Furi - StafelWinter hiking

This winter hike from Furi to Stafel is best for early risers: the route is sunniest in the mornings.

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In the afternoon, the second part of the walk is already in shadow. The start of the path in Furi, however, is sunny; the view back down to Zermatt shows hikers that they have already climbed a fair way, thanks to the gondola. The gentle route then follows the agricultural road to Stafel. The trail is mostly shady, but relaxing; the cold air has a calming effect. The path climbs steadily. At Stafel, the mighty north face of the Matterhorn dominates the scene; often, a cold, piercing wind blows, but happily, hikers have the chance to stop for a warming drink or meal.

  • Restaurant in Stafel
Furi - Stafel

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

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
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 4,9 km
Ascent 442 m
Descent 114 m
Duration 1,40 h
Lowest point 1864 m
Highest point 2201 m

Starting point of the tour:

Furi (1'867 m)

Destination of the tour:

Stafel (2'200 m)


  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Mountain railway ascent/descent
  • Way cleared
  • Surface neigeuse damée


Tour map (PDF)
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GPS-Track (.gpx)

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