Why hike Zmutt Loop? Because the scenery looks like something Bob Ross would paint! Zmutt is a 500-year-old hamlet southwest of Zermatt in Switzerland, made up of traditional wooden houses tucked inside magnificent meadows with a backdrop of the Swiss alps.
There are two trails of the Zmutt Loop. The low route is an easy, pretty path South of Zermatt’s high-street that takes you West down by Zmutt river. The more energetic and scenic trail is the high route. It travels through beautiful meadows, passes the hamlets of Herbrigg and Hubel and offers breath-taking views of the Matterhorn, Breithorn and the highest peak in the Mischabel range.
As an avid exercise and sight-seeing enthusiast, I, of course, took the high trail. As you can see by these incredible views, it was worth the sweat! We purchased freshly-made sandwiches from Zermatt high street and set off up the mountain. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather, the Spring warmth in May was perfect! It felt strange to be so high up in the midst of snow covered mountains in just shorts and tees.
The wooden chalets are like stepping into the past! You’ll see around 20 small cabins closely huddled together, as if to protect each other from the whims of nature. I’d recommend stopping at some of the small, snug cafés in the hamlet of Zmutt for a tea, coffee – or even a well earned pint! They also sell small plates of food, or you can take your own butties in your The Ultimate Green Store eco-friendly backpack, like we did!
The trail takes you right through the tranquil wooden houses and over the Zmuttbach river before joining a country road and descending into Furi. The walk merges with part of the Matterhorn trail and has information boards about the Matterhorn peak as well as incredible views of its North face.
Things to look out for
Along the way, you’re sure to see many beautiful stop-off points to bask in the views, a glorious herb garden, stacked rock cairns and the arch dam in the Zmutt vally. The dam retains the water of the Zmutt Glacier and the Zmuttbach river and is used to generate electricity. You can actually visit and look round the dam in the summer!
If you ever find yourself staying in Zermatt, hiking Zmutt Loop is a great, free day out! Switzerland has got to be up there with the most beautiful places I have visited, but it’s also expensive! So I’d recommend saving some money by doing a free hiking trip or taking a packed lunch, so you can spend money on the delicious delicacies and ski trips.
Another incredibly beautiful trip I immersed myself in, was a trip to see Breithorn. Check out my post here!