The Valais is a hiker’s paradise in winter. Its 1000 kilometres of immaculately prepared winter trails invite hikers to leisurely strolls or athletic climbs in an unparalleled setting. With the winter sun as your companion, you can wander through silent snow-covered forests and over magnificent sunny terraces featuring fantastic views. This is as close as you can get to the high peaks and majestic glaciers of the Valais Alps. A steaming cup of schnapps and coffee or hot chocolate welcomes contented hikers in a snug mountain hut at the end of the day.
Downhill hike with superb views of the Matterhorn
So much has been written about the iconic Matterhorn that you might think there was nothing more to say. Better simply to go there and see for yourself. Yet even for the most experienced hiker, the Matterhorn is the ultimate mountain. Majestic in appearance and more photogenic than any other peak in the Alps, it invariably draws attention as if by magic. This winter hike from Sunnegga to the picturesque village of Findeln and from there down to cosmopolitan Zermatt has its sights trained squarely on the 4478m summit, providing hikers with the most favourable views of the Matterhorn every inch of the way.
End of tour: Zermatt railway station
Technical requirements: easy
Physical fitness: easy
Hiking time: 1 h 30 min.
Length: 5 km