Winter hiking

AHV - Weg / unterer Höhenweg

This winter trail promises peaceful relaxation in the snow-blanketed forest. It offers glimpses of three parallel worlds: the village, mountain forest and the Gornergrat Bahn cog railway.

  • Type Winter hiking
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 1,00 h
  • Distance 2,1 km
  • Ascent 81 m
  • Descent 110 m
  • Lowest point 1649 m
  • Highest point 1741 m


The trail climbs gently to a level where the views alternate between lush woodland and the rooftops of Zermatt. But the AHV-Weg (“Pension Path”) is by no means intended only for older walkers. It leads from the Winkelmatten chapel up to the tracks of the Gornergrat Bahn: a good chance to see the working mechanism of a rack-and-pinion railway close up. The trail then flattens out; below, to the left, lie the hotels and houses of Zermatt, offering an occasional glimpse of an interior. Finally the path leads into the snow-blanketed forest, and an atmosphere of tranquil wintry seclusion.

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • Suitable for pulling sledges
  • Beautiful larch woods
  • Steps back down to the village
Winkelmatten (chapel) - along the path: AHV-Weg / Unterer Höhenweg - Schönegg

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

We recommend:
  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather
Take time for a stop and rest at one of the benches along the path while enjoying the view of the Matterhorn and the village.

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