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Oberrothorn, Zermatt

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The Oberrothorn (3,414 m) is a mountain of the Swiss Pennine Alps, overlooking Zermatt in the canton of Valais. Its summit can be easily reached via a trail on its southern flank, from the Unterrothorn cable car station or from Sunnegga.

Claims are often made that the Oberrothorn has one of the highest hiking trails in the Alps, or that it's the highest Alpine summit which can be walked up. Such statements are subjective, but do reflect the mountain's unusual accessibility for an Alpine summit of its height.

Due to its location to the east of Zermatt, hikers on the main route up and down the mountain are afforded excellent views of the Matterhorn, across the valley, with the popular Hornli Ridge ascent route being prominent.
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  • Took the lift system from Zermatt to Blauherd, and hiked from there. Go left from Blauherd to avoid hiking under the ski-lift infrastructure. Couple of hours to unter Rothorn, then another hour or so....  more
    Took the lift system from Zermatt to Blauherd, and hiked from there. Go left from Blauherd to avoid hiking under the ski-lift infrastructure. Couple of hours to unter Rothorn, then another hour or so....  more »
  • A very pleasant climb easily accessed by the Zermatt lift system. Excellent views on a clear day. Interesting touch is the placement of Art work as you progress up the peak. 
    A very pleasant climb easily accessed by the Zermatt lift system. Excellent views on a clear day. Interesting touch is the placement of Art work as you progress up the peak.  more »
  • Even though the Touristic Office said that the trail is still closed due to snow, I ventured on it anyway, being that it was July. The climb, even though is short is not that easy so think twice... 
    Even though the Touristic Office said that the trail is still closed due to snow, I ventured on it anyway, being that it was July. The climb, even though is short is not that easy so think twice...  more »
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  • The climb was worth it! Beautiful scenery.
  • I recommend walking straight from Zermatt and avoiding the areas around the cable cars.
  • It is undoubtedly beautiful on the Oberrothorn. There is also nothing to complain about on the last stage, the ascent from Furggji. But the ascent and descent from and to Zermatt is not the best thing. The paths are lined with ski slope snow-making poles.
  • The experience is something almost unique when you reach that point; the highest hiking mountain in Europe (somewhat controversial)! I was surprised by the species-rich flora on this way up; I have not published all the pictures and have not added the names; I know them all!
  • The panoramic view from up here is indescribable. The path was very easy to walk today with only two very small patches of snow on the way. No problem at all with high hiking boots. There are always “hikers” with sneakers or even sandals. I cannot recommend this shoe at all. A little tip: take the Sunnegga and possibly the Blauherd Bahn to significantly shorten the route. Otherwise, you have to climb 1800 meters in altitude.

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