May 30, 2013 - 1:39 PM
Hi familyof5. Yes, you'll be able to get into the cable car when arriving at Blauherd. The timetable
counts for trips in both ways. As for tickets: if you're sure what hikes you want to make that day, you can get a ticket at the valley station that exactly matches your needs. It's no problem to get one return ticket for all three legs and then get out along the way do to some hiking. But if you plan to hike parts of the route, thus skipping one of the cable car or mountain train sections, it would be a waste to pay for them.
Unless you're trained hikers, I would recommend not to include the descent to Zermatt. You'll already descend about 600 metres between Rothorn and Blauherd, and Sunnegga-Zermatt would add another 600 metres. That's quite heave for legs and knees. But if you're used to such distances, it's no problem of course.