Day 1 – Arrive Grächen. Transfer to hotel

From Zurich it’s a direct 2-hour train ride to Visp in the heart of the Rhone Valley, where you connect to the famed Matterhorn GotthardBahn for the cogwheel ascent of the Mattertal, along the route of the Glacier Express, to the village of St. Niklaus. From there it’s a 20-minute bus ride up to Grächen. On arrival, your hotel courtesy shuttle will meet you at the bus stop and transport you to the hotel. After checking in, you can take one of the local aerial cable ways and stretch your legs on any of the nearby mountain trails. Returning to the hotel, take a soak in the pool or enjoy time in the spa before having in the hotel’s dining room. Get a good nights’ rest—you have a big day ahead. D

Day 2 – Grächen to Europahütte

After breakfast, leave your luggage in the hotel lobby for transfer to Zermatt. In a small daypack you can carry your lunch, raingear, and personal toiletries for your overnight stay at the Europahütte. It’s a 40-minute walk to the village of Gasenreid then on to Grat. In about 7 hours of hiking you’ll arrive at the Europahütte with its expansive panorama overlooking the Mattertal and with views to the Weisshorn. Dinner at the Europahütte. BD

Day 3 – Europahütte – Europabrücke Skywalk - Zermatt

Following breakfast at the hut, it’s a quick descent to the Europabrücke Skywalk, the world’s longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge. You want to take your time for some great photos before continuing in the direction of Kreuz, and Eggenstadel. (With the closure of the Taschalp-Tuftern ridge route we highly recommend this new alternative). Soon the Matterhorn comes into view and shortly you’re nearing Sunnegga and starting your descent into Zermatt. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the hotel. Evening in Zermatt. B

Day 4 – Zermatt - Departure and onward travel, or extend your stay

Following breakfast at the hotel there is time for a little shopping in Zermatt or exploring any of the great hiking options that literally lie at your doorstep. We highly recommend an ascent of the Gornergrat with many fine options on the descent back to Zermatt. Your included transportation will take you back to the airport or any destination within Switzerland—or better yet, extend your stay in Zermatt. B

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as strenuous. You should be capable of walking 6-7 hours or more per day on mountain trails at an elevation up to 8,000 feet above sea level. There is no easy way around the Europaweg Skywalk, so this route is for those with no fear of heights.