Oberrothorn, Zermatt

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The Oberrothorn is a mountain of the Swiss Pennine Alps, overlooking Zermatt in the canton of Valais. Its summit can be easily reached via a trail on its southern flank, from the Unterrothorn cable car station or from Sunnegga.Claims are often made that the Oberrothorn has one of the highest hiking trails in the Alps, or that it's the highest Alpine summit which can be walked up. Such statements are subjective, but do reflect the mountain's unusual accessibility for an Alpine summit of its height.Due to its location to the east of Zermatt, hikers on the main route up and down the mountain are afforded excellent views of the Matterhorn, across the valley, with the popular Hornli Ridge ascent route being prominent.
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  • Nice walk from Rothorn and up. also on a hit the mountain buck on the way down. Great views from the top-both to the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa plateau. Nice path up, but you have to endure some heights and steep cliffs.
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  • The views are amazing on the Matterhorn and the Valley, I got walked when I was young. The walk is very nice, need more than five hours if you are very well trained, I think it is worth if you have forces to do so, it is pretty hard.
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  • The mountain that we photograph obviously was Cervino or Matterhorn, but the Oberrothorn also has its beauty!
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