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Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Mountain"

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  • On the section to Zmutt
    / On the section to Zmutt
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  • / On the section from Sunnegga to Riffelalp
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  • / Arriving at the finish in Zermatt
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, © matterhorn.ultraks.com /J. Saragossa
  • / Streckenprofil Strecke Mountain
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This course demands a great deal of effort, even though endurance athletes regard it as “medium” distance. Runners cover a total of 32 km, with ascents and descents of 2,000 vertical metres.
moderate
Distance 32.1 km
3:05 h
2,000 m
2,000 m
2,583 m
1,620 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 Mountain race takes place over a medium-distance course through the glorious mountain landscape around Zermatt. Leading along footpaths, it features the suspension bridge at Furi, 90 m above the Gornerschlucht gorge – an impressive moment for runners.

  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga, Riffelalp and Schwarzsee
  • 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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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Update: February 20, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Schwarzsee, 2,583 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1,620 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.

Tips and hints

www.ultraks.com/en/

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'624'019E 1'096'763N
DD
46.021992, 7.748795
DMS
46°01'19.2"N 7°44'55.7"E
UTM
32T 403154 5097252
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - oberer Höhenweg - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Gletschergarten - Furi - Schwarzsee - Stafel - Zmutt - Zermatt

Distance: 32 km
D+ 2,000 and D- 2,000

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
2'624'019E 1'096'763N
DD
46.021992, 7.748795
DMS
46°01'19.2"N 7°44'55.7"E
UTM
32T 403154 5097252
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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.

Basic Equipment for Trail Running

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Comfortable running shoes
  • Trail running socks
  • Vest pack
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Headlamp
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
32.1 km
Duration
3:05 h
Ascent
2,000 m
Descent
2,000 m
Highest point
2,583 m
Lowest point
1,620 m
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