Tour Monte Rosa - MatterhornLong distance hiking trail

This tour around the Monte Rosa massif is one of the finest long-distance hikes in the Alps. Requirements: fitness and stamina.

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The view into the different valleys in Switzerland and Italy is unforgettable. Hikers see not only the highest and most beautiful mountains in the Alps, but also mountain villages with different cultures and of incomparable character. The stage destinations are well-known: Zermatt, over the Theodul Pass to Cervinia, Alagna, Macugnaga, and back into Switzerland via the Monte Moro Pass, to Saas-Fee and Grächen.

The route leads anticlockwise around the Monte Rosa massif, an endlessly fascinating world of rock and ice.   Hikers also make a complete circuit of the Mischabel peaks and the 4,000-metre summits of the Nadelgrat ridge. A thrilling adventure that is simply unforgettable!

  • Tour card with certificate and annual competition
  • High above the Matter valley: glorious views of the Matterhorn

1. Zermatt – Theodul Pass (5h 25)

2. Theodul Pass - St-Jacques (5h 30)

3. St-Jacques - Gressoney (4h 15)

4. Gressoney - Gabiet - Alagna (6h 20)

5. Alagna - Macugnaga (8h)

6. Macugnaga / Staffa - Saas-Fee (8h 55)

7. Saas-Fee - Grächen (6h 25)

8. Grächen – Europa hut (6h 20)

9. Europa hut - Zermatt (6h 10)

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 Täschalp - Tufteren. Alternative: Täschalp - Pfulwe - Fluhalp (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

Reserve mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages in advance.

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.

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).
„Tour Monte Rosa Matterhorn – auf Walserspuren um das Monte Rosa-Massiv“, Remo Nanzer, Rotten Verlag Visp, Deutsch. EAN: 9783907624210.
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 162,5 km
Ascent 13094 m
Descent 13094 m
Duration 58,0 h
Lowest point 1149 m
Highest point 3290 m

Starting point of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)


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


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