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Regional hiking trail

Crystal Trail (Nr. 7)

Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • Hiking around the peak Rothorn
    / Hiking around the peak Rothorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Why not taking a cooling in the lake Stellisee
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Possibly seen along the way: the edelweiss (July/August)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / Perfect photoppoint - lake Stellisee with the reflection of the Matterhorn in it
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
m 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 5 4 3 2 1 km Rothorn Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria Bergbahnstation Blauherd Fluhalp Stellisee

This path leads to many of the highlights of the Zermatt mountains. Delightful sights include the reflection of the Matterhorn in the surface of the Stellisee lake.
moderate
5.4 km
1:45 h
64 m
588 m

This natural spectacle is world-famous. The Matterhorn stands solitary on the horizon. In the foreground is the Stellisee lake, with its mirror-like surface and crystal-clear water.   And floating on it, the inverted pyramid of the Matterhorn: perfection in nature!

The view of the Findel Glacier is bewitching. The river of ice has been retreating for a long time now, as hikers can see clearly. Stretches of the trail lead along the former lateral moraines of the glacier.

Author’s recommendation

Hikers who linger along the trail may be lucky enough to spot chamois, depending on season.

Look out for the star of the mountain floral world, the edelweiss (July/August).

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3102 m
Lowest point
2530 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Fluhalp
Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria

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.

Start

Rothorn (3,103 m) (3101 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.021150, 7.797492
DMS
46°01'16.1"N 7°47'51.0"E
UTM
32T 406922 5097100
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Destination

Blauherd (2,571 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rothorn - Fluhalp - Stellisee - Blauherd

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 15)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Kristallweg”.

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
46.021150, 7.797492
DMS
46°01'16.1"N 7°47'51.0"E
UTM
32T 406922 5097100
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Camera

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.4 km
Duration
1:45h
Ascent
64 m
Descent
588 m
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