Winter hiking

Winter hiking

Zermatt-Furi (via Zum See) (Nr. 119)

This winter hiking trail leads straight from Zermatt to Furi, with an optional break in the hamlet of Zum See.

After the last houses at the end of the village of Zermatt, the winter hiking trail starts climbing gently. In the forest, the Zmuttbach mountain stream soon appears, its boulders wearing snowy hats. In Zum See and Furi, there is a choice of places to stop for a bite to eat. Suitable for children aged 6 upwards

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Turn-by-turn directions

Zermatt (Zen Stecken) - Zum See - Furi

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 45 min)

Start: Zermatt (1,620 m) (1613 m)
Destination: Furi (1,867 m) (1864 m)

Author's recommendation

Take a walk through the historic hamlet of Zum See. There used to be an important bridleway passing through here, which went over the Theodul Glacier and is listed in the inventory of historic routes of Switzerland (IVS).

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1865 m 1614 m

  • Ascent

    251 m

  • Descent

    1 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5 .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:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Warm winter clothing appropriate for the weather

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.