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 have one guide per six guests with a maximum group size of 18. Three levels of hiking are offered each day. Trips have built in free-day(s) to explore on your own. Using your Swiss Pass that is included with your vacation package you can also make any day a free-day if you wish a rest from hiking. The pass covers trains, buses, boats, cable-cars, streetcars and entrance into museums. A day visit to Lucerne, Bern, Interlaken, St. Moritz or Montreux or many other interesting towns is quite simple using your Swiss Pass.

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 2: Valais Flower Tour

June 28 - July 9, 2016 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Zermatt & Saas-Fee, Switzerland

High alpine meadows, called “alps,” burst with color in early to mid summer, with June and July offering the most abundant displays of alpen roses, blue bellflowers, dainty yellow buttercups, and hundreds of other wildflower varieties. Discover the flora of the Pennine Alps while... Read More

TOUR 3: Hiker’s Dream Trip

July 11 - July 23, 2016 - 12 Nights

Base Villages: MuerrenKandersteg, & Zermatt, Switzerland

With this 12-night excursion, Alpine Adventure Trails Tours co-owner Shannon Harris has assembled a trip that combines his favorite hikes, taking in the Jungfrau region, the pristine natural beauty of Kandersteg, as well as Zermatt and the famous Matterhorn. Participants will spend four... Read More

TOUR 5: Swiss Summer Special

August 17 – August 28, 2016 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Zermatt & Wengen, 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 6: Valais Fall Classic

August 30 – September 10, 2016 - 11 Nights

Base Villages: Saas-Fee & Zermatt, Switzerland

Take in the iconic Matterhorn and the charming town of Zermatt as well as the the "Pearl of the Alps", Saas-Fee, ideal for less crowds, cooler temperatures and viewing the glacier covered Pennine Alps. Highlights in Zermatt include the Matter Valley... Read More