This is the ultimate hike around the world’s most beautiful mountain, the Matterhorn. The tour begins in Randa and leads anticlockwise around the pyramid-shaped peak, revealing the iconic mountain’s many different facets.
- Type Long distance hiking trail
- Difficulty hard
- Duration 60,00 h
- Distance 148,9 km
- Ascent 12177 m
- Descent 11979 m
- Lowest point 1405 m
- Highest point 3311 m
1. Randa - Topali (7h)
2. Topali - Jungu (6h)
3. Jungu - Gruben / Turtmann valley (5h 15)
4. Gruben - Zinal (6h 20)
5. Zinal - Les Haudères - Arolla (10h)
6. Arolla - Prarayer (8h 40)
7. Prarayer - Valtournenche / Breuil (8h 30)
8. Valtournenche / Breuil - Theodul (4h 15)
9. Theodul - Zermatt (3h 45)
Variant: Zermatt –Europa hut (6h 35) und Europa hut - Grächen (5h 30)
- Good, sturdy 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
Reservations recommended at mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages .
The mountain landscape along the Tour Matterhorn is known for its breathtaking panoramas, attractive mountain villages and wealth of fauna and flora.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station) in Randa.
- 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.