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From the Mountain Lodge, a trail leads directly down to Zermatt.
For those short on time, or energy, this is an option.
But, there is a very good reason not to drop directly to town: the victory lap high above Zermatt may well be one of the nine most-perfect days of trail running.
It’s definitely the perfect trail for this tour’s grand finale.
After a morning cruise to Zmutt, a small, well preserved village with great coffee and baked goods, you'll begin an 800 meter climb to gain the upper Matterhorn Panorama Trail following some of the best running of the entire Via Valais all the way to the Trift Hotel.
After a tall glass of home-made ice tea the Trift Hotel, a quick descent leads right into Zermatt.
Or, if you don't want the Via Valais to end, you can head up to the bonus peak, the Mettelhorn. Be sure to take an extra day or two to enjoy Zermatt.
Put your feet up or explore the many great trail running accessible right from town. Bonus Peak: Mettlehorn (3406m) 9km, 1081m+/- Download the GPX file here: http://bit.ly/ViaValais_Stage9