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


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.


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.
  • 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