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Climate Audio Trail

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  • The Monte Rosa Hut is coming closer - nearly done
    / The Monte Rosa Hut is coming closer - nearly done
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Crossing the Gorner Glacier with wooden piles as direction signs
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Fux-Schaller
  • / Monte Rosa hut (2,883 m), run by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Stéphanie Marie-Couson
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Zermatt’s Climate Audio Trail leads high into the world of the glaciers and mountains. Audio guides reveal fascinating insights into the climate.
difficult
Distance 8 km
4:00 h
464 m
404 m

First step is to collect audio guides before taking the Gornergrat Bahn cog train to Rotenboden. From here, the trail leads across the Gorner glacier to the Monte Rosa Hut (2,883 m). The hike of about four hours allows plenty of time to listen to nine stories about the climate, each lasting about five minutes.

  • Visitors can also listen to the climate stories on the train ride to the Gornergrat (without doing the hike)
  • Audio guides in German, English and French (deposit: CHF 50)
  • The guides can also be downloaded onto smartphones as a podcast, from klimahoerpfad.ch
  • The trail is classified as an alpine hiking T4 trail on the SAC scale
  • Crampons required

Author’s recommendation

The route leads across the glacier. Recommended: book a mountain guide.

Instead of returning from the Monte Rosa hut on the same day, this modern hut has 120 beds for overnight stays.

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Update: February 20, 2020
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Highest point
2,914 m
Lowest point
2,638 m
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Rest Stop

Monte Rosa hut (Swiss Alpine Club)

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.

Important! Difficulty level T4 – the route is difficult. Glacier traverse. Unsuitable for inexperienced mountain hikers. We recommend the services of a mountain guide. Return hiking time 6-7 hours.

Tips and hints

myclimate with the Podcasts

Guided tours from the Zermatters

Start

Rotenboden (2,815 m) (2,815 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'625'317E 1'092'594N
DD
45.984437, 7.765333
DMS
45°59'04.0"N 7°45'55.2"E
UTM
32T 404370 5093059
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Destination

Monte Rosa Hut SAC (2,883 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Rotenboden - Monte Rosa Hut (route across glacier marked with flags)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 3.5 h)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Klimahörpfad”.

 

Note: The old trail will continue to be maintained, so hikers can enjoy a circular route.

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
2'625'317E 1'092'594N
DD
45.984437, 7.765333
DMS
45°59'04.0"N 7°45'55.2"E
UTM
32T 404370 5093059
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend for the Klimahörpfad (climate audio trail):

  • Audio guide (available with deposit from Zermatt Tourism, Gornergrat Bahn station or the Zermatters). Also available as podcast.
  • Good mountain boots
  • Crampons
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Note! The crossings to the glacier and the glacier passages are constantly changing and often very tricky. Good climbing boots and crampons are essential. Sticks or ice axes can be helpful and it's a good idea to take a rope. Good stamina is also important.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
464 m
Descent
404 m
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