Lake Riffel with Dufourspitze, Breithorn and glacier, Zermatt, Switzerland

A hike with a glacier view from the Gornergrat to Riffelberg

Discover the glaciers on Gornergrat while hiking.

Difficulty: medium | Duration: 2h 30min | Distance: 6.3km

You begin your hike at the Gornergrat mountain station.  First of all, make the most of the viewing platform to look at and enjoy the many peaks you can see from there.  By using the free telescopes you can discover the names and heights of the various summits.  Then you make your way along the Hohtälli ridge where the steep descent towards the Gorner Glacier will take some concentration. 

Then you come to the Monte Rosa hut approach; you don’t go towards the hut but take the way with the view of the Matterhorn ahead of you. A new and very special perspective of the Matterhorn is waiting for you!  Now the path is gentle, going up and down, towards the Riffelsee lake.  We recommend a stop there to take some photos or have a picnic.  Finally, you have a choice of routes that will take you down to the Riffelberg  station. 

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