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Winter hiking

Schwarzsee - Stafel

Winter hiking · Zermatt
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Map / Schwarzsee - Stafel
2100 2250 2400 2550 2700 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 Schwarzsee (Bergbahnstation) Schwarzsee Schwarzsee Stafelalp 2200m

This winter hike goes quite close to the Matterhorn and directly under the mighty North Wall.

moderate
2.8 km
1:00 h
0 m
385 m

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.

  • Idyllic chapel at Schwarzsee
  • Good view of the Matterhorn North Wall

Author’s recommendation

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).

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Zermatt Tourismus

Updated: January 25, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2583 m
2200 m
Highest point
Schwarzsee (2583 m)
Lowest point
Stafel (2200 m)
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Rest Stop

Schwarzsee
Stafelalp 2200m

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

Schwarzsee (2'583 m) (2581 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.991258, 7.709561
UTM
32T 400062 5093885

Destination

Stafel (2'200 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Schwarzsee - Stafel

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 20)

 

Tip: The hike can be continued over Stafel - Furi.

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
2.8 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
0 m
Descent
385 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

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