Hikes

The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.

The Zermatt marmot trail
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The Marmot Trail is a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Wooden sculptures and information panels depict the life cycles of these rodents in six languages. There are numerous points on Sunnegga Paradise where visitors can observe marmots at work. The path crosses sunny burrows dug out by the marmots. Along the entire length of the trail it is possible to observe families of marmots, used to humans and not at all timid. The marmots have grown so accustomed to people that they even come to eat grass out of children’s hands. Please do not feed them sweets! The Zermatt marmot trail
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The Zermatt marmot trail

The Marmot Trail is a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Wooden sculptures and information panels depict the life cycles of these rodents in six languages. There are numerous points on Sunnegga Paradise where visitors can observe marmots at work. The path crosses sunny burrows dug out by the marmots. Along the entire length of the trail it is possible to observe families of marmots, used to humans and not at all timid. The marmots have grown so accustomed to people that they even come to eat grass out of children’s hands. Please do not feed them sweets!

Starting point: Riffelberg
Destination: Riffelalp
How to get there: By train
Return: By train
Technique/Difficulty: medium
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 3.8 km
Vertical metres: +36 m, -325 m
Total hiking time: 1h
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Riffelberg, Riffelalp
Accomodation: Zermatt