Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "2VK"Trail running

This course represents a thrilling challenge for super-fit runners: 14 km long, nearly 2,000 vertical metres and some tricky terrain. A race for hardened athletes who nonetheless prefer to take care of their joints.

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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 2VK course leads from Zermatt up the Gornergrat. Not along the cog railway line, but climbing below the Ritzengrat ridge, crossing over to the Hohtälli area and reaching the Gornergrat from behind, as it were. Whoever reaches the summit is guaranteed a loud cheer!

  • Route with very steep climbs in places
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoint at Sunnegga
  • For spectators: the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway leads to the finish line at the summit
  • Option to help as a volunteer
Zermatt - Tiefenmatten - Sunnegga - Kelle - Gornergrat

Distance: 14 km

D+ 1,927 and D- 250

No compulsory equipment specifications are set by the organising committee.


  • 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.

For runners: the earlier competitors register, the lower the fee.

For spectators: packages for friends of runners.
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





Difficulty hard
Distance 14,4 km
Ascent 1968 m
Descent 484 m
Duration 2,0 h
Lowest point 1611 m
Highest point 3109 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Gornergrat (3'089 m)


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


Tour map (PDF)
Google-Earth (.kml)
GPS-Track (.gpx)

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