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Monte Rosa Trek

Long Distance Hiking · Zermatt
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  • The Monte Rosa Hut
    The Monte Rosa Hut
    Photo: Gabriel Perren, Zermatt Tourismus
m 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 50 40 30 20 10 km Täschhütte SAC Monte Rosa Hütte Farmerhaus Grindjisee Sunnegga Grünsee Riffelsee Täschalp Furri
The ultimate hike including glacier crossing in the Matter valley – home to the highest peaks in the Alps and surrounded by imposing glaciers. 
difficult
Distance 54.2 km
22:00 h
2,834 m
3,512 m
3,158 m
1,605 m

From the Alpine metropolis of Zermatt through larch forests, along various high-altitude trails, past the most beautiful mountain lakes and over the mighty Gorner Glacier to the architecturally unique Monte Rosa Hut. This is the four-day Monte Rosa Trek - a highlight among experts. The start and end of the trek are in Zermatt.

 

Author’s recommendation

The trek can be booked as a package with or without guided glacier trekking (third and fourth day).

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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: May 10, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
3,158 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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Track types

Asphalt 1.58%Dirt road 3.22%Nature trail 16.26%Path 62.38%Road 1.06%Traces 15.46%
Asphalt
0.9 km
Dirt road
1.7 km
Nature trail
8.8 km
Path
33.8 km
Road
0.6 km
Traces
8.4 km
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Rest stops

Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Täschhütte SAC
Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu
Monte Rosa Hütte
Les Marmottes
Aroleid Restaurant
Furri
Farmerhaus
Zum See

Safety information

  • 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.

Important! This is a demanding alpine trek; stages may include glacier traverses. We therefore recommend the services of a mountain guide with local knowledge.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.* The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

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Start

Sunnegga (2,288 m) (2,286 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'625'682E 1'096'208N
DD
46.016939, 7.770248
DMS
46°01'01.0"N 7°46'12.9"E
UTM
32T 404806 5096664
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stages:

Day 1: Ascent via Sunnegga, Tufternalp to the Täsch Hut at 2,701 m

Day 2: Via the Pfulwe to Grindjesee lake and Grünsee lake to the Mountain Lodge ze Seewjinu at 2,300 m

Day 3: Ascent to the Gornergratsee lake, via Rotenboden and glacier trekking over the mighty Gorner Glacier to the Monte Rosa Hut at 2,882 m

Day 4: Glacier trekking over the mighty Gorner Glacier and via Rotenboden, Riffelsee lake, Dossen and the suspension bridge Furi back to Zermatt

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

 

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

 

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

 

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'625'682E 1'096'208N
DD
46.016939, 7.770248
DMS
46°01'01.0"N 7°46'12.9"E
UTM
32T 404806 5096664
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and water

Additional equipment for glacier crossings: crampons, climbing harness, 1 rope per group of 4, suitable clothing


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
54.2 km
Duration
22:00 h
Ascent
2,834 m
Descent
3,512 m
Highest point
3,158 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Cableway ascent/descent Insider tip

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