Surviving in winterWinter hiking

The winter walk from Blauherd to Fluhalp is perfect for soaking up the sun.

Best season

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Description

In winter, this must be the sunniest trail in Zermatt. It maintains a more or less steady altitude of 2,500 m, following first a track and then a path towards Fluhalp. It’s well worth taking the time to read the information panels en route, which describe the survival strategies of the animals that spend the winter here. Marmots, for example, hibernate in family burrows; their body temperature sinks to 5° Celsius, and their hearts beat just ten times a minute.

  • Children from age 4
  • “Surviving in winter” theme trail
  • Chamois may be observed grazing on the slopes
Blauherd - Fluhalp (along the theme trail “Surviving in winter”)

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

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
In case of avalanche risk, check that the trail is open (information panels at the lift station).

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).
"Themen erwandern in Zermatt", Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, Eigenverlag, Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, ISBN 978-3-905756-68-5. Erhältlich bei den Zermatt Bergbahnen AG im Shop auf Matterhorn glacier paradise, via E-Mail info@matterhornparadise.ch oder per Telefon auf +41 (0)27 966 01 01.

Map and arrival

Condition 

Technique 

Experience 

Landscape 

Difficulty easy
Distance 2,2 km
Ascent 116 m
Descent 72 m
Duration 1,0 h
Lowest point 2523 m
Highest point 2612 m

Starting point of the tour:

Blauherd (2'571 m)

Destination of the tour:

Fluhalp (2'616 m)

Properties:

  • Nice views
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Tour route
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Way cleared
  • Groomed snow surface

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GPS-Track (.gpx)


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