Nearly Touching the Matterhorn

Zermatt

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt, Edelweiss

Zermatt, Edelweiss

Zermatt, Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt, Brücke zum Steg

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt

Zermatt

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Weisshorn

Weisshorn

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Zermatt - Wallis, Schweiz

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Air Zermatt - Heliport

Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt, Fluhalp

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Apart from actually climbing the Matterhorn, there is hardly a more difficult hike in this area than the one leading from the Schwarzsee to Zermatt, passing by Trift and the Trift Gorge. But the effort is well worth it:singular vistas are the hiker's steady companion and an especially impressive part of the hike is that the Matterhorn seems close enough to touch.

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Technical information

Starting point: Mountain station Schwarzsee.
Destination: Center of Zermatt.
Take the aerial cable-car from Zermatt to Furi and continue to Schwarzsee (black lake).
Walking time: 6 h 40 min
Season: July through October
Altitude difference: 600 m ascent and 1600 m descent
Condition: difficult
Place to eat: Schwarzsee, Stafelalp, Trift, Edelweiss, Zermatt

Description

The first 1000 meters of altitude difference are easy: take the two aerial cable-cars from Zermatt to Schwarzsee via Furi. The Matterhorn seems close enough to touch but in fact, this mountain's peak would be another 2000 meters of sheer ascent! In the beginning, follow the directional signs to Stafelalp, then to Arben. Here the trail switches to the other side of the mountain and leads to Trift. Here,there is a mountain restaurant, also used by mountain climbers who climb Mts. Ober Gabelhorn and Zinalrothorn. The steep trail down to Zermatt eventually follows a botanical trail, which was inaugurated in 1997.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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