Challenge Trail (Nr. 141)

This snowshoe trail leads close to the Gornergrat Bahn railway line from Gornergrat down to Rotenboden. Snow, sunshine and a magnificent mountain panorama with the Matterhorn promise a memorable hike.

  • Type Snowshoeing
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 1,00 h
  • Distance 1,7 km
  • Ascent 1 m
  • Descent 267 m
  • Lowest point 2815 m
  • Highest point 3089 m


Especially after fresh snowfall, this walk promises pure pleasure. Hikers following the leisurely trail barely notice the descent of about 300 vertical metres, so beautiful are the mountain vistas – taking in the Matterhorn, Klein Matterhorn, Breithorn and other peaks. Railway enthusiasts are also in for a treat, with fine views of the cog trains of the Gornergrat Bahn as they twist prettily and almost silently through the snow-blanketed landscape.

  • From Gornergrat, set off left of the railway line
  • Unusual route away from the ski pistes
  • Pink markers approx. every 100 m along the route
  • Photo subjects: Gornergrat Bahn cog railway and mountain panorama
  • Stay on marked trail to avoid disturbing wildlife
  • Guided tours bookable through the Zermatters

Gornergrat - Rotenboden (on the left side of the railway line)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 30)

We recommend:

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

If you have not had enough of snowshoe hiking, you can continue along the Panorama Trail to Riffelberg.

  • 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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

The snowshoe trails can be tackled without a mountain guide. Beware: they are not prepared in any way and are not controlled daily; nor are they secured from natural hazards such as avalanches or rockfalls. For safety, check the weather forecast and current avalanche bulletin.
All snowshoeing is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Map and arrival