Zermatt

Location: Valais

Zermatt Hiking Trails

View of the Matterhorn from the Holbalm Plateau
Hohbalm

Distance: 7.6 - 12.3 miles (Loop)

Magical views of the majestic Matterhorn along with a stunning panorama of the 4,000-meter peaks surrounding Zermatt make this our favorite hike in the area.

Close-up of the Weisshorn, Bishorn and Brunegghorn
Gruben to Jungen via Augstbord Pass

Distance: 8.2 miles (One Way)

One of my favorite hikes in the Valais is the steep, scenic climb over Augstbord Pass that leads to an overlook with stunning, panoramic views of the Bernese Alps and the high peaks surrounding the Mattertal (Matter Valley), home of Zermatt.

View of the peaks across the Saas Fee valley
Grachen to Saas Fee (Hohenweg Saas Fee)

Distance: 10.8 miles (One Way)

The Saas Fee Hohenweg is one of the great hikes in the Valais. The challenging trail follows a high route along the west side of the Saastal with stunning views of the peaks towering above the Saas Valley and the Bernese Alps to the north.

View of the head of the Zmutt Valley on the climb to Schonbielhutte
Schonbielhutte (Schonbiel Hut)

Distance: 13.7 miles (Round Trip)

Two great trails with terrific views of the Matterhorn from a variety of different perspectives, are combined to create a fantastic hike to Schonbiel Hut, sitting atop a scenic overlook at the head of the Zmutt Valley.

Monte Rosa, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux from the Gornergrat viewpoint
Gornergrat Loop

Distance: 7.0 - 8.5 miles (Loop)

Great views accompany almost every step of this hike leading to Gornergrat, a glorious overlook with panoramic views of 20 peaks over 13,000-ft/4,000-meters high.

Looking up at the Matterhorn from the spot just above the hut
Hornlihutte (Hornli Hut)

Distance: 5.6 - 10.5 miles (Round Trip)

The short, steep hike to Hornlihutte offers a unique, up-close opportunity to experience the iconic Matterhorn from the base of the most popular climber’s route to the summit.

The Matterhorn and Dent Blanche bookend the cirque at the head of the Zmutt Valley
Oberrothorn

Distance: 3.8 - 8.3 miles (Round Trip)

The second highest hiking trail in Europe leads to the top of the Oberrothorn (11,200-ft/3,414-meters) with splendid 360-degree views of 38 peaks over 13,000-ft/4,000-meters.

Approaching the Gorner Glacier Viewpoint
Gorner Glacier Viewpoint

Distance: 7.8 - 8.6 miles (Round Trip)

This delightful hike leads to an overlook with front row seats to the amazing spectacle of massive rivers of ice joining to form the Gorner glacier, the second largest glacial system in the Alps.

View from the meadows just beyond the Hotel du Trift
Trift

Distance: 4.5 miles (Round Trip)

This lovely hike climbs steeply up the beautiful Trift Gorge beside a gushing stream and through pretty meadows sprinkled with wildflowers to the head of the gorge surrounded by a gorgeous cirque of rugged peaks and glaciers.

Close-up of the Matterhorn
Zmutt Loop

Distance: 5.8 miles (Loop)

Pretty meadows, larch forests and nice views of the Matterhorn make this hike a good option for families and hikers looking for a good half day walk.

View of the Findel glacier from the top of the moraine
Findel Glacier Viewpoint

Distance: 5.4 - 8.3 miles (Round Trip)

This moderately-easy trail leads to a peaceful viewpoint with wonderful views of the Findel Glacier flowing down the slopes of the Cima di Jazzi. Along the way hikers enjoy splendid views of the Matterhorn.