Winter hiking

Furi - Stafel

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

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,40 h
  • Distance 4,9 km
  • Ascent 442 m
  • Descent 114 m
  • Lowest point 1864 m
  • Highest point 2201 m


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.
Furi - Stafel

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

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Look carefully for a 74 m high curved dam wall at Zmutt. This holds back the waters of the Zmutt Glacier and the Zmutt stream.

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.

Map and arrival