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Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Sky"

Trail running · Zermatt
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  • On the Gornergrat section
    / On the Gornergrat section
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • Past the Riffelsee lake, with reflection of the Matterhorn
    / Past the Riffelsee lake, with reflection of the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • Streckenprofil - Strecke Sky
    / Streckenprofil - Strecke Sky
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Matterhorn Ultraks
  • Matterhorn Ultraks Trail
    / Matterhorn Ultraks Trail
    Video: Matterhorn Ultraks
Map / Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Sky"
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This race pushes the fittest and toughest endurance athletes to the limit: 49 km long, 3,600 vertical metres of ascent and descent, and plenty of challenging terrain. A contest without mercy for diehard runners.

difficult
50 km
4:45 h
3600 m
3600 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 Sky course follows a breathtaking route with extended open stretches as well as high summits. It’s an ideal course for athletes who can run fast on a technically challenging course complete with a gruelling climb up to 3,100 m on the Gornergrat. Only a true champion can master this circuit, the cult course of the Matterhorn Ultraks Trail contest.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Riffelalp, Schwarzsee
  • 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
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Gornergrat, 3130 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1620 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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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
46.021969, 7.748773
UTM
32T 403153 5097249

Destination

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - oberer Höhenweg - Sunnegga - Gornergrat - Riffelalp - Furi - Schwarzsee - Stafel - Trift - Schweifinen - Zermatt

Distance: 49 km

D+ 3,600 and D- 3,600

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
difficult
Distance
50 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
3600 m
Descent
3600 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Summit route

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