Hiking around Zermatt

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tetati
tetati
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Apr 22, 2012 - 4:06 AM
Hello all,

I plan to go hiking a round trip from Zermatt to Sunnegga on May 21 because the train is at rest.
How long it takes and is it difficult for a non-frequent hiker?

I also plan to walk from Rotenboden to Riffelalp on May 22.
Besides, I will buy a return train ticket from Zermatt to Gornergrat.
From Gornegrat to Rotenboden, I will take the train.
From Rotenboden to Riffelberg, I will walk.
From Riffelberg to Zermatt, I will take the train again.
Is a return ticket allow me to drop off and then take the train like above?
If not, is there any clear hiking trail from Gornergrat to Rotenboden? If so, how long it takes to walk and is if difficult for a non-frequent hiker?

Many thanks.

Teta
Wandermann
Wandermann
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Apr 22, 2012 - 8:42 AM
Hello Teta,

Indeed, I can't find the summer timetable for the funicular Zermatt to Sunnegga either. Many means of mountain transportation are closed for maintenance somewhere between winter- and summer season.

You could contact the Zermatt Tourist Office by telephone or by e-mail, just to be certain about this funicular and about which hiking trails are expected to be open during your stay.

Do you mean you want to hike from Zermatt to Sunnegga and back? Be prepared to ascend and descent some 600 m. If you are a "non-frequent hiker", it depends on you physical condition, I would say.

My guess is, you can hike from Rotenboden to Riffelalp this time of year. Please look at this page.

No problem to get off the train at one point and proceed at another point! (it may be wise to mention this to the train staff?).

Have a nice time!
tetati
tetati
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Apr 22, 2012 - 11:06 AM
Thx for your prompt advice,Wandermann
matt-uk
matt-uk
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Apr 23, 2012 - 11:10 AM
saved me creating a topic this did. looking to do the same sort of thing as you, but going in just over a week so hoping we can get to riffelsee ok by walking. just have to see how it works out with the weather
was thinkin of getting to train to gornergrat, then maybe do the 3 hr hike down to zermatt. just suppose it depends on how much snow there is as to whether we can do the hike in normal walking shoes

also was gonna ask, do you have to pay to hike in certain area's as seen hiking passes on certain websites
Wandermann
Wandermann
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Apr 23, 2012 - 12:13 PM
Hello Matt,

Many years ago we wanted to go down from Gornergrat and walk to one of the lower Gornergrat railway stations (don't remember which one), but we missed it. We had to walk all the way down to Zermatt.
What a memorable experience that was! It was hot (high season), long, and we didn't wear proper shoes (nowadays we are better prepared). Afterwards it was fun to remember the huge blisters and the muscle aches the following days.

I do hope you can make this hike, but I'm wondering, what are "normal walking shoes"? I suggest you wear good fitting and water resistant high hiking or mountain shoes, as there will most probably still be snowfields to cross. Two years ago (second half of May) we went through knee-deep snow at an altitude of about 1.600 m.

Have a great time!
matt-uk
matt-uk
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Apr 23, 2012 - 5:10 PM
knee deep, that must have been fun

as for normal walking shoes, i mean these

http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-summit-waterproof-mens-walking-shoes-183105
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Apr 23, 2012 - 8:27 PM
Hi to you all,re Zermatt-Sunnegga hike/funicular.
I am [also] considering the hike "Riffelalp[or Rotenboden] to Sunnegga, then funicular back nto Zermatt in JULY. On the official swiss timetable site ,for my requirements[Sunnegga to Zermatt] a timetable can be found for July. I put in from Sunnegga zbag-zsb to Zermatt. Also tried the reverse[zermatt zbag-zsb to sunnegga zbag-zsb] no problems bringing up a timetable...I might add you have a 10 min walk to/from Zermatt to Zermatt zbag-zsb. Do you all know something I don't about the funicular's summer timetable? Is what I have found on official site not accurate? Should I have consulted elsewhere?
tetati
tetati
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Apr 24, 2012 - 1:05 AM
Is that right no hiking pass is required to hike form Rotenboden to Riffelalp and from Furi to Zermatt?
Annika
Annika
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Apr 24, 2012 - 6:03 AM
Hi all. A timetable for summer and spring 2012 can be found at this web page, by clicking 'Sunnegga-Rothorn'. Rides up to Sunnegga can be made from May 26. Before this time it will indeed be closed down due to maintenance. The information mbear12 found through the Swiss timetable is correct too.

No, hiking passes are not required. You only need to pay for the rides up or down from the stations along the Gornergrat train line.
matt-uk
matt-uk
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Apr 24, 2012 - 9:57 AM
thanks annika

tetati - ill let you no if i do this hike and let you no how it goes
Wandermann
Wandermann
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Apr 24, 2012 - 10:28 AM
matt-uk said: knee deep, that must have been fun
as for normal walking shoes, i mean these
http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-summit-waterproof-mens-walking-shoes-183105


Hi Matt,

You suggested you are going to adapt your hikes to the shoes in the link and that's fine of course. But, if you are able to make the hike from Gornergrat to Zermatt, you might want to wear mountain boots (I think this is the proper English term), as they are more comfortable and safe.
Just my two cents!
matt-uk
matt-uk
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Apr 24, 2012 - 10:59 AM
thanks for the tips : )
matt-uk
matt-uk
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May 6, 2012 - 8:16 AM
tetati - some information for you
just got back from switzerland and we were only allowed to hike down from riffelalp to zermatt due to lots of snow higher up. when you arrive in zermatt and purchase your gornergrat tickets you need to ask where you can hike back down from
hope this helps
tetati
tetati
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May 6, 2012 - 10:56 PM
Matt-uk, thx for your kind reply. It really helps me a lot.
matt-uk
matt-uk
27 posts
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May 7, 2012 - 5:43 AM
not a problem : )

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