Only a few trail races make every Swiss trail runner's "Must Do" list, but Matterhorn Ultraks is always one of them. This well-organized race incorporates some of the best trail running terrain to be found anywhere in the country - and it all takes place practically at the foot of the Matterhorn. Ultraks is part of the International Skyrunning Series of races, so the event always includes some of the best mountain runners from dozens of countries. We're very excited to team with Doug Mayer from Run the Alps
to offer this unique Zermatt Matterhorn guided trail running adventure.
We'll start the week by spending 2 days in the hot springs resort of Leukerbad, where we'll take in some quiet alpine trails, and have fun with the Gemmi challenge to the top of the famed, serpentine mountain pass. After Leukerbad, we'll head across the Rhône valley to beautiful Zermatt, arguably the most famous mountain town in the world. We'll run sections of the upcoming Ultraks Skyrunning trail race
and other great routes, and enjoy all that Zermatt has to offer. Zermatt is surrounded by a stunning collection of 4,000 meter peaks, with a network of trails leading up into high meadows, through quiet hanging valleys, and through some of the most iconic and powerful mountain scenery imaginable.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for a full day of trail running. Soon we'll be out on the trail, perhaps 6 miles for those who want a more casual day, or an all-day outing of 12 miles for the more ambitious runners. Each morning, we'll bring out a variety of trail snacks for you to choose from, and many of our runs will include stops at mountain huts or alp farms where we can tank up with a hot soup or fruit torte.
Most of our days will be leisurely, with plenty of stops to take in the view, visit at local huts, and take photos. We should finish each day with plenty of time to wash up and relax. You will have your own bedroom every night. In the evening we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often featuring local Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one dinner in Zermatt free, where you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Dates don't work? Check out our Eiger Ultra
, or Bernese Oberland
trail running tours.