Winter hiking

Winkelmatten - Zermatt (via Blatten)

This winter hiking trail leads initially through the forest at Moos and then via the hamlet of Blatten back to the village. But take note, this walk is worth planning carefully.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,30 h
  • Distance 3,5 km
  • Ascent 191 m
  • Descent 238 m
  • Lowest point 1620 m
  • Highest point 1775 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 in Winkelmatten, the trail enters the winter forest near Moos, a place of fairy-tale charm. The air is fresh and healthy, the sunshine sparkles in the thin forest. First question: time for a restaurant stop?

Soon, the path leads under the gondolas of the Matterhorn Express. The bridge over the Gornera Gorge offers an arresting view of the glittering icicles and the cliffs glazed with ice. In Blatten, it’s worth stopping for a quick look in the chapel. Time for that question again: how about relaxing for a while at a restaurant?

  • Appropriate for children from age 6
  • Baroque chapel in Blatten: “Mary, Queen of the Rosary”
Winkelmatten (chapel) - Moos - Blatten - Zermatt (Zen Stecken)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 20)

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
You will cross a wooden bridge before heading up to Blatten. Take a moment to look down, because the water often forms impressive ice walls.

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