Bike-Tour Zermatt - RiffelalpMountainbiking

This bike trail reveals a beautiful and highly diverse mountain landscape around Zermatt. The route leads through forests, across alpine pastures and up to former glacial landscapes.

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The route is a must for anyone mountain biking in Zermatt for the first time. Fresh, healthy mountain air, fabulous views – including of the Matterhorn, from the most beautiful angle. The trail leads through mountain forests and past alpine lakes.

  • Plenty of opportunities to relax
  • Two short and gentle descents
  • Return from Riffelalp on the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway
Zermatt (Brücke zum Steg) - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga - Moosjisee - Grünsee - Riffelboden - Riffelalp

(followed by a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn to Zermatt or returning along the same route via Riffelboden, etc.)

We recommend:
  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Map and arrival





Difficulty medium
Distance 16,8 km
Ascent 971 m
Descent 372 m
Duration 3,0 h
Lowest point 1609 m
Highest point 2384 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Riffelalp (2'211 m)


  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent


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