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Zermatt-Sunnegga (via Tiefenmatten) (Nr. 115)

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  • View from Sunnegga of the surrounding mountains with the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    / View from Sunnegga of the surrounding mountains with the Matterhorn (4,478 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Arriving in Tiefmatten and it goes even further
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Jasmin Scherrer
  • / Past chalets to Sunnegga
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Enjoying gastronomic treats in the numerous mountain restaurants in Findeln
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Winterwandern
    Video: Zermatt - Matterhorn
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Climbing from the centre of the village of Zermatt up into the mountain sunshine, under one’s own steam - that’s the essence of this bracing hike. After the romantic, snow-blanketed forest, you are greeted with glorious views at Sunnegga.
moderate
Distance 7.1 km
2:45 h
704 m
33 m
2,279 m
1,608 m

The Swiss pines are heavily laden with snow; a winter breeze whispers through the bare branches of the larches. The snow crunches underfoot as the trail winds gently from Zermatt up to the heights. A longer, flat stretch reveals occasional views through the snow-covered trees of the Matterhorn and the village. In Findeln, numerous restaurants offer a wide range of gastronomic treats. Depending on time of day, the Tiefenmatten area can be cold and shady, while Sunnegga basks in sunshine.

  • Please observe the signs, as the path may be closed due to various winter hazards.

Author’s recommendation

Just before you turn onto the path heading to Findeln, you pass along a section of the trail close to the cliff face secured by ropes and a handrail. Be brave; the view is worth it.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Update: March 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,279 m
Lowest point
1,608 m
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Rest Stop

Chez Vrony
Findlerhof
Buffet Bar Sunnegga
Enzian
@Paradise

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

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'623'960E 1'096'942N
DD
46.023602, 7.748050
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403100 5097431
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Destination

Sunnegga (2,288 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (station) - Tiefenmatten - Oberer Höhenweg - Findeln - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 15)

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
2'623'960E 1'096'942N
DD
46.023602, 7.748050
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403100 5097431
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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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Rating

5.0
(1)
Julia Glizevskaja
December 26, 2015 · Community
Amazing! Initially pretty difficult, up up up, slippy and very near at the edge, so I will not take kids, us need more cautious hiking. But has few stops with fabulous panoramic views! On way down would recommend other road
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First stop and look to Zermatt
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Photo: Julia Glizevskaja, Community
Relaxing panoramic stop
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Montains
Photo: Julia Glizevskaja, Community
Amazing views
Photo: Julia Glizevskaja, Community
Final point
Photo: Julia Glizevskaja, Community

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First stop and look to Zermatt
Relaxing panoramic stop
Montains
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
704 m
Descent
33 m
Highest point
2,279 m
Lowest point
1,608 m
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1600 m 1800 m
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