Trail running

Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Active"

This course makes a good introduction to mountain running: 19 km long, with 1,150 vertical metres of ascent and descent. The route leads through the mountains west of Zermatt, over the slopes of the Sunnegga and Gornergrat.

  • Type Trail running
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 1,25 h
  • Distance 20,1 km
  • Ascent 1150 m
  • Descent 1150 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 2288 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 Active race follows a beautiful route with long, wide-open expanses – the ideal circuit for beginners.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region, mostly west of the Vispa river
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga and Riffelalp
  • For spectators: start and finish in Zermatt
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer

Zermatt - Ried - oberer Höhenweg - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Blatten - Zermatt

Distance: 19 km
D+ 1,150 and D- 1,150

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