Trail running

Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "Sky"

This race pushes the fittest and toughest endurance athletes to the limit: 49 km long, 3,600 vertical metres of ascent and descent, and plenty of challenging terrain. A contest without mercy for diehard runners.

  • Type Trail running
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 4,45 h
  • Distance 50,1 km
  • Ascent 3600 m
  • Descent 3600 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 3130 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 Sky course follows a breathtaking route with extended open stretches as well as high summits. It’s an ideal course for athletes who can run fast on a technically challenging course complete with a gruelling climb up to 3,100 m on the Gornergrat. Only a true champion can master this circuit, the cult course of the Matterhorn Ultraks Trail contest.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Riffelalp, Schwarzsee
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer

Zermatt - Ried - oberer Höhenweg - Sunnegga - Gornergrat - Riffelalp - Furi - Schwarzsee - Stafel - Trift - Schweifinen - Zermatt

Distance: 49 km
D+ 3,600 and D- 3,600

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