Hiking trail

Riffelalp Trail (Nr. 20)

This pleasant walk leads through the forests of Zermatt with their larches and Swiss stones pines: an adventure for all the senses.

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,30 h
  • Distance 4,2 km
  • Ascent 26 m
  • Descent 562 m
  • Lowest point 1664 m
  • Highest point 2226 m


This path leads mainly through typical mountain forest. At times, it reveals views of the Matterhorn and the green rise of the Schafberg, where the gondolas of the Matterhorn Express glide up to the heights. With the warmth of the sunshine, the trees – gnarled Swiss stone pine trees and arrow-straight larches – release a soothing scent. Whenever a breeze blows, the sound of rustling pine and larch needles fills the air.

Anyone seeking relaxation or an opportunity for quiet contemplation will enjoy the pure air and mountain light, the scent of resin and of the forest floor, and the whispering of the trees.

  • Nature reserve: roe deer may be seen.
  • Chance to spot nutcrackers, typical birds of the mountain forests

Riffelalp - Ritti - Moos - Winkelmatten (chapel)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 10)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Riffelalpweg”.

We recommend:

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

You find the highest tramway in Europe at Riffelalp. The railway leads through Alpine pine and larch tree forests. Just once consciously inhale the scent of forests.

  • 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.

Map and arrival