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
Place to eat: Schwarzsee, Stafelalp, Trift, Edelweiss, Zermatt
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.
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.