Matterhorn Ultraks Trail "16K"Trail running

This course makes a good introduction to mountain running: 16 km long, with 1,100 vertical metres of ascent and descent. The route leads through the mountains west of Zermatt, over the slopes of the Rothorn and Gornergrat.

Best season

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The Matterhorn Ultraks Trail races have taken place every August since 2012. The routes are devised so that non-runners also enjoy an impressive spectacle and can cheer on the competitors. The 16K race follows a beautiful route with long, wide-open expanses – the ideal circuit for beginners.

  • Circuit around the Zermatt region, mostly west of the Vispa river
  • For spectators: exciting viewpoints at Sunnegga and Riffelalp
  • For spectators: start and finish in Zermatt
  • For spectators: lift access (packages for friends of runners)
  • Option to help as a volunteer

Zermatt - Tiefenmatten - Sunnegga - Riffelalp - Blatten - Zermatt

Distance: 17 km

D+ 1,100 and D- 1,100

No compulsory equipment specifications are set by the organising committee.


  • Suitable footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof and long-sleeved shirt)
  • Mobile phone
  • Survival blanket

Refreshment stations are located along the route.

Please observe the Rules & Regulations of the Matterhorn Ultraks.

Map and arrival