Ibex Treks

Zermatt Self Guided Tour Itinerary

The Zermatt Self Guided tour is 8 nights long, but can be customised for any number of days. We will provide detailed maps and itineraries, and you will be your own leader! Travel at your own pace comfortably and independently. 3-star or 4-star accommodation. See also the Dates & Prices page.

Zermatt, with the Matterhorn in the distance While based in a hotel or chalet, day hikes are made from Zermatt village to various mountain landscapes in the surrounding area. The distinctive scented pine woods with lush green pastures undulate along the more southern slopes, while steep cliffs of gray rock below boulders and glacier moraine loom above on more northern faces. Together with glacier lakes hidden from view, and wild mountain streams racing into the valleys, the tour takes advantage of the natural beauty available in the area.

This tour caters for different levels of physical fitness and interests. Although most days offer strenuous walking in the itinerary, easier options are available for those requiring a more relaxing day. No technical skills are necessary. The tour follows marked routes only.

The average walking time per day will be determined by the options taken. Maximum average: 6 hours per day. Minimum average: 4 hours per day. Accommodation in double rooms only. Picnic lunches carried, or available at restaurants terraces on route.

Ibex Treks will book the hotel for you at half-board (the price includes dinners and breakfasts). Lunches are not included, but we will recommend possible lunch stops offering panoramic views.

Upon booking the trip, you will receive a detailed topographical map showing the entire route with various easy and difficult optional hikes and a comprehensive itinerary to follow. We will also include train timetables from Zurich airport to the mountains and back to the airport.

For more information, see fitness requirements and equipment list.


Night One


  • Zermatt
  • Arrive in Zermatt, 1603 m. Check in to your 3-star or 4-star hotel.


    Night Two



  • Hohbalmen traverse
  • Zmutt
  • A gradual ascent out of Zermatt rapidly becomes steep as you follow a zigzag path bringing you to the Hohbalmen traverse, 2665 m. The high path offers a spectacular view of the Matterhorn north face.
    Night Three



  • Mettelhorn
  • Hike to the Mettelhorn, 3406 m. Steep south-facing ascent into the Triftchumme valley, 2763 m. The view is worth the effortv for this rather steep ascent. A 360 degree view of famous mountain tops and valleys. Easier option in our detailed itinerary for relaxing and admiring wild flowers and glacier streams.
    Night Four



  • Monte Rosa hut
  • Gorner Glacier Monte Rosa hut, 2795 m. Take the Gornergrat train to Riffelberg, 2566 m. Looking west you see the Matterhorn, and incredible views all around! We follow a path to the Riffelsee, 2757 m. and descend on a gradual path to the Gornergrat glacier. Accessable only in good weather! Steep ascent to the Monte Rose hut.
    Night Five



  • Rest day
  • Traditional barnhouse in Zermatt Optional rest day: choose how to spend your day. Possible hiking, mountain biking, tennis, skiing, shopping, museum visit.
    Night Six



  • Zumsee
  • Hornli hut
  • Zmutt
  • The Matterhorn from Riffelberg Hike to the Hornli hut, 3260 m. From Zermatt, following a stream up the valley up to a small village. 1766 m. From here the incline steepens as you zigzag through pine woods to alpine pasture. The ground levels revealing a hidden lake. 2552 m. The path continues upwards following a ridge. At last the hut is visible resting at the bottom of the Hornli ridge from where most climbers begin their ascent of the Matterhorn. Easy options can shorten the hiking by means of a Cable Car! (Gondola)
    Night Seven



  • Riffelberg
  • Gornergrat
  • Gornergrat Take the train to out of the village to gain time and altitude. 2566 m. From here, walk to Gornergrat, 3090 m. The view down to the Monte Rosa glacier is unbelievable, the scale and magnitude difficult to appreciate. Continuing along a ridge, descending a steep section to wild barren ground. As you descend, the terrain gradually becomes more hospitable as the grass line and then the trees bring civilization closer. Picking up and following a small stream, 2022 m., and follow it down the valley to Zermatt. Easy options by taking the train all the way, or to return by railway from various stations lower down.
    Night Eight



  • Sunnegga
  • Stellisee
  • Oberrothorn
  • Liskamm Take the underground train to Sunnegga, 2288 m. and follow a path to a Mounatim Lake 2537 m. The path continues to an old hotel situated near glacier moraine, offering a drink break or lunch. Continue on a steeper path through more barren terrain with the option of ascending the near by Mountain 3415 m. At a Pass 2981 m. make a gentle ascent to a Mountain Peak 3101 m, and continue along the ridge which offers incredible scenic views, in particular, down to Zermatt. A steep descent brings you to pastures where you traverse to a small village 2215 m. A pleasant meander through pine trees finally brings you to Zermatt. Easy options with cable cars can offer various short cuts.


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