Winter hiking

Zermatt - Furi (via Zum See)

This winter hiking trail leads more or less straight from Zermatt to Furi – in theory, at least. But is that really the best option? Because along the way a question arises, one that is fairy crucial in Zermatt…

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,00 h
  • Distance 2,4 km
  • Ascent 263 m
  • Descent 25 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 1865 m


Allow plenty of time for this walk – including for a restaurant stop en route. In fact every moment is worth savouring. But let’s start at the beginning. After the last houses at the end of the village of Zermatt, the winter hiking trail starts climbing gently. The air is fresh and healthy, the sun is shining. Soon, in the forest, the Zmuttbach river appears, its boulders wearing hats of snow. At Zum See, the question arises: time for a restaurant stop? Or wait till the end of the walk at Furi?

  • Appropriate for children from age 6
Zermatt (Zen Stecken) - Zum See - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 45 min)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Take a walk through the historic hamlet of Zum See. There was even an important mule trail passing through here. It went over the Theodul Glacier and is listed in the inventory of historic travel routes of Switzerland (IVS).

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.

Map and arrival