This winter hike goes quite close to the Matterhorn and directly under the mighty North Wall.
There is no other winter hike that takes one as close to the Matterhorn as this one does. The hike goes from Schwarzsee to Stafel with an altitude descent of 380 m. The constant companion at one’s side: The Matterhorn North Wall. Until now, it has presented a real challenge to Alpinists, and there are very few very experienced mountain climbers who have attempted it.
Do not forget a camera or smartphone, because a picture of the steep Matterhorn North Wall alone is worth the trip in any case.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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.
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”.