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Zermatt Höhbalmen Loop

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  • View of the ironic Matterhorn
    / View of the ironic Matterhorn
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / A flock of blacknose sheep
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
  • / View of the Matterhorn
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus
m 3000 2500 2000 1500 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Photopoint Bänklein auf Höhbalmen Weiler Herbrigg Bethaus Trift Wasserfall Arben Edelweiss Weiler Zmutt
Enjoy an exceptional view of the Matterhorn from this loop which combines a particularly steep start with a long singletrack above the Zermatt valley.
difficult
Distance 20.1 km
4:25 h
1,204 m
1,204 m
Starting from Zermatt, follow one of the Edelweissweg or Höhbalmen marked trails. The route begins with a demanding ascent through the gorge to Trift. After this point, continue on a slope that gradually becomes gentler as you approach Höhbalmen and look out over the Matterhorn to the other side of the valley. Continue on a fairly smooth single track that runs along the hillside, then go down along the Arbenbach waterfalls before turning in the direction of Zmutt. When going through this small village, take the path overlooking the valley to make your way back to Zermatt. Cross green pastures and meander through larch forests before reaching the village of Zermatt.

Author’s recommendation

Take a seat for a moment on the little bench in Höhbalmen and enjoy the view.
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Schwarzläger, 2,746 m
Lowest point
Zermatt, 1,605 m
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Rest Stop

Edelweiss
Edelweiss Hütte

Safety information

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.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination:

Start

Zermatt (1,605 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'963E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023636, 7.748082
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403102 5097435
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Destination

Zermatt

Turn-by-turn directions

From Zermatt, a steep trail leads to the Restaurant Edelweiss and continues up to Trift. The path to Höhbalmen runs along the hillside, high above the length of the valley with incredible views of the Matterhorn. Next drop down to Zmutt and continue to where you started in Zermatt. 

Zermatt - Restaurant Edelweiss - Trift - Höhbalmen - Zmutt - Zermatt

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Visp station, followed by the Glacier Express to Zermatt.

Getting there

From Visp, follow the Talstrasse to Täsch, where a shuttle train will take you to Zermatt, as the village is closed to traffic.

Parking

Parking is available in Täsch at the train station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'623'963E 1'096'946N
DD
46.023636, 7.748082
DMS
46°01'25.1"N 7°44'53.1"E
UTM
32T 403102 5097435
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Zermatt tourist office offers information regarding trail running in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps : 1:50000 : 284T Mischabel / 5028T Monte Rosa - Matterhorn

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • Good footwear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • Hat or peak cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking poles

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Rating

5.0
(1)
Arlen Schmidt
August 28, 2020 · Community
Pretty tough. Very steep start from Zermatt to Trift. Moderately steep between Trift and Höhbalmen. Terrain downhill down to Z’mutt can be tricky in places and risk of rolled ankle and/or fall (both happened to me, though no major damage). Can pick up some time from Z’mutt down to Zermatt. Overall 2h 40m measuring 22km / +1,200m on my GPS.
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On the trail to Höhbalmen
Photo: Arlen Schmidt, Community
Further along to trail past Hölbalmen
Photo: Arlen Schmidt, Community
About 2/3 way up to Trift
Photo: Arlen Schmidt, Community
Trift bergrrstaurant
Photo: Arlen Schmidt, Community

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Panorama
On the trail to Höhbalmen
Further along to trail past Hölbalmen
About 2/3 way up to Trift
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
20.1 km
Duration
4:25 h
Ascent
1,204 m
Descent
1,204 m
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