Downhill RouteMountainbiking

The downhill trail from Sunnegga high above Zermatt takes 15 minutes. 15 minutes of adventure, fun and gravity, a thrilling descent for riders with good technical skills.

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Description

It’s hard to believe it can take just 15 minutes to descend more than 500 vertical metres. Riders eager to know their exact time can borrow a stopwatch free of charge from the Sunnegga-Rothorn valley station. Sensors buried along the course allow bikers to track their intermediate times as well.

The Sunnegga funicular carries riders and their bikes in just a few minutes to the start of the freeride and downhill trails with plenty of challenges: passages, tight corners, steeps, drops, jumps, roots. Only for top-class, 100% gravity-oriented riders who love playing with weight and weightlessness.

  • Stopwatches for borrowing
  • Clear route markings
  • Level of difficulty indicated with 1–3 Matterhorns
  • Safety padding at difficult passages
Sunnegga - Haueten

(Ride ends with descent of Riedstrasse road to the village)

We recommend:
  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell and additional protective clothing
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • 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.
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 hard
Distance 3,1 km
Ascent 29 m
Descent 576 m
Duration 0,15 h
Lowest point 1732 m
Highest point 2281 m

Starting point of the tour:

Sunnegga (2'288 m)

Destination of the tour:

Hauten

Properties:

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

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Tour map (PDF)
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GPS-Track (.gpx)