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.
Mark Twain trail, Zermatt
This hike features a promising view of the tracks of Mark Twain’s book – “Climbing the Riffelberg”. Four trails lead from Riffelberg to Rotenboden and on to Gornergrat. The most beautiful path and longest goes westward to Dristelen from where the trail continues to Furi and to the glacier garden. The breathtaking view of the shrinking Gorner Glacier will linger in your memory for years to come. The path continues eastward across the glacial stream and on to the foot of the Riffelhorn and the two pristine Riffel lakes.
How to get there: By train
Return: By train
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 2.2 km
Vertical metres: +388 m, -15 m
Total hiking time: June to october
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Riffelberg, Riffelalp