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.
Matterhorn trail, Zermatt
This trail offers spectacular views of the north face of the Matterhorn, idyllic Schwarzsee lake with the "Maria zum Schnee" chapel. Zermatt’s only alpine dairy is to be found at Stafelalp, and the charming little hamlet of Zmutt invites visitors to view the quintessential Valais chalets.
Destination: Schwarzsee Paradise
How to get there: By train
Return: By cable car
Fitness requirements: medium
Distance: 10.7 km
Vertical metres: +1042 m, -78 m
Total hiking time: 3h50
Season: June to october
Restaurants and pubs: Schwarzsee, Stafel, Zmutt