Trail running

Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "30K"

This course demands a great deal of effort, even though endurance athletes regard it as “medium” distance. Runners cover a total of 31.5 km, with ascents and descents of 1,950 vertical metres.

  • Type Trail running
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 3,05 h
  • Distance 31,7 km
  • Ascent 1950 m
  • Descent 1950 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 2583 m


The Matterhorn Ultraks Trail races have taken place every August since 2012. The routes are devised so that non-runners also enjoy an impressive spectacle and can cheer on the competitors.

The 30K race takes place over a medium-distance course through the glorious mountain landscape around Zermatt. Leading along footpaths, it features the suspension bridge at Furi, 90 m above the Gornerschlucht gorge – an impressive moment for runners.

  • Circuit on the south and west sides of the Zmutt and Vispa valley
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga, Riffelalp and Schwarzsee
  • For spectators: start and finish in Zermatt
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer

Zermatt - Tiefenmatten - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Furi - Schwarzsee - Chalbermatten - Zmutt - Zermatt

Distance: 31.5 km

D+ 1,950 and D- 1,950

No compulsory equipment specifications are set by the organising committee.


  • Suitable footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof and long-sleeved shirt)
  • Mobile phone
  • Survival blanket

Refreshment stations are located along the route.

Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.

Map and arrival