Alpine trail

Platthorn / Mettelhorn (Nr. 33)

Both mountains, the Mettelhorn and the Platthorn, reveal totally unexpected views to the west: the summit of the Wellenkuppe with its wave of snow, and the Ober Gabelhorn with its dramatic rocky ridges.

360° Panorama
  • Type Alpine trail
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 5,20 h
  • Distance 11,4 km
  • Ascent 1961 m
  • Descent 700 m
  • Lowest point 1605 m
  • Highest point 3405 m


This demanding trail into tranquil nature rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the village and the many 4,000-metre peaks around. The glacier on the Platthorn and Mettelhorn has retreated considerably. Here, caution is required: When climbing the Mettelhorn, the hiking trail crosses part of the glacier. Proper equipment (crampons or spikes - depending on the condition of the glacier) is essential.

Towering over the upper part of the Triftchumme, below the Furgghorn (3,392 m), are the Böse Tschuggen, which means “evil cliffs” in the local dialect. Geographical features acquire their names for good reason.

  • Information at the Bergasthaus Trift hotel: find out about current risk situation!
  • Nearby: eagle’s eyrie
  • Abundant wildlife including chamois

Zermatt (station) - Alterhaupt (Edelweiss) - Trift - Furgji - Platthorn - Mettelhorn

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 3h 10)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Depending on the conditions crampons
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are needed

Please contact the Trift Berggasthaus for the most up-to-date information on trail conditions.


It is worthwhile taking a couple of souvenir photographs, because the view from the Mettelhorn is beautiful: Under one is the village of Zermatt and under the other is the Mattertal. Almost within reach are also the two four thousand-metre Zinalrothorn (4,221 m) and the Weisshorn (4,506 m).

  • 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.

Note: Pay careful attention to weather and tour length. Take special care on wet paths and wet terrain.

Map and arrival