Zermatt - Zmutt (via Bielti)Winter hiking

This winter hiking trail from Zermatt to Zmutt leads via a shady and secluded little spot near the destination of Furi – something of a hidden secret!

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The walk passes the last houses at the end of the village of Zermatt before climbing gently towards Zmutt. But hikers soon turn off this path, down to the left, in the direction of Zum See / Bielti. The air is fresh and healthy and the sun shines brightly – until the trail enters shady and rather steeper terrain. The route leads across the Zmutt-Bach river and up to the houses of Zum See, later on reaching the agricultural road coming down from Stafel. It then follows the road along the shady, north-facing slope up the valley. In order to cross the Zmutt-Bach a second time, the trail leads gently downhill, before climbing up the other side to the sunny hamlet of Zmutt.

  • Choice of restaurants at Zum See and Zmutt
Zermatt (Zen Stecken) – Zum See – Bielti – Zmutt

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 1h20)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Plan departure time carefully – in the afternoon it becomes shady early in Bielti.

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

Status of the tour:





Difficulty medium
Distance 3,8 km
Ascent 410 m
Descent 109 m
Duration 1,40 h
Lowest point 1620 m
Highest point 1949 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zmutt (1'936 m)


  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Way cleared
  • Surface neigeuse damée


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

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