Bike-Tour Rothorn - Zermatt

What a run! The downhill from Rothorn to Zermatt entails a vertical drop of 1,678 m. Top tip: stay relaxed and enjoy the ride!

360° Panorama
  • Type Mountainbiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 2,00 h
  • Distance 12,4 km
  • Ascent 18 m
  • Descent 1505 m
  • Lowest point 1609 m
  • Highest point 3092 m


This bike tour reveals the finest views Zermatt has for mountain bikers: the Matterhorn, lush alpine pastures, mountain forests and terrific trails. A dream that riders will want to relive time and again.

The hardcore variant is the trail in reverse – from Zermatt up the Rothorn. And the comfortable way up: the Rothorn cable car, reaching an altitude of 3,103 m.

  • Marmots and chamois nearby
  • Numerous variants

Rothorn - Blauherd - Sunnegga - Tufteren - Ried - Zermatt (Brücke zum Steg)

(The trail can also be ridden in the other direction, from Zermatt to Rothorn – some sections steep and difficult.)

Variant 1: Below the Rothorn, head towards Fluhalp and Lake Grindjisee, and from there to Blauherd back on the main trail.

Variant 2: Below the Rothorn, head towards Fluhalp and Lake Grindjisee, and from there via Moosjisee to Sunnegga and Zermatt.

Variant 3: Below the Rothorn, head towards Fluhalp and Lake Grindjisee, then towards Lake Grünsee and Riffelalp. At Riffelalp take the Gornergrat Bahn cog train to Zermatt.

Simple variant: Take the funicular to Sunnegga and from there ride via Tufteren and the Riedweg trail to Zermatt. Technically easy.

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and bell
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Map and arrival