Winter hiking

Schwarzsee-Stafel (Nr. 123)

This winter hike goes quite close to the Matterhorn and directly under the mighty North Wall.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,00 h
  • Distance 3,3 km
  • Ascent 0 m
  • Descent 384 m
  • Lowest point 2200 m
  • Highest point 2583 m


There is no other winter hike that takes one as close to the Matterhorn as this one does. The hike goes from Schwarzsee to Stafel with an altitude descent of 380 m. The constant companion at one’s side: The Matterhorn North Wall. Until now, it has presented a real challenge to Alpinists, and there are very few very experienced mountain climbers who have attempted it.

  • Idyllic chapel at Schwarzsee
  • Good view of the Matterhorn North Wall

Schwarzsee - Stafel

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 20)

Tip: The hike can be continued over Stafel-Furi.

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Don’t forget your camera! The north face of the Matterhorn makes for a fantastic photo.
  • 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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

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