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Skitouring · Zermatt
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  • High above Zermatt and the clouds
    / High above Zermatt and the clouds
    Photo: Denis Gruber, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / En route with the ski touring equipment to the Pfulwe pass
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, ZERMATTERS
  • / On the way to the Pfulwe with the Matterhorn and the Rothorn station in the background
    Photo: Denis Gruber, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Arriving at the chapel on the Täschalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
m 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria Bahnhof Täsch Rothorn Fluhalp Römisch-katholische Kirche Täsch Kapelle Täschberg
The accessibility of this tour makes it suitable for beginners and less experienced skiers. It heads from Zermatt via the Pfulwe to Täsch.
Distance 19.7 km
5:00 h
816 m
2,475 m

The ascent on touring skis from Fluhalp up to the Pfulwe takes around two hours. Arriving at the Pfulwe, you can enjoy panoramic views of some of the most incredible four-thousanders in the Alps - the Allalinhorn and Rimpfischhorn, the Monte Rosa massif, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and as far as the Weisshorn. The effort of the ascent is worth it, as the descent that follows covers around 1,100 metres on powder snow slopes to Täschalp and then further downhill to Täsch. From Täsch, you can head back to Zermatt either by taxi or using the shuttle train.

  • For beginners and less experienced skiers
  • Peace and seclusion despite being accessible
  • Long, powder snow descent

Author’s recommendation

The tour can also be completed in the opposite direction.
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Update: November 02, 2020
Highest point
3,311 m
Lowest point
1,438 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Rothorn Ristorante Pizzeria

Safety information

  • Always go with a mountain guide on a tour
  • Stay up-to-date with the weather and avalanche status: Snow Report
    More information is available in the Swiss avalanche bulletins (
  • Always maintain visual contact with accompanying persons
  • Use key sections and extremely steep slopes individually
  • Never go into a wild game protection zone (these are marked and one will be fined)
  • Always switch the avalanche transceiver (LVS device) unit to transmission
  • Always carry a shovel and a probe
  • Pay close attention to daily atmospheric warming and continually re-evaluate the situation

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

Further information & mountain guide agency


Rothorn (3,103 m) (3,097 m)
2'627'843E 1'096'640N
46.020738, 7.798165
46°01'14.7"N 7°47'53.4"E
32T 406974 5097053


Täsch (1,450 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rothorn – Fluhalp – Pfulwe – Täschalp – Täsch

We recommend to book a mountain guide who knows well the place.


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”.


2'627'843E 1'096'640N
46.020738, 7.798165
46°01'14.7"N 7°47'53.4"E
32T 406974 5097053
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Backpack, shovel, probe
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Warm weatherproof clothing
  • Warm gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm drinks
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)

Important! Requirement: very good skiing skills and abilities, ski touring experience, surefooted with no fear of heights


Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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