Findel Glacier Viewpoint

Distance: 5.4 - 8.3 miles (round trip)

near Zermatt in Valais

View of the Findel glacier from the top of the moraine

View of the Findel glacier from the top of the moraine

 

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. (full description)

  • Distance: 2.7 miles (one way) to Findel Glacier Viewpoint
    8.3 miles (round trip) to Complete Hike back to Zermatt
  • Elevation: 8,457-ft. at Trailhead
    9,217-ft. at Findel Glacier Viewpoint
    9,217-ft. at Complete Hike back to Zermatt
  • Elevation Gain: 892-ft. to Findel Glacier Viewpoint
    -3,723-ft. to Complete Hike back to Zermatt
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • Basecamp: Zermatt
  • Region: Valais

Why Hike Findel Glacier Viewpoint

This hike leads to a lovely overlook with captivating views of the Findel Glacier, a massive river of ice spilling west down the slopes Cima di Jazzi on the Swiss/Italian border between the Strahlhorn and Rimpfishhorn, to the north, and the Stockhorn, to the south. Terrific views of the iconic Matterhorn, standing apart on the horizon to the west, are your constant companion during much of the moderately-easy hike.

The day starts with a funicular ride to Sunnegga followed by scenic gondola whisking you to Blauherd. Here the hike heads east ascending through pretty meadows past the Stellisee, which perfectly reflects the Matterhorn on its mirror-like surface.

Before reaching the viewpoint climb up and walk along the knife-edge crest of the glacier’s moraine wall with great views of the Findel Glacier and the rugged trench dug by the receding river of ice. A final steep haul leads to a grassy knoll overlooking the huge icefield blanketing the Cima Di Jazzi and cascading in motionless waves down the flanks of the peaks to the valley floor. To the west the Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and Ober Gabelhorn massif dominate the skyline.

On a sunny day the overlook is a great spot for a picnic. Not many people travel this far up the valley so you are likely to experience a level of solitude not found at the other viewpoints around the Zermatt valley.

A good trail system allows hikers on the return journey the option of walking to Blauherd or Sunnegga to catch a lift back to Zermatt. Energetic parties looking for a longer day can follow one of several trails descending steeply through meadows and larch forests to Winkelmatten and Zermatt.

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Elevation Profile Findel Glacier Overlook

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