Base Villages
Base Village: Zermatt


Crown of the Matterhorn –

Zermatt lies at the base of what is perhaps the most iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps: the 14,690-foot Matterhorn. Few sights are more inspiring than the Matterhorn covered with a pristine layer of snow against a cerulean blue backdrop. Perhaps what’s more awesome though is the rewarding feeling gained from walking in the crisp mountain air to the vantage point where this view is possible. The Matter valley is surrounded by 30 peaks, all of which top 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Between these pinnacles exists a labyrinth of valleys and trails that make this corner of Switzerland a hiker’s paradise. One such path, the mule trader’s trail, dates to the 13th century.

Zermatt is a popular destination and a platform for mountaineering and world-class skiing—even in the summertime. Numerous national ski teams train here, as the town holds Europe’s largest and highest summer skiing region. Two points of particular interest include the Gornergrat, a cog railway that travels 3,089 meters (10,134 feet) to an impressive overlook, and the Klein Matterhorn, the end point of Europe’s highest cable car at 3,820 meters (12,533 feet).

Most of Alpine Adventures Trails Tours’ Matter valley hikes conclude in Zermatt around 4:00 p.m., leaving plenty of time to explore the town before catching the gondola to the high mountain retreat. The view overlooking this picturesque alpine town aglow at night is simply magical.

Would you like to visit?

We offer awe-inspiring hiking tours that explore
the natural wonders of this area.

All trips two or three guides with a maximum group size of 12. Three levels of hiking are offered each day. Trips have built in free-day(s) to explore on your own.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Hotel: Hotel Silvana
Altitude: 1,620 m (5,310 ft)
Population: 5,775
Area: 242 sq km (94 sq mi)
Canton: Valais
Latitude: 46°1′16″N
Longitude: 7°44′53″E


TOUR 3: Sils Maria and Zermatt

June 27-July 8 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Sils Maria and Zermatt, Switzerland

Take in the Matterhorn and village of Zermatt at its base, nestled in the Pennine Alps—all in the height of Switzerland’s sunniest season. You’ll go from valleys flush with spectacular wildflowers to cool glacier-coated mountain tops that boast awe-inspiring... Read More

TOUR 5: Zermatt and Muerren

July 28 – August 8, 2018 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Zermatt & Muerren, Switzerland

Take in the Matterhorn and postcard-worthy village at its base, nestled in the Pennine Alps, as well as the famous Jungfrau region in the Bernese Oberland—all in the height of Switzerland’s warmest and sunniest season. You’ll go from warm valleys flush with spectacular... Read More

TOUR 7: Zermatt, Kandersteg and Wengen Tour

September 2 – September 14 , 2018 – 12 Nights

Base Villages: Zermatt, Kandersteg & Wengen, Switzerland

With this 12-night excursion, you hike beneath the towering peaks of the Michabelle mountian range that runs between Saas-Fee and Zermatt and get to hike the west and south side of the Berner Oberland famed for glacial carved valleys and towering snow capped peaks.  From... Read More