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Regional hiking trail

Path of Silence (Nr. 24)

Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway to the start of the hike
    / Ride on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway to the start of the hike
    Photo: Fabienne Fux-Schaller, Thomas Andematten
  • / Hike along the Grünsee lake
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
m 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 4 3 2 1 km 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - "VIS-À-VIS" Grünsee Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu

The Path of Silence is a treat for all seeking tranquillity. The trail leads from the Gornergrat down into a still, forgotten valley that offers a good chance of spotting wildlife.
difficult
5 km
1:45 h
15 m
803 m

This walk leads through the quieter region of the Gornergrat, into its little-known hinterland. Along the way it passes the Kellensee lake, used in winter as a storage reservoir for artificial snowmaking along the pistes. There are fewer and fewer people to be seen – and so an increasing likelihood of spotting chamois. The path crosses stubbly pastures of alpine grass before reaching the lower part of the Ritzigrat ridge and a landscape scattered with rocks and boulders. Freeriders may well remember the scene, from having traced sweeping turns across the pristine snow here in winter.

  • Swimming in the Grünsee lake (no dedicated facilities)
  • Chance to see wildlife
  • Interesting alpine flora with edelweiss

Author’s recommendation

As the name already suggests – a dream for those seeking peace and quiet.
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Updated: February 19, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3090 m
Lowest point
2297 m
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Rest Stop

3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - "VIS-À-VIS"
Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu

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

Gornergrat (3,089 m) (3089 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.983242, 7.782375
DMS
45°58'59.7"N 7°46'56.6"E
UTM
32T 405688 5092906
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Destination

Grünsee (2,300 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Gornergrat - Kelle - Grünsee (variant Grünsee - Findeln - Sunnegga approx. 1h 30, or variant to Riffelalp along the Naturweg trail approx. 40 min)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 35)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Weg der Stille”.

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
45.983242, 7.782375
DMS
45°58'59.7"N 7°46'56.6"E
UTM
32T 405688 5092906
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Bergblumenwelt von Zermatt – Alpine Flowers around Zermatt", Hanspeter Steindle, edition punktuell, CH-9101 Herisau, 2009, zweisprachige Ausgabe Deutsch und Englisch. ISBN 978-3-905724-15-8

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)

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
5 km
Duration
1:45h
Ascent
15 m
Descent
803 m
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