Hiking trail

Direttissima (Nr. 4)

Yes, this path leads straight down to the village – as the name suggests.

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,20 h
  • Distance 4,5 km
  • Ascent 3 m
  • Descent 617 m
  • Lowest point 1602 m
  • Highest point 2216 m


This trail brings hikers straight from the wooded world of the alpine slopes into Zermatt village. The idyllic path leads through mixed larch forest, at times over a soft floor of larch needles (caution, slippery surface), but also across mini-pastures with small barns known as “Gädi” in the local dialect. The small clearings in the woods are delightful spots to pause, relax and enjoy the fresh forest air.

Tufteren - Patrullarve - Tiefenmatten - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
As the path emerges from the forest, pause to enjoy the sweeping view to the left with the Matterhorn.
  • 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.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival