Guidebook

Stunning Mountain Hikes Around Zermatt

10 terrific trails in Switzerland’s favourite hiking destination.

Description

If you’re looking for mountain views and endless possibilities to explore on foot, then you need to plan a trip to Zermatt! Zermatt is home to over 400km of hiking network trails and 38 four thousand-metre peaks, including the magnificent 4,478-metre-high Matterhorn mountain dominating the skyline.

There are strenuous summit climbs, remote alpine lakes, and short family-friendly excursions all within easy reach of the beautiful car-free town of Zermatt. As well as the views, a reliable chairlift system, and well-signed trails, there is, of course, the other bonus of hiking in the Swiss Alps: the reward of hearty cheese fondue in a quaint mountain hut!

For a pretty ridgeline walk with the chance to spot marmots, try the Blauherd - Sunnegga (Marmot Trail). To walk in the footsteps of Mark Twain, follow one of his favourite trails: Riffelberg - Riffelalp (Mark Twain)!

Sources
https://www.zermatt.ch/en/hiking
https://www.earthtrekkers.com/best-things-to-do-in-zermatt-switzerland/

Zermatt - Trift (Botanischer Lehrpfad)

Zermatt - Trift (Botanischer Lehrpfad)

1 - 2 hrs
3.3 km
733 m
15 m
Steeper path at the start followed by beautiful valley walk up from Edelweiss (the half way point) and Trift, at the bottom of the glacier
Moderate
Private
Blauherd - Sunnegga (Marmot Trail)

Blauherd - Sunnegga (Marmot Trail)

The Mischabel Range
0 - 1 hrs
1.5 km
0 m
283 m
A pretty walk along the ridge line of the face towards Blauherd. There's no tree cover and the path does drop away steeply to the right, so avoid this if you suffer from fear of heights!
Moderate
Private
Sunnegga - Tuftern - Zermatt (Waldweg)

Sunnegga - Tuftern - Zermatt (Waldweg)

The Mischabel Range
1 - 2 hrs
7.3 km
18 m
688 m
A pretty and picturesque easy walk up to the Sunnegga station
Moderate
Private
Bahnweg Täsch - Zermatt

Bahnweg Täsch - Zermatt

The Mischabel Range
1 - 2 hrs
5.6 km
219 m
49 m
Gentle walk up through the forest away from the road and the train line to Zermatt
Easy
Private
AHV Weg (Winkelmatten - Sunnegga base station)

AHV Weg (Winkelmatten - Sunnegga base station)

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
0 - 1 hrs
1.3 km
65 m
15 m
Gentle walk without gaining much altitude from the village but takes you out of the centre of town enough to feel you are in nature
Easy
Private
Riffelberg - Riffelalp (Mark Twain)

Riffelberg - Riffelalp (Mark Twain)

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
0 - 1 hrs
3.1 km
2 m
376 m
A beautiful hike through meadows and on the edge of the glacial moraine.
Moderate
Private
Riffelberg - Gornergrat (Sonnenweg)

Riffelberg - Gornergrat (Sonnenweg)

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
311 m
0 m
Hike past the famous Riffelsee to the Gornergrat Observatory
Moderate
Private
The 5-Lake path

The 5-Lake path

The Mischabel Range
1 - 2 hrs
5.7 km
469 m
68 m
Beautiful longer walk around the lakes between Sunnegga and Gornergrat
Moderate
Private
Furi - Schwarzsee (Larch Walk)

Furi - Schwarzsee (Larch Walk)

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
1 - 2 hrs
3.2 km
653 m
0 m
Beautiful but steep hike with a different of the Zermatt valley
Moderate
Private
Riffelalp - Zermatt (Arvenweg)

Riffelalp - Zermatt (Arvenweg)

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
0 - 1 hrs
3.1 km
0 m
552 m
A steeper forest walk - ideal on a hot day
Easy
Private