Hornli Trail

Hornli Trail

In 2014 I hiked the Matterhorn Glacier Trail from Trockener Steg to Schwarzsee on glorious morning. I didn't have time to hike up to the Hörnlihütte at the foot of the Matterhorn, because I had to catch a train to Zürich for my flight back home. In 2020 I was in the vicinity of Zermatt again and with one day to spare and a good weather forecast I decided to give it another try. The hike to the Hörnli Hut is probably one the most popular trails in Zermatt and as a consequence it is quite crowded. I even noticed a number of people in jeans and trainers. The trail is relatively easy, some sections even come with metal stairs. Just beware that the Hörnli Hut is situated at an elevation of 3,260 metres. The views of the surrounding mountains are pretty awesome.

Hörnli Trail Panorama
View of the Zinalrothorn and the Aschhorn from the start of the Hörnli Trail
Hörnli Trail Panorama
The view stays pretty much the same as you ascend, but what's not to like?
Zinalrothorn as seen from the Hörnli Trail
Zinalrothorn as seen from the Hörnli Trail
Hörnli Trail Panorama
I always enjoy watching clouds form in the mountains as long as they aren't rain clouds
Hörnli Trail
Looking down somewhere along the Hörnli Trail