Tour MatterhornLong distance hiking trail

This is the ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn. The tour begins in Randa and leads anticlockwise around the pyramid-shaped peak, revealing the iconic mountain’s many different facets.

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A tour de force for expert and fit hikers with extensive experience of the high mountains. 60 hours of hiking, 13,000 vertical metres and 148 effective kilometres: a supreme adventure! The route leads high and low, via countless famous locations: Zinal in the Val d’Anniviers, Lac de Moiry, Arolla, Haut Glacier d’Arolla, Col Collon. And then into Italy: Lago Place Moulin, Tola, Torrente Marmore and Breuil/Cervinia, Zermatt’s neighbouring resort, familiar to skiers. The trail finally leads back into Switzerland via the Theodul Pass and the Theodul Glacier.

  • The Matterhorn from all sides
  • Circuit of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and Matterhorn
  • Wide variety of villages with different mountain cultures
  • Tour through Switzerland and Italy
  • Numerous operators in Switzerland and Italy feature this tour as a guided trek in their programmes

1. Randa - Topali (7h)

2. Topali - Jungu (6h)

3. Jungu - Gruben / Turtmann valley (5h 15)

4. Gruben - Zinal (6h 20)

5. Zinal - Les Haudères - Arolla (10h)

6. Arolla - Prarayer (8h 40)

7. Prarayer - Valtournenche / Breuil (8h 30)

8. Valtournenche / Breuil - Theodul (4h 15)

9. Theodul - Zermatt (3h 45)

Variant: Zermatt –Europa hut (6h 35) und Europa hut - Grächen (5h 30)

Note: A section of the Europaweg trail is currently closed. Please check the latest info at this website:

Another trail section currently closed because of rock fall is Tufteren - Täschalp. Alternative: Fluhalp - Pfulwe - Täschalp (white-blue markings, for experienced alpine hikers only).

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

Additional equipment for glacier crossings: crampons, climbing harness, 1 rope per group of 4, suitable clothing

Reservations recommended at mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages .

The mountain landscape along the Tour Matterhorn is known for its breathtaking panoramas, attractive mountain villages and wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station) in Randa.
  • 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.

Important! This is a demanding alpine trek; stages may include glacier traverses. We therefore recommend the services of a mountain guide with local knowledge.

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.
There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.
By train to Randa: less than 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 Randa.
"Der Matterhorn-Trek", in 9 Etappen um den Berg der Berge, Iris Kürschner, AT-Verlag. Deutsch. "Matterhorn-Rundweg", Iris Kürschner, Stein Verlag. Deutsch. "Tour Matterhorn – rund um den Berg der Berge", Remo Nanzer, Rotten Verlag Visp. Deutsch.
A hiking map with marked route (1:50,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with a tour guide containing details of each stage, advice on equipment and other information useful for preparing a trek.

Map and arrival





Difficulty hard
Distance 148,9 km
Ascent 12177 m
Descent 11979 m
Duration 60,0 h
Lowest point 1405 m
Highest point 3311 m

Starting point of the tour:

Randa (1'439 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


  • Stage tour
  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Ridge
  • Ridge crossing


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