Platthorn / Mettelhorn

Both mountains, the Mettelhorn and the Platthorn, reveal totally unexpected views to the west: the summit of the Wellenkuppe with its wave of snow, and the Obergabelhorn with its dramatic rocky ridges.

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Description

This demanding trail into tranquil nature rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the village and the many 4,000-metre peaks around. The glacier on the Platthorn and Mettelhorn has retreated considerably; here, caution is required.

Towering over the upper part of the Triftchumme, below the Furgghorn (3,392 m), are the Böse Tschuggen, which means “evil cliffs” in the local dialect. Geographical features acquire their names for good reason.

  • Information at the Bergasthaus Trift hotel: find out about current risk situation!
  • Nearby: eagle’s eyrie
  • Abundant wildlife including chamois
Zermatt (station) - Alterhaupt (Edelweiss) - Trift - Furgji - Platthorn / Mettelhorn

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 3h 10)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are needed

Pay careful attention to weather and tour length. Take special care on wet paths and wet terrain.

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

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.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
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).
A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty hard
Distance 8.50 km
Ascent 1838 m
Descent 156 m
Duration 5,20 h
Lowest point 1608 m
Highest point 3320 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Mettelhorn (3'406 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour of the Peaks
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights

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