Long distance hiking trail

Tour Monte Rosa - Matterhorn

This tour around the Monte Rosa massif is one of the finest long-distance hikes in the Alps. Requirements: fitness and stamina.

  • Type Long distance hiking trail
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 58,00 h
  • Distance 167,5 km
  • Ascent 10838 m
  • Descent 10848 m
  • Lowest point 1149 m
  • Highest point 3293 m

Description

The view into the different valleys in Switzerland and Italy is unforgettable. Hikers see not only the highest and most beautiful mountains in the Alps, but also mountain villages with different cultures and of incomparable character. The stage destinations are well-known: Zermatt, over the Theodul Pass to Cervinia, Alagna, Macugnaga, and back into Switzerland via the Monte Moro Pass, to Saas-Fee and Grächen.

The route leads anticlockwise around the Monte Rosa massif, an endlessly fascinating world of rock and ice.   Hikers also make a complete circuit of the Mischabel peaks and the 4,000-metre summits of the Nadelgrat ridge. A thrilling adventure that is simply unforgettable!

  • Tour card with certificate and annual competition
  • High above the Matter valley: glorious views of the Matterhorn

Stages:

1. Zermatt – Theodul Pass (5h 25)
2. Theodul Pass - St-Jacques (5h 30)
3. St-Jacques - Gressoney (4h 15)
4. Gressoney - Gabiet - Alagna (6h 20)
5. Alagna - Macugnaga (8h)
6. Macugnaga / Staffa - Saas-Fee (8h 55)
7. Saas-Fee - Grächen (6h 25)
8. Grächen – Europa Hut (6h 20)
9. Europa Hut - Zermatt (6h 10)

 

Current Note: Due to rockfall, the section of "Flüewald - Taflüe - Herbriggen" remains closed. A diversion in Mattsand is signposted. Please follow the marking signs on spot.

We recommend:

  • 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

Reserve mountain huts and accommodation in mountain villages in advance.

The mountain landscape along the Tour Matterhorn is known for its breathtaking panoramas, attractive mountain villages and wealth of fauna and flora.

  • 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.

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