GamswegregionalHikingTour

The Gamsweg (Chamois Path) offers walkers a good chance of spotting these beautiful wild animals.

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Description

Zermatt is at the heart of one of Switzerland’s biggest wilderness areas, home to many chamois. Depending on season, walkers may spot mothers with their kids, perhaps also young male chamois or even a whole herd. It’s worth allowing plenty of time to stop along the way and observe them.

Some of the animals may be resting on the ground, which makes them all but invisible to the untrained eye. Hikers who stop to scan the rocky outcrops and alpine pastures carefully should soon make them out.

  • Alpine flora: Edelweiss (a protected plant)
Rothorn - Kumme - Tufteren

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 40)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera / Telephoto
Stay on path to avoid disturbing the animals.

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.

Caution! In spring the path may not be passable because of snow.

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 medium
Distance 5,8 km
Ascent 42 m
Descent 918 m
Duration 1,50 h
Lowest point 2213 m
Highest point 3089 m

Starting point of the tour:

Rothorn (3'103 m)

Destination of the tour:

Tufteren (2'215 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)
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GPS-Track (.gpx)