Winter walk - Rotenboden to Riffelalp questions

Winter walk - Rotenboden to Riffelalp questions

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Uallin
Uallin
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Oct 18, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Hi! Just saw this page and we are thinking of attempting it in end February to see the frozen lake with the Matterhorn in the background: www.zermatt.ch/en/Medi a/Planning-hikes-tours/Rotenboden-Riffelberg

Would like to ask if This place is worth a visit? Is there is a walking trail or is it well signposted towards the lake? Would snow be too deep and hamper walking? Would the path along Rifflsleeweg be a good viewing point?Would it be too cold to walk there? We will buy the Round trip ticket, which I believe allows us to get off at any stops. Thank you.

Lucas
Lucas
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Oct 18, 2017 - 1:43 PM in reply to Uallin

Hi Uallin,

It is a winter hiking trail but it is possible that weather conditions when you are there could close the trail.

I haven't done this hike myself but from reading your link above it sounds like there are great views.
I can't tell you if it will be too cold for you to enjoy the hike. But at that altitude I would expect temperatures to be below 0 degrees and possible quite a but colder. Whether the temperature on the day you want to go is too cold is a personal decision (and based on how warm your clothes are). :)

The link you provided talks about recommended safety equipment and clothing and many other details that will come in handy if you go.

We also have information on that hike, with details on the route, on our Zermatt activities page here.

Last modified on Oct 22, 2017 - 9:36 AM by Arno
Mark
Mark
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Oct 19, 2017 - 2:21 AM

We stayed at Riffelalp in September and did the hike to the lake and continued on to Gornergrat summit. The hike to the lake has very good views of the Matterhorn and also Zermatt. The trail was well maintained and fairly well marked although there were a few junctions with no clear signs. The trail was fairly narrow and steep in places and I would guess it would be difficult to keep clear in the winter. The concierge at the Riffelalp resort would know for sure if the trail was doable in February. Just past Riffelsee is a gorgeous view of Gornergletscher and Mt Rosa. Well worth the extra 15-20 min walk. Mark

Uallin
Uallin
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Oct 19, 2017 - 2:44 AM

Hi Mark. Thanks for your valuable input. Will check out Gornergletscher. Is it continue on the route after Lake Riffelsee as on the attached map?.

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Mark
Mark
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Oct 19, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Yes, the Gornergletcher lookout is an easy , flat 15 minute walk past Riffelsee. There are several viewpoints but if you take the path to the right at Riffelsee, that viewpoint is less crowded. We continued on around the mountain towards Mt. Rosa then up switchbacks to Gornergrat summit but the switchbacks were quite steep. In stead you can take a short easy trail from the lookout to the nearby train stop and ride up to the summit or back down to Riffelalp or Zermatt Mark

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