Multi-day hike

Monte Rosa Trek

The ultimate hike including glacier crossing in the Matter valley – home to the highest peaks in the Alps and surrounded by imposing glaciers. 

  • Type Multi-day hike
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 22,00 h
  • Distance 54,2 km
  • Ascent 2834 m
  • Descent 3512 m
  • Lowest point 1605 m
  • Highest point 3158 m


From the Alpine metropolis of Zermatt through larch forests, along various high-altitude trails, past the most beautiful mountain lakes and over the mighty Gorner Glacier to the architecturally unique Monte Rosa Hut. This is the four-day Monte Rosa Trek - a highlight among experts. The start and end of the trek are in Zermatt.



Day 1: Ascent via Sunnegga, Tufternalp to the Täsch Hut at 2,701 m

Day 2: Via the Pfulwe to Grindjesee lake and Grünsee lake to the Mountain Lodge ze Seewjinu at 2,300 m

Day 3: Ascent to the Gornergratsee lake, via Rotenboden and glacier trekking over the mighty Gorner Glacier to the Monte Rosa Hut at 2,882 m

Day 4: Glacier trekking over the mighty Gorner Glacier and via Rotenboden, Riffelsee lake, Dossen and the suspension bridge Furi back to Zermatt

We recommend:

  • Good 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

The trek can be booked as a package with or without guided glacier trekking (third and fourth day).

  • 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