Nearly Touching the Matterhorn

Zermatt

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Air

Zermatt: Kirche

Zermatt: Kirche

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Blatten: Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Blatten › Nord: Zermatt, Zmutt

Blatten › Nord: Zermatt, Zmutt

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Zmutt

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Zmutt

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Zermatt: Zermatt, Kirchbrücke

Hotel Bristol › Süd: Matterhorn

Hotel Bristol › Süd: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Rothorn paradise

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Edelweiss

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt: Parkhotel Beau-Site

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Stafel: Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Aroleid

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt: Weisshorn

Zermatt › Süd: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Zermatt › Süd: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt: Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Alphitta

Blatten › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Alphitta

Trockener Steg › Süd

Trockener Steg › Süd

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Kirchenplatz

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt

Zermatt

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Ried: Zermatt, Findeln

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Stafel: Matterhorn

Stafel: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Zermatt: Brücke zum Steg

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Ried: Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Gornergletscher

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt: Wollipark Sunnegga

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg

Blatten: Zermatt, Trockener Steg

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt: Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Stafel › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Stafelalp

Stafel › Süd: Zermatt, Restaurant Stafelalp

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Ried: Air Zermatt - Heliport

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt: Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt › Süd-West: Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Oberhäusern

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Ried: Zermatt, Fluhalp

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Zermatt: Gornergrat - Riffelberg

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

Blatten: Gornergrat, Zermatt - Gornergrat, Gornergrat - Matterhorn

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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