|Starting point:||Blauherd (Zermatt–Rothorn)|
|Getting to the starting point:||Railway from (Brig/Visp) Randa to Zermatt, funicular railway to Sunegga and gondola chair lift to Blauherd|
|Back from the destination:||Rack-and-pinion railway from Riffelalp to Zermatt|
|Difference in elevation:||Ascent 240 m, descent 600 m|
|Hiking time:||2h 35m|
|Season:||June to October|
|Note: Restaurants Blauherd, Fuhalp, Grüensee and Riffelalp|
If you want to go up high, you must first pass below. The trip from the fashionable resort of Zermatt to Blauherd (2571m) takes place underground with the funicular railway to Sunnegga. The cableway however negotiates the last few metres of the ascent with panoramic views.
In summer a veritable traveller's paradise unfolds in beautiful mountain scenery from here. Surrounded by gigantic peaks and with the most photographed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn, always in sight, this hike is a classic that runs past Lake Stelli, Lake Grindji and Lake Grüen, past the moraine of the Findelen glacier and two hours later to Riffelalp.
A rewarding route without any major climbs and descents, it charms the hiker with its phenomenal mountain views and excellent opportunities to stop off for refreshments. Very adventurous visitors may risk a dip in the crystal-clear, ice-cold waters of Lake Grüen before taking the Gornergrat Railway from the Riffelalp back to Zermatt.
There and backArriving: Funicular railway to Sunegga, cableway to Blauherd
Returning: Train from Riffelalp Here the Gornergrat train waits to take you back to Zermatt through a spectacular panorama.
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.