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Marmot Trail (Nr. 8)

· 2 reviews · Theme trail · Switzerland
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  • Wooden marmot sculpture with info panel
    / Wooden marmot sculpture with info panel
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Curious marmot
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
  • / A detour to the Stellisee is well worth making
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Along the Marmot Trail with its wooden sculptures
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
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This walk is a must for families, offering a chance to watch marmots close-up.
moderate
3.8 km
1:10 h
135 m
426 m

Marmots are fascinating animals, comical creatures whose shrill warning whistles can be heard from far away. This path offers an ideal opportunity to watch the antics of these furry rodents, which live in burrows and are active by day. Walkers may be lucky enough to enjoy the charming sight of the young leaving the burrow for the first time.

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • Panels describe the life of the marmots (in German, English, French, Japanese)
  • Wood sculptures along the trail
  • Marmot observation posts at Sunnegga

Author’s recommendation

Do not forget your bathing suit and towel. Enjoy the bathing possibilities in the lake Leisee.
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Author
Zermatt Tourimus
Updated: February 18, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2578 m
Lowest point
2275 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga

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.

Tips, hints and links

Learn more about the marmots

Start

Blauherd (2,571 m) (2567 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.016783, 7.786326
DMS
46°01'00.4"N 7°47'10.8"E
UTM
32T 406051 5096628
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Destination

Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Blauherd - Stellisee - Sunnegga

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

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

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

DD
46.016783, 7.786326
DMS
46°01'00.4"N 7°47'10.8"E
UTM
32T 406051 5096628
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Themen erwandern in Zermatt", Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Eigenverlag, Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, ISBN 978-3-905756-68-5. Erhältlich bei den Zermatt Bergbahnen AG im Shop auf Matterhorn glacier paradise, via E-Mail info@matterhornparadise.ch oder per Telefon auf +41 (0)27 966 01 01.

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:

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

Questions & Answers

Question about Barbara Loosli · July 03, 2020 · Community
Können wir einen Teil des Weges mit einer Bahn machen? Kinderwagentauglich? Danke und freundliche Grüsse
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Reviews

4.5
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Irmgard Gehrig
September 13, 2015 · Community
Aussicht: Top Weg recht steil (gute Kniekondition ist ein Muss) Teilweise sehr abschüssig; Vorsicht mit Kindern!
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Aussicht vom Murmeliweg
Photo: Irmgard Gehrig, Community
Stellisee
Photo: Irmgard Gehrig, Community
Photo: Irmgard Gehrig, Community
Photo: Irmgard Gehrig, Community

Photos from others

Aussicht vom Murmeliweg
Stellisee

Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.8 km
Duration
1:10h
Ascent
135 m
Descent
426 m
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