This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.
A new balcony stage at the foot of high summits separating the Zermatt and Saas Fee valleys.
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.
Leave Europahutte heading north (D) and keep heading in that direction, the path rotates along a track that follows elevation bends slightly uphill and down.
Go around several ridges (1) and thalwegs (2) reaching the small Grathorn summit (3) after a long walk over a rocky track. Go through the forest then a long downhill hike towards Gasenreid (4), end of the hike by foot.
Catch the postal bus to Saint-Niklaus (6), that's it for today.
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.02 - alt. km 2.02
2 : km 3.47 - alt. km 3.47
3 : km 9.53 - alt. km 9.53
4 : km 13.17 - alt. km 13.17
A : km 15.1 - alt. km 15.1
Water available in the streams, preferably purified first.
As indicated in the description, the hike ends at Gasenheid and the bus then takes you to Saint Niklaus. There is a trail linking the two villages but of no real significance, in order to complete the hike within 10 days we chose this option and will carry on so during the next stages.
This trail appears as a straight line on the overall route for simplicity reasons.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Saint Niklaus, meaning Nicolas is a quaint village approaching Zermatt valley.
First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.
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.
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.
The next stage to this mountain hike with a stop at Saint-Luc then a transfer by postbus to Zinal.
A Tour du Cervin alternative today, visiting the north side of the colossal peak before reaching Zermatt.
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).
Beautiful mountain stage going through a pass by the name of Augstbordpass.
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.
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