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Challenge Trail (Nr. 141)

Snowshoeing · Zermatt
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  • Snowshoe hiking with a winter panorama
    / Snowshoe hiking with a winter panorama
    Photo: Gornergrat Bahn, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / The snowshoe trail starts at the station Gornergrat
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Zermatt Tourimsu
  • / Snowshoeing far away from the slopes
    Photo: Michael Portmann, Zermatt - Matterhorn
  • / Schneeschuhwandern
    Video: Zermatt - Matterhorn
m 3100 3000 2900 2800 1,6 1,4 1,2 1,0 0,8 0,6 0,4 0,2 km 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself Bergbahnstation Rotenboden
This snowshoe trail leads close to the Gornergrat Bahn railway line from Gornergrat down to Rotenboden. Sparkling snow, sunshine and a magnificent mountain panorama with the Matterhorn promise a memorable hike.
Distance 1.7 km
1:00 h
1 m
267 m
3,089 m
2,815 m

Especially after fresh snowfall, this walk promises pure pleasure. Hikers following the leisurely trail barely notice the descent of about 300 vertical metres, so beautiful are the mountain vistas – taking in the Matterhorn, Klein Matterhorn, Breithorn and other peaks. Railway enthusiasts are also in for a treat, with fine views of the cog trains of the Gornergrat Bahn as they twist prettily and almost silently through the snow-blanketed landscape.

  • From Gornergrat, set off left of the railway line
  • Unusual route away from the ski pistes
  • Pink markers approx. every 100 m along the route
  • Photo subjects: Gornergrat Bahn cog railway and mountain panorama
  • Stay on marked trail to avoid disturbing wildlife
  • Guided tours bookable through the Zermatters

Author’s recommendation

If you have not had enough of snowshoe hiking, you can continue along the Panorama Trail to Riffelberg.
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Update: December 01, 2021
Highest point
Gornergrat, 3,089 m
Lowest point
Rotenboden, 2,815 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat - Panoramaself

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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin.
All snowshoeing is at one’s own risk.

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

Guided snowshoe hiking tours

Winter sports report


Gornergrat (3,089 m) (3,079 m)
2'626'636E 1'092'463N
45.983212, 7.782343
45°58'59.6"N 7°46'56.4"E
32T 405685 5092903


Rotenboden (2,815 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Gornergrat - Rotenboden (on the left side of the railway line)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 30)


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”.


2'626'636E 1'092'463N
45.983212, 7.782343
45°58'59.6"N 7°46'56.4"E
32T 405685 5092903
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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1.7 km
1:00 h
1 m
267 m
Highest point
3,089 m
Lowest point
2,815 m
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