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Two Sides of the Matterhorn

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  • Classic Walks in the shadow of the Matterhorn
  • Experience Zermatt, an iconic alpine town
  • Peaceful St Luc in the authentic Swiss Val d'Anniviers
  • Flexible walking - this tour can be as easy or as demanding as you like
  • Enjoying Swiss mountain food such as raclette and fondue
Follow in the footsteps of pioneering Victorian hikers and experience Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, from two sides on this twin centre walking holiday. With stylish Zermatt as your base for four nights, choose from a selection of walks in the shadow of the Matterhorn. By night enjoy the exclusive town and its array of restaurants and bars. Jump on the train and head to St Luc for three nights, a peaceful village nestled in the Val d’Anniviers — an authentically Swiss valley. More great walks take you to historic mountain hotels, huts, alpine meadows and lakes.

What To Expect

Experience two sides of the Matterhorn on this flexible walking holiday. With a choice of walks, you can make this tour as challenging or as relaxed as you wish. Fantastic eating options abound, with hearty mountain food the order of the day. Stay in cosy 3* hotels in both Zermatt and St Luc - or why not treat yourself to an upgrade to the Hotel Bella Tola in St Luc, a luxurious ’Belle Epoque’ style hotel?

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.


Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Mountains


  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded ‘easy—moderate’ overall, as the walks are around 4-14km, and quite varied. Please be aware that earlier in the season there may be some residual snow lying in patches, but this will not require any special equipment or skills; walking poles are recommended.


All trails are very well way-marked, and together with access to our GPS-following app and maps, you will have no problem finding your way on our suggested walks.

Experience & Fitness

This trip is graded ‘easy—moderate’ overall, as the walks are around 4-14km, and are well established paths. If you have a good level of fitness you will have no problem with this tour.


Stay 7 nights in 3* standard hotels. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below however it is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.

Upgrade to Hotel Bella Tola

We recommend upgrading your accommodation in St-Luc to the fabulous 4 star historic hotel– the Hotel Bella Tola. Facilities include a library, sauna, hamman and an indoor pool with the most magical view of the mountains. For more details and prices please contact one of our team or refer to our website.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you but there is a supplement payable.

  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • A list of suggested walks with maps, GPX tracks and access to our GPS app
  • The “Anniviers Liberty Pass” which includes over 20 free activities in the Val d'Anniviers and most local bus services and cable cars/funiculars
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance
  • Flights to and from Switzerland
  • Travel from/to airport to Zermatt/from St Luc
  • Cable cars/funiculars/public transport in the Mattertal
  • Travel between Zermatt and St Luc
  • Travel Insurance Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Upgrade to Hotel Bella Tola in St Luc
  • Extra Nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start any day of the week, from the middle of July to the middle of September. For 2018, the tour with be available from mid June to mid-September. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and mid-September when the wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair. Please be aware that earlier in the season there may be some residual snow lying in patches, but this will not require any special equipment or skills.

Getting to the Start

Fly into Geneva, Zurich or Bern then continue by train to Zermatt. (3.5 , 3.5 or 2 hours) Train timetables and details of public transportation in Switzerland are available via the excellent travel planner at

Getting from the End

From St-Luc take the bus down to the valley floor to Vissoie, then change bus to return to Sierre (approx. 1 hour total). From Sierre train station, all airports mentioned above are easily reached, as well as a number of other Swiss and European destinations.

Pass Anniviers Liberté (Val d'Anniviers only)

At your hotel in the Val d’Anniviers you will receive a ‘Pass Anniviers Liberté which entitles you to free use of most of the postbus lines in the valley, some cable cars, swimming pools and other attractions. For a full list of inclusions, have a look here.

Unfortunately, no similar scheme exists in Zermatt and all use of cable cars/funiculars etc. is payable locally.  Here is an approximate guide to costs if you complete the walks as outlined in this brochure.

Day 2: Zermatt– Sunnegga 24CHF return

Day 3: Zermatt—Schwarzsee 50CHF return, Furi—Zermatt 17CHF single

Day 4: Zermatt– Gornergrat 47CHF single,  Sunnegga—Zermatt, 16CHFsingle

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items,for example, proper rain gear (jackets and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer and a day pack.


You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Zermatt Day 2 The Five Lakes Walk 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 The Matterhorn Trail or Walk to Zmutt 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 The Nature Way 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 5 Train and bus to St Luc 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 6 The Three Lakes Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 7 Free day in St Luc or choice of walks 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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