Leg 8 follows the Europaweg, a smooth single track trail above the Matter Valley. This is a fast-moving stage leading you towards the Matterhorn and Zermatt.
Distance 26.6 km
After the adventures of the day before, this eighth leg takes place over several kilometres of gently sloping single track. Start with a steep climb from Randa, then follow the path to the Europaweg and across the Charles Kuonen Bridge, which at 494 metres is the longest suspension bridge in the world. Continue on the Europaweg, which undulates along the Matter Valley and allows you to see more of the Matterhorn with every step. Make sure you stop at the Täsch mountain pasture for a snack before continuing on your way. A steeper slope leads you to Blauherd, with ski lifts providing access to numerous hikes and viewpoints. Head for the Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu via the Stellisee and the Grünsee, and enjoy a good shower and a hot meal.
Check your watch. You might be surprised how many verticals meters you conquered while running all day.
Blauherd, 2,593 m
Randa, 1,403 m
Best time of year
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at your own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
For all trails:
Use marked trails only, and take note of all signposting – for both your own safety as well as that of grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
Close gates after passing through.
Please treat other trail users, as well as the plants and animals, with respect.
For mountain trails:
Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at high altitudes. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
Plan your trail carefully: take the fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season into consideration.
Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In case of uncertain weather conditions, turn back in good time.
Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
Take note of warning signs indicating the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.
From Randa, the route angles through Jungholz and climbs to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, before following the Europaweg through Täschalp pasture towards Zermatt. A climb to the Blauherd lift station takes you to the highest point on the route and to select the best trails to return to Stellisee and Grünsee before arriving at Mountain Lodge Ze Seewjinu.
For the 1st Stage Via Valais : Take the train to Martigny station, then to Le Châble. Take a first gondola lift between Le Châble and Verbier, then a second one from Verbier to Les Ruinettes in order to get to the start of the trail.
For the 1st Stage Via Valais : Take the A9/E62 motorway to Martigny, then continue on the Grand-Saint-Bernard/route 21 via Sembrancher to Le Châble. It is advisable to use public transport however as this is a multi-leg route that ends in Zermatt.
For the 1st Stage Via Valais : 240 free parking spaces are available at the Le Châble Aerial Cableway station for a maximum of 10 days.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Randa will provide information regarding trail running in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
1:50’000 : 5003 Mont Blanc – Grand Combin
1:50’000 : 5006 Matterhorn – Mischabel
Weather-appropriate clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket