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Winter hiking

Zermatt - Sunnegga

(1) Winter hiking • Wallis
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  • Zermatt - Sunnegga winter hiking trail with view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    / Zermatt - Sunnegga winter hiking trail with view of the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • Past the hamlet of Findeln
    / Past the hamlet of Findeln
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Leo Julen
  • Enjoying gastronomic treats in the numerous mountain restaurants in Findeln
    / Enjoying gastronomic treats in the numerous mountain restaurants in Findeln
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Joe Condron
  • Winterwandern
    / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt Tourismus
Map / Zermatt - Sunnegga
1800 2000 2200 2400 2600 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" Findlerhof Weiler Findeln Enzian Chez Vrony Paradies Sunnegga

This Zermatt winter walk is a dream in white, offering sunshine, the romance of the forest, snowy expanses, sparkling pinnacles, gastronomic treats and breathtaking views.
moderate
3.7 km
2:00 h
641 m
33 m
When the views are beautiful, a mountain ascent along a winter walking trail is doubly enjoyable. After the Winkelmatten quarter, the trail enters the protective forest above Zermatt and begins climbing.   Here there’s plenty of light, since larches lose their needles in winter. Now and again, walkers are treated to a clear view of the Matterhorn. Above the treeline, the trail traces a route across dazzling snowfields.

In Findeln, walkers are spoilt for choice: which restaurant to pick? After a stop for refreshment, the trail winds along and across the ski piste up to Sunnegga.

  • Wolli beginner’s park by the Leisee (for young skiers)
  • Leisee Shuttle funicular at Sunnegga: fun ride

Author’s recommendation

Walkers tempted to linger at one of the restaurants should check the timetable of the Sunnegga funicular: the last train down can be relatively early in winter, depending on the month.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: 2017-12-21

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2279 m
1672 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Chez Vrony
Findlerhof
Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Enzian
Paradies

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) (1671 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.013063, 7.745158
UTM
32T 402857 5096264

Destination

Sunnegga (2'288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Winkelmatten (chapel) - Findeln - Sunnegga

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

Julia Glizevskaja
2015-12-26
I choose this path on may way back. Pretty easy one. You missing few fantastic point compared to round via Tiefenmatten. But final destination as well nice. It easier and shorter
Reviews

Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
641 m
Descent
33 m
Tour route Scenic With refreshment stops Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

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