I think Hohbalmen is one of the best hikes in Zermatt. And for some reason, I don’t know why, I’ve never written out a route description of it for our self-guided tours. I guess it’s because we often send people here for 4 days, and if you’re going to hike Hohbalmen you’re going to cover 2 areas that are great on their own (Trift and Zmutt). That, and it’s a pretty big hike (about 3300 ft up and back), which is fine for many of our hikers, but also too much for quite a few of them too. But I have something like 200 different hikes written up for Switzerland, and Hohbalmen is a classic one… we need to add it. So I hiked up this morning to check out the route again, write down what all the signposts say, and get the info I need to write an accurate description.
It also makes me think of one of my (minor) frustrations, that a lot of my clients coming for what might be their first and perhaps only trip to Switzerland… they don’t want to come to Zermatt. They think it’s too busy and crowded. My Zermatt tours never really sell that well (at least compared to the Bernese Oberland and Chamonix), and I’m constantly thinking, what am I doing wrong here? Zermatt’s incredible, and I feel like somehow I’m not getting that across in our website descriptions and emails that I send to folks.
Well, it is busy and crowded. Bustling and vibrant, and many other adjectives along that same vein. And today, in fact, the Zermatt Ultraks races are going on and the village is packed. But the hotels are among the very best anywhere. The town has a lot of charm (it’s car-free with electric taxis zipping around), and there are tons of trails, and oh yeah, mountains. Lot’s of them. Including the Matterhorn, which is very famous for a very, very good reason.
I think it’s worth seeing, unequivocally. So I took some video of my hike today up near the top of Hohbalmen. Take a look and tell me what you think.