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Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill Bike Tour (Nr. 22)

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The route comprises the climb from Zermatt to Sunnegga. At Sunegga there is access to many other bike routes. Alternatively you can also use the route to descend to Zermatt.
Distance 8.6 km
1:30 h
663 m
6 m
2,288 m
1,620 m

If you want to get active or dispense with rail travel, you can choose the “Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill” for the journey to Sunnegga. The route starts in the village and first follows the asphalted road to Restaurant Ried, then continues on the Schotterstrasse through fragrant larch forests and on the Kiesstrasse.

If you are familiar with the ski slopes in winter, you will recognise where you are from Patrullarve.  The route is sometimes steep, but the ascent is worth it. Just below Sunnegga you break through the edge of the forest and the mountain panorama, including the Matterhorn, suddenly opens up before you.

At Sunnegga there are lots of opportunities to connect to other bike routes in practically every direction. There is something to suit everyone - a fun descent on the Sunnegga Flowtrail (F2), gourmet delights in Findeln, continuation of the route to the Riffelalp and so on.

  • It is also feasible as an easy valley descent in the opposite direction.
  • Connection to lots of other routes
  • Lots of refreshment stops
  • Easier on an e-bike

Author’s recommendation

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: April 13, 2021
S0 moderate
Highest point
Sunnegga, 2,288 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1,620 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Buffet Bar Sunnegga

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


Zermat (1,620 m) (1,605 m)
2'623'963E 1'096'947N
46.023648, 7.748083
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
32T 403102 5097436


Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga


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.


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”.


2'623'963E 1'096'947N
46.023648, 7.748083
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
32T 403102 5097436
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Mandy Thronicker
August 16, 2017 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour in einer tollen Landschaft und immer wieder sehr schöne Blicke zum Matterhorn. Nur das letzte Stück geht auf einer normalen Forststraße hinab.
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S0 moderate
8.6 km
1:30 h
663 m
6 m
Highest point
2,288 m
Lowest point
1,620 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route


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