Gornergrat - Zermatt

The legendary downhill run from Gornergrat to Zermatt offers everything that mountain bikers could wish for, including fabulous views and a trail full of variety.

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Description

From Gornergrat, the route leads down via gravel paths and mountain lanes, along single-track trails and field ways, past alpine pastures, hamlets and mountain lakes. Each sparkling mountain pool has a character all of its own.

  • Gornergrat: observation platform
  • Grünsee: good for a refreshing swim
  • From Ried, a completely new and magnificent view of the Matterhorn
Gornergrat - Riffelberg - Riffelboden - Grünsee - Moosjisee - Sunnegga - Tufteren - Ried - Zermatt (Brücke zum Steg)

(The trail can also be ridden in the other direction, from Zermatt to Gornergrat – some sections steep and difficult, and in places riders have to push or carry their bikes.)

Variant 1: From Riffelboden, riders can continue descending as far as Riffelalp, to catch the cog train either down to Zermatt or back up to Gornergrat.

We recommend:
  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink
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).
  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.
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 19.73 km
Ascent 206 m
Descent 1693 m
Duration 3,0 h
Lowest point 1609 m
Highest point 3080 m

Starting point of the tour:

Gornergrat (3'089 m)

Destination of the tour:

Zermatt (1'620 m)

Properties:

  • Single trail/Free ride
  • Nice views
  • Geological highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Botanical highlights
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent

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