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Stafel-Schönbiel Hut Bike Tour (Nr. 26)

Mountain Bike · Zermatt
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  • The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    / The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Nik Wicki
  • / The view of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Beat Habegger
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The Schönbielhütte is a popular starting point for hiking tours in the area. However, it’s much easier to reach by bike, rather than on foot. The view from the hut of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.
difficult
Distance 6.3 km
1:40 h
520 m
21 m

After Stafelalp, a gravel path heads to a power plant. The path then goes left past the plant and opens out into a narrow trail. The landscape is different here – trees give way to an emptier landscape. The bike trail heads along the moraine of the Zmutt glacier. This section of the route is quite steep, but passable for experienced bikers. You soon reach the the last section of the the route. This bit is so steep that you will need to push your bike up to the hut. However, after taking a break, the descent makes it all worthwhile.

There are two ways of reaching Stafel - you can either go from the village, or Furi, to Stafel or take the Matterhorn Express to Schwarzsee and then head down the gravel path to Stafelalp.

  • This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike.

Author’s recommendation

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: December 07, 2020
Difficulty
S2 difficult
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Highest point
Schönbielhütte, 2,694 m
Lowest point
Stafel, 2,199 m
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Rest Stop

Schönbielhütte
Stafelalp 2200m

Safety information

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

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

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Stafel (2,199 m) (2,197 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'619'247E 1'094'788N
DD
46.004378, 7.687098
DMS
46°00'15.8"N 7°41'13.6"E
UTM
32T 398347 5095371
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Destination

Schönbiel Hut (2,694 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stafel - Schönbiel Hut

Variant 1: Zermatt - Furi - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut
Variant 2: Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut

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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
2'619'247E 1'094'788N
DD
46.004378, 7.687098
DMS
46°00'15.8"N 7°41'13.6"E
UTM
32T 398347 5095371
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

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Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
1:40 h
Ascent
520 m
Descent
21 m
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