Winter hiking

Zermatt-Sunnegga (via Winkelmatten) (Nr. 112)

This Zermatt walk is a wintery idyll, offering sunshine, the romance of the forest, snow-capped peaks, gastronomic treats and a breathtaking view.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 2,00 h
  • Distance 3,7 km
  • Ascent 641 m
  • Descent 33 m
  • Lowest point 1672 m
  • Highest point 2288 m


When the view is this beautiful, a hike up into the mountains is doubly enjoyable. After Winkelmatten, the trail enters the protected forest above Zermatt and begins climbing through the dappled woods - there’s plenty of light, as larches lose their needles in winter. Now and again, walkers have a clear view of the Matterhorn. Above the treeline, the trail traces a route across sunlit snowy landscapes.

In Findeln, walkers are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants; it’s a real gourmet Mecca. After a stop for refreshment, the trail winds along and across the ski piste up to Sunnegga.

  • Wolli’s park for beginners at the Leisee (for young skiers)
  • Leisee Shuttle funicular offers an alternative to a winter hike

Winkelmatten (chapel) - Findeln - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 30)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Walkers should make sure they’ve checked the time of the last Sunnegga funicular of the day.
  • 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