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Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Active"

Trail running · Zermatt
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  • Matterhorn Ultraks race
    / Matterhorn Ultraks race
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Just after the start
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, © matterhorn.ultraks.com /C. Bussat
  • / Shortly before the first track marshal before Sunnegga
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / On the section from Sunnegga to Riffelalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Streckenprofil Strecke Active
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Matterhorn Ultraks
  • / Matterhorn Ultraks Trail
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This course makes a good introduction to mountain running: 19 km long, with 1,150 vertical metres of ascent and descent. The route leads through the mountains west of Zermatt, over the slopes of the Sunnegga and Gornergrat.

easy
19 km
1:25 h
1150 m
1150 m

The Matterhorn Ultraks Trail races have taken place every August since 2012. The routes are devised so that non-runners also enjoy an impressive spectacle and can cheer on the competitors. The Active race follows a beautiful route with long, wide-open expanses – the ideal circuit for beginners.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region, mostly west of the Vispa river
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga and Riffelalp
  • For spectators: start and finish in Zermatt
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer
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Zermatt Tourismus

Updated: May 15, 2018

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Sunnegga, 2288 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1620 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.

Equipment

No compulsory equipment specifications are set by the organising committee.

Recommended:

  • Suitable footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof and long-sleeved shirt)
  • Mobile phone
  • Survival blanket

Refreshment stations are located along the route.

Tips, hints and links

www.ultraks.com/en/

Start

Zermatt (1'620 m) (1608 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.022118, 7.748923
UTM
32T 403165 5097265

Destination

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - oberer Höhenweg - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Blatten - Zermatt

Distance: 19 km

D+ 1,150 and D- 1,150

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”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
19 km
Duration
1:25 h
Ascent
1150 m
Descent
1150 m
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