Zermatt MarathonTrail running

The Zermatt Marathon is one of the finest running events in the Alps. Start in St. Niklaus, finish in Zermatt – with the option of racing all the way to the top of the Gornergrat.

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For the marathon, ultra marathon, marathon relay and half marathon alike, the number of places is always limited. It’s therefore advisable to register early. The half marathon from Zermatt up the Riffelberg is also highly popular.

  • Annual, at the beginning of July
  • Marathon relay with 2 runners
  • Special “mobile grandstand” train from St. Niklaus to Zermatt
  • Option to help as a volunteer
  • Entertainment and fair-style atmosphere on the Bahnhofplatz by Zermatt station
Marathon:  Eie (St. Niklaus) - Mattsand - Herbriggen - Randa - Täsch - Zermatt - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga - Grünsee - Riffelalp - Riffelberg (total of 42.195 km and 500 vertical metres)

Ultra marathon: marathon course to Riffelberg, plus Riffelberg - Gornergrat (additional 3.4 km and 514 vertical metres)

Half marathon: Zermatt - Riffelberg (total 21 km, 1,944 m ascent and 444 m descent)

Marathon relay: marathon course run in teams of two. 1st runner St. Niklaus - Zermatt, 2nd runner Zermatt - Riffelberg
We recommend:
  • Suitable footwear
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water, if desired (there are also refreshment stations along the route)
Please observe the Regulations of the Zermatt Marathon.
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 42 km
Ascent 2433 m
Descent 942 m
Duration 3,5 h
Lowest point 1085 m
Highest point 2584 m

Starting point of the tour:

St. Niklaus(1'116 m)

Destination of the tour:

Riffelberg (2'582 m)


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


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

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