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Regional hiking trail

Weisshorn Hut (Nr. 61)

Regional hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • View of the Weisshorn (4,506 m)
    / View of the Weisshorn (4,506 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / Ascent to the Weisshorn hut (2,932 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Weisshorn hut (2,932 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
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This tough trail is suitable for experienced mountain hikers in good physical shape. The route entails an ascent of 1,774 vertical metres – but the climb is well worth the effort.
difficult
6.6 km
4:30 h
1778 m
256 m
The Weisshorn Hut stands on a crag offering glorious views of the nearby south-east face of the Weisshorn (4,506 m) along with 18 other peaks above 4,000 m. The cosy mountain hut run by the Basel section of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) is a popular base for mountaineers planning ambitious climbs such as the extremely demanding ascent of the Weisshorn. The hike up to the hut and back down to the valley requires a high level of fitness as well as good knees.

Author’s recommendation

The clos enough to touch southeast wall of the Weisshorn pyramid is particularly impressive.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 19, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2933 m
Lowest point
1405 m
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Rest Stop

Weisshornhütte

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

Randa (1,439 m) (1410 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.100071, 7.781650
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405830 5105887
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Destination

Weisshorn Hut SAC (2,932 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Randa (station) - Jatzalpe - Weisshorn Hut

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 2h 30)

Note


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
46.100071, 7.781650
DMS
46°06'00.3"N 7°46'53.9"E
UTM
32T 405830 5105887
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

We recommend:

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

Questions & Answers

Question about Antonia H. · May 22, 2020 · Community
Hi :) I know the hut is due to open in June, but do you know if the hiking path is already open? Thank you :)
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.6 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
1778 m
Descent
256 m
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