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Zermatt: Hiking and mountaineering at the foot of the Matterhorn

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For many people living in and visiting the Alps, hiking in Zermatt is the most attractive summer activity among the mountain peaks. Matterhorn summer paradise has 400 kilometres of marked hiking trails. Easy family hikes are just as possible as daredevil high mountain tours, vertical fixed rope routes and dizzying passages in the Alps.

The Matterhorn is your constant companion – the awesome legend and the region’s most popular photo motif.

What you experience on such a hike is a secret of the mountains. Nature is a constant source of surprises, whether it be a rare flower that springs from the earth beside the path or a marmot spotted in the distance, other hikers you meet along the route or a rustic mountain hut that you come across at just the right moment. Or a crystal-clear mountain lake, enticing you in for a refreshing dip.
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Hiking in Zermatt

The hiking trails around Zermatt are numerous, varied and diverse. Everyone will find their own favourite trail and numerous magic places along the way.

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Themed hiking trails for the curious

The nine fascinating themed hiking trails in Zermatt are a highly educative experience – the Five Lakes Walk, for example, which is great combined with a refreshing dip in Grünsee or Leisee. Or the Marmot Trail, which offers sightings of Alpine marmots, making it a particular family favourite.

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An overview of Zermatt's hiking trails

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Hiking and mountaineering on the Matterhorn

If it weren’t for mountaineering, Zermatt would not be what it is today. The guilty party responsible for this is none other than the Matterhorn. You’re sure to have heard of the legend of the Matterhorn. A popular starting point for many mountain tours is Matterhorn glacier paradise, Europe’s highest mountain station at 3,883 metres.

 

Breithorn ascent

The Breithorn tour is just made for all those who wish to breathe the air on a four-thousand-metre peak. Complete with mountain guide, climbing harness and crampons, the courageous conquer the peak which towers to a proud height of 4,164metres. The view of 38 Alpine giants is something you have to see for yourself.

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Fixed rope routes around Zermatt

Gorge Adventure

Traversing the Gorner Gorge. Included: roaring water, abseiling, himalaya bridges and cableways.

Schweifinen via ferrata (fixed-rope route)

The motto is “Above the rooftops of Zermatt”. Three routes (duration depending on degree of difficulty between 1 and 3.5 hours)

  • A (easy): from ten years of age, with break at the Beresina hut
  • B (medium): tricky – the smooth overhanging wall is for experienced climbers only
  • C (medium/difficult): you need to be fit, 791 metre altitude difference, several dizzying passages
     

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Discover the flora of Zermatt

Make every hike an opportunity to discover the flora of Zermatt. Did you know that there are seven species endemic to the area? (These are plants that occur nowhere in the world but here.) Snow wormwood is one of them. If you’re lucky, you’ll see it on your way.

App tip: With the Flower Walks app on your smartphone you have a collection of 800 plant species from the whole of Switzerland to help you identify the plants you see on your hike.
 

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Zermatters

Zermatters, also known as the Zermatt Alpine Centre, provides experienced mountain guides for safe tours lasting one or more days in the Swiss Alps. Well-equipped professionals will even guide you to the top of the Matterhorn.

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Lodge at Matterhorn glacier paradise

In the lodge on the Klein Matterhorn guests sleep directly beneath the stars. And the next day they set off full of vim and vigour on a high-mountain tour.

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Have you heard the call of the Matterhorn? Book your hiking trip to the Matterhorn now! The team at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG will be glad to provide all the support you need.