This walk is part of the trek The Matterhorn Tour.
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).
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.
Locate the Tour du Cervin trail in Zermatt, head east and rapidly gain the forest (D). The trail gently weaves through to the ski area and the lower station at the place called Patrullarve (1).
Leave the station to the left heading down a trail due east then north. Once you get to Tufternhutte you'll come to a joint trail "Tour du Cervin - Europaweg" (2). Stick to this level trail all the way to Ottafe Village (3).
Before the village, cross the stream and head north-west, first flat, then slightly downhill then through a forest (4) above Tasch Village. A scree splits the forest up: you can cross easily through the tunnel, a headlamp is useful at this stage. Shortly after, the slope gets steeper and once you get out of the forest the huge himalayan footbridge (5) comes into sight, crossing the valley stretching from two summits, Gross Haupt and Chli Haupt.
Cross it, start a short hike down, then another uphill, reaching Europahutte (6) and that's it for today.
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.5 - alt. km 0.5
2 : km 1.97 - alt. km 1.97
3 : km 3.63 - alt. km 3.63
4 : km 8.61 - alt. km 8.61
5 : km 10.73 - alt. km 10.73
6 : km 15.95 - alt. km 15.95
A : km 16.78 - alt. km 16.78
Water supplies at the Ottafe fountains.
Watch out the Himalayan footbridge that we crossed was put in service in 2010. It replaces the tunnels that were used to cross this area where landslides are frequent. There are rumours of a landslide which may have damaged the footbridge, therefore having to cross using the downstream trail.
If you have any recent information regarding this, please let me know.
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Zermatt and other villages in the valley:
- Tasch where atmospheric engine cars stop,
- Randa, where a huge landslide isolated the upper valley for several months.
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.
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.
First phase in the Saint-Luc skiing area before heading along the Tour de Cervin trail and completing the stage at Gruben.
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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