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Zermatt Circular Trail (Nr. 117)

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  • Winterwunderland
    / Winterwunderland
    Photo: Zermatt Tourimus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Past an old tea house and on to Blatten
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Fabienne Schaller
  • / Unterwegs auf dem unteren Höhenweg (AHV-Weg)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt - Matterhorn
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A chapel, beautiful bridges and an enchanted winter forest like no other: the Zermatt Circular Trail offers this and more.
Distance 6.5 km
2:00 h
198 m
198 m
1,761 m
1,602 m

From the train station, one walks to the far part of the village and then up to the hamlet of Blatten, where there is a wonderful view of a chapel waiting. Between Blatten and Moos, one crosses a wooden bridge before arriving at the enchanted winter forest near Moos.

A highlight of the circular trail is the crossing of the Findelbach Bridge. This spectacular bridge is 93 metres long and about 50 metres above the Findelbach.

The last section of the hike also passes through the forest again. The level AHV trail goes to Zermatt and back to the Bahnhof through the village.

  • Suitable for children over 6 years old
  • Baroque Maria Rosenkranzkönigin Chapel at Blatten
  • Findelbach Bridge – one of the most popular photo opportunities around Zermatt

Author’s recommendation

Look down from the wooden bridge between the hamlets of Blatten and Moos and admire the impressive ice walls that often form during cold weather.
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Update: March 08, 2021
Highest point
1,761 m
Lowest point
Bahnhof Zermatt, 1,602 m
Best time of year

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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.


Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,605 m)
2'623'961E 1'096'943N
46.023609, 7.748062
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
32T 403100 5097432


Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (train station) – Blatten – Moos – Findelbachbrücke – AHV Weg - Zermatt (train station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Rundweg Zermatt”.


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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.


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”.


2'623'961E 1'096'943N
46.023609, 7.748062
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
32T 403100 5097432
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

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

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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Niña Sayson
February 22, 2021 · Community
Initially easy but then gets really slippery in the middle. Path was not the best maintained as it had ice and sleet, which made some of the short yet steep ascent & descent really difficult than it is. Ruined the experience for me but the views were really pretty. I don’t recommend for those with children.
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When did you do this route? February 21, 2021
Photo: Nina Bianca Sayson, Community
Photo: Nina Bianca Sayson, Community
Photo: Nina Bianca Sayson, Community

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6.5 km
2:00 h
198 m
198 m
Highest point
1,761 m
Lowest point
1,602 m
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