Regional hiking trail

Wisshorn Trail (Nr. 32)

In Zermatt, many of the great attractions are on the doorstep – including this very attractive walk. Highlight: the view of the south-east face of the pyramid-shaped Weisshorn.

360° Panorama
  • Type Regional hiking trail
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 6,40 h
  • Distance 13,9 km
  • Ascent 1326 m
  • Descent 1326 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 2936 m

Description

This path, steep in parts, also includes a stretch through a small forest of larch. Once above the treeline, the vista is incomparable: Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Breithorn and an eagle’s-eye view of the village of Zermatt. Along the uppermost reaches of the trail, hikers can clearly see the droppings of the chamois that occasionally spend the night here.

  • Take care in spring and autumn: shady stretches of the path can be icy
  • Chance of spotting chamois and ibex
  • It takes from the village up to Trift approx. 2 h

Zermatt (station) - Schweifinen - Wisshorn - Trift - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 6h 20)

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

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
In the area called Schweifinen, you always go past large metal structures. These are the avalanche barriers used to protect that section of the village down below.
  • 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