The Gornergletscher Over the Course of Time
This hike leads to the dramatic rugged terrain of the lower Gorner glacier. During the last 150 years, it has retreated by over 3,000 m. Anyone interested in climate change can witness the process of a major glacier melting every step of the way.
- Type Theme trail
- Difficulty medium
- Duration 2,45 h
- Distance 7,4 km
- Ascent 433 m
- Descent 433 m
- Lowest point 1826 m
- Highest point 2158 m
(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2 h 45)
- Good footwear
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
- Smartphone: QR codes on the information boards provide additional information; in French and Italian as well.
The Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis shows mountain reliefs where the glaciers in the area around Zermatt are clearly visible.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
- 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.
- Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
Caution: We strongly advise that you do not go to the tongue of the glacier on your own. There are many dangers to be found in the area around the end of a glacier: rushing water, glacier sheering, invisible glacier ice under the rubble that could break, etc. If you would like to go near the glacier, you must go with a mountain guide (Alpin Center).