Hiking from Zermatt to Zmutt: Explore Zermatt’s nature and history

Whether you come to Zermatt in summer or in winter, a walk to Zmutt is a must.

The walk from Zermatt to Zmutt is a wonderful way to explore the stunning landscape and rich history of the area, as well as to marvel at the majestic Matterhorn.

During summer, the well-marked trail takes hikers through beautiful alpine scenery, meandering through lush meadows full of wildflowers, across pristine streams, and accompanied by the gentle echo of cowbells.

In winter, snow and ice can make the trail more of a challenge, but most experienced hikers and snowshoers will find it fairly straightforward going through the serene snow covered forest.

Zermatt in summer

A rich history

Zmutt’s history can be traced back to the 13th century when it served as a farming community.

Over time, Zmutt’s population dwindled, but its charm remained intact. Today, the hamlet is a testament to its rich heritage, offering a glimpse into the traditional Swiss mountain way of life.

In fact, it truly should be spelled not ‘Zmutt’ should really be spelled ‘Z’Mutt’. In the old Zermatt dialect, a ‘mutt’ is a rounded crest on a rocky slope. The Z’ stands for ‘Zur’ or ‘Zer’ in dialect.

(c) Christine Kalbermatten

Ancient Stadels

Zmutt is home to several well-preserved traditional wooden chalets, known as ‘stadels’, some of which date back several centuries.

You can find out more about Zermatt’s stadels in our special blog post here:

Views of the Matterhorn

While the Matterhorn’s distinctive pyramid shape is a regular companion during the hike, along the route you can enjoy various stunning viewpoints of this iconic mountain.

From certain vantage points along the trail, you can capture postcard-perfect photographs of this iconic peak, framed against the backdrop of the surrounding alpine scenery.

The route

The journey from Zermatt to Zmutt is approximately 2.7km in length and will take around one and a half to two hours, depending on your pace and stops you make along the way.

The trail is moderately challenging, climbing 330m vertical metres. Remember, this is all at altitude so will be more demanding that similar lower-level hikes.

You should always ensure you’re wearing suitable footwear and should take water with you, especially on hot summer days.

You can find full details of the route here.

Matterhorn Chalets: Zermatt specialists

If you are looking for accommodation in Zermatt, Matterhorn Chalets are a small, independent, Zermatt specialist.

We can arrange everything from fully serviced and catered chalets to self-catering apartments. For advice on the right accommodation for you, please contact us via our website or on +41 79 247 15 88.

Zermatt in summer


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