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Schwarztor

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  • Descent with view of the Matterhorn
    / Descent with view of the Matterhorn
    Photo: Fernando Guntern, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Past numerous seracs
    Photo: Fernando Guntern, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / The rugged glacier with the Breithorn in the background
    Photo: Fernando Guntern, Zermatt Tourismus
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On the ascent, you're on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The descent weaves enjoyably through crevasses and seracs back to Zermatt.
easy
Distance 16.8 km
4:00 h
117 m
2,340 m

Starting from the Klein Matterhorn, the route on skis heads across the Breithorn plateau and along the Breithorn before heading to the 4,000-metre twins Castor and Pollux. This takes you to the Schwarztor, the gap between Roccia Nera (eastern end of the Breithorn) and Pollux. Ski tourers then enjoy a long, powder snow descent through a labyrinth of incredible crevasses and seracs down to the Gorner Glacier and on to Zermatt.

  • Up close to the 4,000ers around Zermatt
  • Spend the whole day on the glacier
  • Challenging navigation on the descent

Author’s recommendation

Option: Ascent of Pollux before the descent.

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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: November 02, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
3,838 m
Lowest point
1,615 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Matterhorn glacier paradise
Farmerhaus
Furri
Hennu Stall
Blatten

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 (www.slf.ch)
  • 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

Start

Klein Matterhorn (3,883 m) (3,838 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'622'549E 1'087'465N
DD
45.938403, 7.729368
DMS
45°56'18.3"N 7°43'45.7"E
UTM
32T 401503 5087988
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Klein Matterhorn – Breithornplateau – Schwarztor – Gorner Glacier – Furi - Zermatt
Option: Ascent of Pollux before the descent.

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

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

SwissGrid
2'622'549E 1'087'465N
DD
45.938403, 7.729368
DMS
45°56'18.3"N 7°43'45.7"E
UTM
32T 401503 5087988
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
16.8 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
117 m
Descent
2,340 m
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