermatt - Trift Mountain Lodge
Elevation: + 730 m
Distance: 3.7 km


Day 2 > Trift Mountain Lodge - Schönbiel Hut
Elevation: +780 m, - 430 m
Distance: 11.3 km


Day 3 > Schönbiel Hut - Hörnli Hut Matterhorn
Elevation: + 1105 m, - 540 m
Distance: 13.2 km


Day 4 > Hörnli Hut Matterhorn - Gandegg Hut
Elevation: + 430 m, - 660 m
Distance: 9 km


Day 5 > Gandegg Hut – Zermatt
Elevation: - 1415 m
Distance: 8.9 km


The distances and altitudes given are intended as guidance only. Actual times and distances may vary depending on the route chosen.


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.


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”.


2'623'835E 1'096'620N
46.020713, 7.746419
46°01'14.6"N 7°44'47.1"E
32T 402968 5097112
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Eine Wanderkarte im Massstab 1:25000 ist im Gäste-Informationscenter von Zermatt Tourismus erhältlich. Ebenso Broschüren mit Tipps und Empfehlungen.


We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Depending on the hut a silk sleeping bag is required
  • Binoculars
  • Camera / Telephoto

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot  are needed

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Questions and answers

Question from Sean Lawlor · July 28, 2021 · Community
this is my first self guide trek - any tips to help
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Question from Julie Weinhouse · July 14, 2021 · Community
Are there any points on this route where the trail is narrow with drop offs or there is a risk of falling. There is a mention of being sure-footed and a good head for heights but it would be helpful if there were specifics so we know we're talking about the same thing!
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