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Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Mountain"

Trail running · Zermatt
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  • On the section to Zmutt
    / On the section to Zmutt
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / On the section from Sunnegga to Riffelalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Arriving at the finish in Zermatt
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, © matterhorn.ultraks.com /J. Saragossa
  • / Streckenprofil Strecke Mountain
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Matterhorn Ultraks
  • / Matterhorn Ultraks Trail
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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
32.1 km
3:05 h
2000 m
2000 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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Zermatt Tourismus

Updated: April 25, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Schwarzsee, 2583 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1620 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Dec

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
46.021992, 7.748795
UTM
32T 403154 5097252

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”.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
32.1 km
Duration
3:05 h
Ascent
2000 m
Descent
2000 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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