This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.
A Tour du Cervin alternative today, visiting the north side of the colossal peak before reaching Zermatt.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start heading down due north until you get to the Matterhorn trail crossing (D). Take a left down a path which remains pretty much flat until Furggsee Lake (1).
Then go down a slight hill towards Hirli gondola lift upper station (2). Head east bypassing Scharzsee Hamlet Lake , you'll come across another gondola lift, take the trail to the left. Cross the Hirli gondola lift line near high point 2500 (3). Carry on, heading west before taking the trail to the right leading to Hirli lower station (4).
After several twists and turns, walk along a large path reaching a trail crossing which leads to Zmuttbach River dam (5).
Take this trail which is on the left, cross over the dam and take the trail to the right leading to Zmutt village (6), reaching an access ramp towards Tour du Cervin.
Take the ramp (7) leading to Zermatt and the Youth Hostile (8), and that's it for today.
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.77 - alt. km 0.77
2 : km 3.69 - alt. km 3.69
3 : km 5.86 - alt. km 5.86
4 : km 7.88 - alt. km 7.88
5 : km 9.19 - alt. km 9.19
6 : km 10.74 - alt. km 10.74
7 : km 11.77 - alt. km 11.77
8 : km 13.98 - alt. km 13.98
A : km 15.56 - alt. km 15.56
Lots of water found in the streams, be careful as the water comes straight from the glaciers and could cause digestive unpleasantness.
A break at one of the several Zmutt refreshment bars is a must for 2 reasons:
- there's a stunning view of the northern side of the Cervin
- complete with the opportunity to enjoy a local drink.
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Zmutt, it's chalets and lanes, a small gem at the foot of the Cervin.
Zermatt, it's shops and anything relating to this hot spot for mountaineers. And the finishing touch has to be the electric cars, but be careful... you don't hear them coming.
So here's the last stage of this itinarary and what a stage! A delightful climb reaching Hannigalp to find the well-known balcony trail overlooking the valley leading to Saas Fee.
An easy climb reaching part of Zermatt ski slopes, extending to an uphill-downhill balcony trail leading to the famous Europahutte (Hut).
Watch out: The Himalayan footbridge just before Europahutte is currently out of service. You'll need to head down to Randa valley along the second blue marked trail on the map before heading back up to the hut (allow for 2 extra hours).
The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.
Today's stage is divided into three: from Gruben to Jungu by foot, Jungu to Saint-Niklaus by cable car and Saint-Niklaus to Grachen by coach.
A long stage through two passes however, shortened by the cable car link in Zinal and the coach transfer between Villa Evolène and Arolla.
Warning: Taking into account the cable car transport, the positive altitude isn't 2156 m as indicated but only 1380 m.
Discover the giant that resides here, the splendid Matterhorn itself, before getting a closer look in the evening at the Gandeg cabin.
Stage starting in pasture which quickly heads into the high mountains passing through the Valcornera pass.
A long climb to Torrent Pass before reaching Moiry Lake, then Saint-Luc by bus, Tignousa by cable car and finally Bella Tola by foot.
Think about correcting the distance indicated by points (5) et (6) : you need to deduct 10 km.
Undertaken over 10 days, this circuit around the Matterhorn is outstanding. Each day it takes you over the 4000 m peaks of this alpine range. As it is located in 2 countries, Italy and Switzerland, it also brings you into contact with three European languages: Italian, German and also French in Valais in Switzerland.
Warm-up walk to reach the Prarayer refuge along the right bank of the lake.
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