The hike to Hornli hut is very popular, but is also a very memorable and beautiful hike that is worth the effort.
The Hörnli Hut sits on the prominent ridge leading up to the Matterhorn. Dozens of people attempt the climb to the top of the mountain each morning, and this serves as their jumping off point, a sort of Matterhorn base camp. It is as high as you can hike on the Matterhorn without actually climbing it (over 10,000 ft), and makes for an unforgettable hike.
This is a very long hike from Zermatt. It is possible for strong hikers to walk the whole way, but there is a gondola from Zermatt to Schwarzsee that turns this into a much more moderate hike. Our suggestion is to take this gondola to Schwarzsee and back, since the Schwarzsee to Hörnli hut round trip is plenty for most people, and the uphill hike from Schwarzsee does not offer much in the way of views.
If you want a longer hike, the route down via Stafelalp is very nice and is described.
There are restaurants along the way at Schwarzsee, the hut itself, Stafelalp and Zmutt.
Hörnlihütte | Matterhorn
SicherheitshinweiseThe upper trail can be icy and slick in wet or cold conditions, so take extra care and remember that slushy patches tend to ice up later in the day.
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If it rains... This is not the hike to choose when you run into bad weather. It could be dangerous to attempt to hike to Hörnli hut if the weather’s bad - just don’t do it. If you get to Schwarzsee and don’t want to go up, the downhill hike to Stafelalp and Zmutt is still nice. Or you can follow signs from Zermatt for the direct trail to Zmutt and back. This starts at the south end of town and is a 6 ft wide, steady gravel trail, about an hour uphill to Zmutt.
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