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Furi-Stafel (Nr. 122)

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  • On the winter hiking trail to Stafel, past the reservoir at Zmutt
    / On the winter hiking trail to Stafel, past the reservoir at Zmutt
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / After the Zmutt power plant, the path leads through a small illuminated tunnel
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / Winterwandern
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This winter hike from Furi to Stafel is best for early risers as the route is sunniest in the mornings.
moderate
Distance 4.9 km
1:40 h
339 m
8 m
In the morning, the sun shines down on Furi, bathing Zermatt’s majestic snowy landscape in a golden glow. The hike to Stafel follows an agricultural route heading steadily up into the mountains, from where you can enjoy views of the impressive north face of the Matterhorn and stop for a warming drink.

Author’s recommendation

From Zmutt you can see the 74 m-high arch dam, retaining the waters of the Zmutt Glacier and the Zmuttbach mountain stream.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: March 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,200 m
Lowest point
1,861 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Gitz-Gädi
Stafelalp 2200m

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.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

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.

Start

Furi (1,867 m) (1,865 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'622'690E 1'094'474N
DD
46.001441, 7.731531
DMS
46°00'05.2"N 7°43'53.5"E
UTM
32T 401782 5094989
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Destination

Stafel (2,200 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Furi - Stafel

(Hiking time for the walk back: approx. 1h20)

Note


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
2'622'690E 1'094'474N
DD
46.001441, 7.731531
DMS
46°00'05.2"N 7°43'53.5"E
UTM
32T 401782 5094989
w3w 
///lawfully.steam.chairing
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.9 km
Duration
1:40 h
Ascent
339 m
Descent
8 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Way cleared Faunistic highlights Cableway ascent/descent Groomed snow Point to Point
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

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