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Winter hiking

Riffelalp-Winkelmatten (Nr. 114)

Winter hiking · Wallis
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  • Winter hiking trail below Riffelalp
    / Winter hiking trail below Riffelalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Marc Weiler
  • / Chapel at Riffelalp
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / A frequent sight along the trail - the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Marc Weiler
  • / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Bergbahnstation Riffelalp Walliserkeller - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M. Kapelle Riffelalp "Herz Jesu" Alphitta Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M. Chämi-Hitta Ritti

This winter hiking trail leads through a wonderfully romantic snow-covered forest along the slopes of the Gornergrat and down into the village of Zermatt.

moderate
4.2 km
1:45 h
23 m
564 m

The treeline at Riffelalp announces the transition clearly: this is the beginning of the winter forest. The gnarled Swiss stone pines are heavily laden with snow; a cold winter breeze whispers around the naked branches of the larches. The snow crunches underfoot as the trail winds gently down to Zermatt.

Walkers following this winter hiking trail late in the afternoon may well spot a roe deer, immobile, the colour of its coat barely discernible from that of the surrounding larches.

Author’s recommendation

This hike is especially beautiful when there is fresh snow and the Alpine pine and larch trees along the path are covered with fresh, sparkling snow.

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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: November 07, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2228 m
Lowest point
1664 m
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Rest Stop

Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Chämi-Hitta
Ritti
Walliserkeller - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Alphitta

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.

 

Note: This winter hiking trail can be slippery. Consider wearing ice grips or microspikes on footwear (available from sports shops).

Equipment

We recommend:

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

Start

Riffelalp (2,211 m) (2213 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.004857, 7.753650
UTM
32T 403500 5095342

Destination

Winkelmatten (1,650 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Riffelalp - Ritti - Winkelmatten (chapel)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 30)

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
4.2 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
23 m
Descent
564 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent Faunistic highlights

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