ALONg the Matterhorn glacier trail
A HIKING EXPERIENCE BETWEEN ROCK AND ICE IN SUMMER
The trail leads to the phenomena of glacier retreat. It shows what the glacier leaves behind as it retreats. The conditions it creates for flora and fauna and how man uses the glacier's legacies. Every now and then a little nappy can be felt blowing down from the glacier. A cold kiss of the eternal ice. It smells of snow, ice, stone, water and pure mountain air.
A few steps further and you reach Restaurant Schwarzsee. As a reward for your efforts you may like to treat yourself to one of the home-made Swiss specialities, ideally on the sun terrace. Restored after your meal and recovered from your walk, you can take the easy way back to Zermatt – by gondola lift.Details
AN ENCHANTING SNOWSHOE TOUR IN WINTER
The snowshoe tour along the Matterhorn glacier Trail is without a doubt one of the most beautiful experiences in the winter wonderland of Zermatt’s Alpine world. Accompanied by a qualified guide, you make your way along a route from Trockener Steg (2939 metres) to Schwarzsee (2583 metres).
Ahead of you lies an unspoiled winter world as you trace your tracks in the snow, climbing past the Theodul Glacier lake until you reach an isolated plateau. Time seems to stand still there. The world is peaceful, a soft blanket of snow covers the ground.
One after another, Alpine giants rise up at your side: the Matterhorn, the Dent Blanche and the Gabelhorn. A little further in the direction of the Matterhorn the path turns down towards Schwarzsee. Once the idyllic lake and the little “Maria zum Schnee” chapel appear, you are almost at your destination.