Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill Bike Tour (Nr. 22)

The route comprises the climb from Zermatt to Sunnegga. At Sunegga there is access to many other bike routes. Alternatively you can also use the route to descend to Zermatt.

  • Difficulty

    medium, S0

    Difficulty : medium
    S0 Even forest or meadow paths, on a natural surface with good grip or on compact gravel. No steps, rocks or passages with many roots. Gentle gradients, wide curves. No special technique required
  • Length

    8.6 km

  • Duration

    1:30 h

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Pascal Gertschen, Zermatt Tourismus

If you want to get active or dispense with rail travel, you can choose the “Zermatt–Sunnegga Uphill” for the journey to Sunnegga. The route starts in the village and first follows the asphalted road to Restaurant Ried, then continues on the Schotterstrasse through fragrant larch forests and on the Kiesstrasse. If you are familiar with the ski slopes in winter, you will recognise where you are from Patrullarve.  The route is sometimes steep, but the ascent is worth it. Just below Sunnegga you break through the edge of the forest and the mountain panorama, including the Matterhorn, suddenly opens up before you. At Sunnegga there are lots of opportunities to connect to other bike routes in practically every direction. There is something to suit everyone - a fun descent on the Sunnegga Flowtrail (F2), gourmet delights in Findeln, continuation of the route to the Riffelalp and so on. It is also feasible as an easy valley descent in the opposite direction. Connection to lots of other routes Lots of refreshment stops Easier on an e-bike

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Excursion on the Gornergrat

Climb aboard the cogwheel train which goes from the village of Zermatt to the Gornergrat, at an alti...
From 46 CHF

 The cogwheel railway takes you from the village of Zermatt, at 1,600 metres, up to the Gornergrat at 3,100 metres above sea level. With an ongoing view of the Matterhorn, the ride is an experience in itself. And with mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see, it is hard to tire of the panorama at the top.

What's included:

  • Zermatt - Gornergrat round trip (with the option of stopping at each station).

  • Free admission to the multimedia world of experience «Zooom the Matterhorn».

Children with a junior card or a wolli card can travel free of charge.

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Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt - Ried - Tufteren - Sunnegga

Start: Zermat (1,620 m) (1605 m)
Destination: Sunnegga (2,288 m) (2262 m)

Author's recommendation

The mountain landscape around Zermatt, with 38 summits above 4,000 metres, offers breathtaking panoramic views and is home to a wealth of fauna and flora.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2288 m 1620 m

  • Ascent

    663 m

  • Descent

    6 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 2 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).


Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.


Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.


We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

Safety information

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk. *The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.