Long distance hiking trail

Matterhorn Tour

This is the ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn. The tour begins in Randa and leads anticlockwise around the pyramid-shaped peak, revealing the iconic mountain’s many different facets.

  • Type Long distance hiking trail
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 60,00 h
  • Distance 142,7 km
  • Ascent 10651 m
  • Descent 10456 m
  • Lowest point 1407 m
  • Highest point 3334 m

Description

A tour de force for expert and fit hikers with extensive experience of the high mountains. 60 hours of hiking, 13,000 vertical metres and 148 effective kilometres: a supreme adventure! The route leads high and low, via countless famous locations: Zinal in the Val d’Anniviers, Lac de Moiry, Arolla, Haut Glacier d’Arolla, Col Collon. And then into Italy: Lago Place Moulin, Tola, Torrente Marmore and Breuil/Cervinia, Zermatt’s neighbouring resort, familiar to skiers. The trail finally leads back into Switzerland via the Theodul Pass and the Theodul Glacier.

  • The Matterhorn from all sides
  • Circuit of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and Matterhorn
  • Wide variety of villages with different mountain cultures
  • Tour through Switzerland and Italy
  • Numerous operators in Switzerland and Italy feature this tour as a guided trek in their programmes

Stages:

1. Randa - Topali (7h)
2. Topali - Jungu (6h)
3. Jungu - Gruben / Turtmann valley (5h 15)
4. Gruben - Zinal (6h 20)
5. Zinal - Les Haudères - Arolla (10h)
6. Arolla - Prarayer (8h 40)
7. Prarayer - Valtournenche / Breuil (8h 30)
8. Valtournenche / Breuil - Theodul (4h 15)
9. Theodul - Zermatt (3h 45)

Variant: Zermatt – Europa Hut (6h 35) und Europa Hut - Grächen (5h 30)

We recommend:

  • Good, sturdy footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water

Additional equipment for glacier crossings: crampons, climbing harness, 1 rope per group of 4, suitable clothing

Reservations recommended at mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages .

The mountain landscape along the Tour Matterhorn is known for its breathtaking panoramas, attractive mountain villages and wealth of fauna and flora.

  • 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.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Important! This is a demanding alpine trek; stages may include glacier traverses. We therefore recommend the services of a mountain guide with local knowledge.

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