Zermatt - Sunnegga (via Tiefenmatten)Winter hiking

From the centre of the village of Zermatt up into the mountain sunshine, under one’s own steam: that’s the essence of this bracing hike. A climb through the romantic, snow-blanketed forest accesses the open slopes leading to Sunnegga and glorious views.

Best season

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Description

The gnarled Swiss stone pines are heavily laden with snow; a cold winter breeze whispers around the naked branches of the larches. The snow crunches underfoot as the trail winds gently from Zermatt up to the heights. A longer, flat stretch reveals occasional views through the snow-covered trees of the Matterhorn and the village. In Findeln, numerous restaurants offer a wide range of gastronomic treats. Depending on time of day, the Tiefenmatten area can be cold and shady, while Sunnegga basks in sunshine. The climb of 900 vertical metres is sure to get hearts pumping!

  • Choice of restaurants at Findeln
  • Please observe any signs: the path may be closed because of various winter hazards.
Zermatt (station) - Tiefenmatten - Oberer Höhenweg - Findeln - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 15)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views in winter.

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.
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 medium
Distance 6.62 km
Ascent 852 m
Descent 181 m
Duration 2,45 h
Lowest point 1608 m
Highest point 2279 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Sunnegga (2'288 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent
  • Way cleared
  • Groomed snow surface

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