Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "16K"Trail running

This course makes a good introduction to mountain running: 16 km long, with 1,100 vertical metres of ascent and descent. The route leads through the mountains west of Zermatt, over the slopes of the Rothorn and Gornergrat.

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Description

The Matterhorn Ultraks Trail races have taken place every August since 2012. The routes are devised so that non-runners also enjoy an impressive spectacle and can cheer on the competitors. The 16K race follows a beautiful route with long, wide-open expanses – the ideal circuit for beginners.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region, mostly west of the Vispa river
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga and Riffelalp
  • For spectators: start and finish in Zermatt
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer
Zermatt - Tiefenmatten - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Blatten - Zermatt

Distance: 16 km

D+ 1,100 and D- 1,100

No compulsory equipment specifications are set by the organising committee.

Recommended:

  • Suitable footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof and long-sleeved shirt)
  • Mobile phone
  • Survival blanket

Refreshment stations are located along the route.

Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.
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 16.92 km
Ascent 1239 m
Descent 1239 m
Duration 1,25 h
Lowest point 1609 m
Highest point 2279 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Round tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights

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Tour map (PDF)
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GPS-Track

More infos

http://www.ultraks.com/en/


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