Winter hiking

Zermatt-Sunnegga (via Tiefenmatten) (Nr. 115)

Climbing from the centre of the village of Zermatt up into the mountain sunshine, under one’s own steam - that’s the essence of this bracing hike. After the romantic, snow-blanketed forest, you are greeted with glorious views at Sunnegga.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 2,45 h
  • Distance 7,1 km
  • Ascent 704 m
  • Descent 33 m
  • Lowest point 1608 m
  • Highest point 2279 m


The Swiss pines are heavily laden with snow; a winter breeze whispers through the bare branches of the larches. The snow crunches underfoot as the trail winds gently from Zermatt up to the heights. A longer, flat stretch reveals occasional views through the snow-covered trees of the Matterhorn and the village. In Findeln, numerous restaurants offer a wide range of gastronomic treats. Depending on time of day, the Tiefenmatten area can be cold and shady, while Sunnegga basks in sunshine.

  • Please observe the signs, as the path may be closed due to various winter hazards.

Zermatt (station) - Tiefenmatten - Oberer Höhenweg - Findeln - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 15)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Just before you turn onto the path heading to Findeln, you pass along a section of the trail close to the cliff face secured by ropes and a handrail. Be brave; the view is worth it.
  • 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.

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