AHV - Weg / unterer HöhenwegWinter hiking

This winter trail promises peaceful relaxation in the snow-blanketed forest. It offers glimpses of three parallel worlds: the village, mountain forest and the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway.

Best season

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Description

The trail climbs gently to a level where the views alternate between lush woodland and the rooftops of Zermatt. But the AHV-Weg (“Pension Path”) is by no means intended only for older walkers. It leads from the Winkelmatten chapel up to the tracks of the Gornergrat Bahn: a good chance to see the working mechanism of a rack-and-pinion railway close up. The trail then flattens out; below, to the left, lie the hotels and houses of Zermatt, offering an occasional glimpse of an interior. Finally the path leads into the snow-blanketed forest, and an atmosphere of tranquil wintry seclusion.

  • For children from age 4
  • Suitable for pulling sledges
  • Beautiful larch woods
  • Steps back down to the village
Winkelmatten (chapel) - along the path: AHV-Weg / Unterer Höhenweg - Schönegg

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views in winter.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty easy
Distance 2.16 km
Ascent 81 m
Descent 110 m
Duration 1,0 h
Lowest point 1649 m
Highest point 1741 m

Starting point of the tour:

Winkelmatten (1'650 m)

Destination of the tour:

Schönegg (1'680 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Way cleared
  • Groomed snow surface

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