Zermatt 2 Day Tour: Beneath the Matterhorn
A big loop high above Zermatt with non-stop Matterhorn views
This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland: 30 Must-Do Trail Runs
People flock to Zermatt from all over the world for a view of the Matterhorn. This unmistakable icon of the Swiss Alps often hides in the clouds, and plenty leave having never seen the pointed summit. My first time in Zermatt was like this. We ran into town after finishing the Glacier Haute Route. By the time we looped toward Zermatt, it was buried behind low, thick cloud. "Look! There's the Matterhorn!" Dan found pleasure in exclaiming and pointing towards lower, non-Matterhorn shaped peaks. And I fell for it more times than I should admit. Not this time. Back in Zermatt just two weeks later, we ran this tour. With blue sky and sunshine we didn't stop staring at the perfect pointed peak during two long days of running.
Smooth, high running always in view of the Matterhorn...what more could you want from a trail?
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Starting the first kilometers in the larch forest.
Big views waiting above the tree line and above the clouds.
A big new view of the Breithorn when you roll over the Gornergrat.
Smooth, fast trail beside the Gornergletscher with views to Monte Rosa.
Location. Location. Location. Hotel Schwarzsee, your overnight location.
You can't get much more efficient than sliding down the steep, smooth descent from the Hörnliweg.
Heading to Trift, you trade Matterhorn views for the Zinalrothorn.
A short glacier detour to tag the Mettelhorn.
All downhill to Zermatt, now. Sweeping switchbacks tighten as you drop further into the forest, and right back to the main station.
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