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Winter hiking

Pensioners' Trail / Lower High-Altitude Trail (Nr. 109)

Winter hiking · Wallis
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  • Winter wonder land along the "unterer Höhenweg" (AHV-Weg)
    / Winter wonder land along the "unterer Höhenweg" (AHV-Weg)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourimus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Treats for birds along the trail
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Tanja Hengartner
  • / A well-prepared trail revealing frequent views over the village
    Photo: Zermatt Tourimus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
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This trail meanders peacefully through the snow-blanketed forest, offering glimpses of three parallel worlds: the village, the Alpine forest and the Gornergrat Bahn.

easy
2.1 km
1:00 h
81 m
110 m

The trail climbs gently to a level where the views alternate between lush woodland and the rooftops of Zermatt. But the Pensioners' Trail is by no means intended only for older walkers. It leads from the Winkelmatten chapel up to the tracks of the Gornergrat Bahn: a good chance to see the working mechanism of a rack-and-pinion railway close up. The trail then flattens out; below, to the left, lie the hotels and houses of Zermatt, offering an occasional glimpse of an interior. Finally the path leads into the snow-blanketed forest, and an atmosphere of tranquil wintry seclusion.

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • Suitable for pulling sledges
  • Beautiful larch woods
  • Steps back down to the village

Author’s recommendation

Rest on one of the many benches along the trail and take in the stunning views of the Matterhorn.

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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 14, 2019

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1741 m
Lowest point
1649 m
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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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Start

Winkelmatten (1,650 m) (1672 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.013102, 7.745158
UTM
32T 402857 5096268

Destination

Schönegg (1,680 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Winkelmatten (chapel) - along the path: Pensioners' Trail / Lower High-Altitude Trail - Schönegg

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

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
easy
Distance
2.1 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
81 m
Descent
110 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly

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