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Regional hiking trail

Täschalp-Weingartensee (Nr. 47)

Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • View from the lake Weingartensee with the Matterhorn in the background
    / View from the lake Weingartensee with the Matterhorn in the background
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Täschhütte (2,701 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Täschhütte
m 3600 3400 3200 3000 2800 2600 2400 2200 2000 8 6 4 2 km Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge Weingartensee Täschhütte SAC

The name of this walk is misleading. The Weingartensee, which means “vineyard lake”, is certainly a lake, but there are no vineyards far and wide. This is a wild and bare landscape, sculpted by the retreating glaciers.
difficult
9.3 km
4:40 h
1079 m
1079 m

The trail leads at first to the Täsch hut, a popular base for mountaineers planning to scale the Alphubel, Täschhorn and Rimpfischhorn. The path then continues up to the Weingartensee along a former lateral moraine. Scree, rock and cliffs dominate the arid landscape, which has hardly any vegetation. Stand at the far end of the reservoir, and the mirror-like surface appears to merge with the sky.

Dominating the landscape is the mighty Alphubel, more than 4,000 m high, whose shape and name suggests a hill rather than a mountain. In the local dialect, “Hubel” refers to a small, rounded mound or a hilly landscape.

  • Variant: by taxi to Täschalp (Ottavan / Ottaffe)
  • Region devoid of people; wonderful views
  • Magnificent views of the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Matterhorn
  • Täschalp: cheese and Ziger soft cheese for sale

Author’s recommendation

A great subject for a photograph is the Täschalp with the chapel in the foreground and the mighty Weisshorn (4,506 m) as the backdrop.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 06, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
3129 m
Lowest point
2183 m
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Rest Stop

Täschalp Restaurant & Lodge
Täschhütte SAC

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.

Tips, hints and links

By taxi from Täsch to Täschalp

Start

Täschalp (2,214 m) (2182 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.058224, 7.811281
UTM
32T 408051 5101203

Destination

Täschalp (2,214 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Täschalp (Ottavan) - Täsch hut - Weingartensee - Täschalp (Ottavan)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 4h 45)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Täsch: 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 Täsch.

Onward travel to Täschalp: see “Getting there”.

Getting there

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

Onward journey to Täschalp by taxi or bike. Further information available from the guest information centre near Täsch railway station.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Orts- und Flurnamen der Gemeinde Zermatt", Klaus Julen und weitere, 1995. Erhältlich in der Buchhandlung ZAP in Zermatt.

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from the guest information centre in Täsch, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

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

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


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
4:40h
Ascent
1079 m
Descent
1079 m
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