Climate Audio Trail Theme trail

Zermatt’s Klimahörpfad (climate audio trail) leads high into the world of the glaciers and mountains. Audio guides reveal fascinating insights into the climate.

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Description

First step is to collect audio guides before taking the Gornergrat Bahn cog train to Rotenboden. From here, the trail leads across the Gorner glacier to the Monte Rosa hut (2,883 m). The hike of about four hours allows plenty of time to listen to nine stories about the climate, each lasting about five minutes.

  • Visitors can also listen to the climate stories on the train ride to the Gornergrat (without doing the hike)
  • Audio guides in German, English and French (deposit: CHF 50)
  • The guides can also be downloaded onto smartphones as a podcast, from klimahoerpfad.ch
Rotenboden - Monte Rosa hut (route across glacier marked with flags)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 4h)

We recommend for the Klimahörpfad (climate audio trail):
  • Audio guide (available with deposit from Zermatt Tourism, Gornergrat Bahn station or Alpin Center). Also available as podcast.
  • Good footwear
  • Crampons
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are all needed

The route leads across the Gorner glacier. This has changed a great deal in recent years. Recommended: book a mountain guide.

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).
  • 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.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Important! Difficulty level T4 – the route is difficult. Glacier traverse. Unsuitable for inexperienced mountain hikers. We recommend the services of a mountain guide. Return hiking time 7-8 hours.

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).
A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty hard
Distance 7.35 km
Ascent 526 m
Descent 464 m
Duration 4,0 h
Lowest point 2548 m
Highest point 2887 m

Starting point of the tour:

Rotenboden (2'815 m)

Destination of the tour:

Monte Rosa-Hütte SAC (2'883 m)

Properties:

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

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Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth
GPS-Track

More infos

myclimate with the Podcasts

Guided tours from the Alpin Center Zermatt