1-4 September 2021
UTMR crossing the Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke

Stage 1: Grächen to Zermatt

41 km on the Europaweg: views of 4000m peaks abound, and you cross the famous and awesome 495m-long Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge!

The Monte Rosa Stage Race takes you on the UTMR course in four stages, and that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Big plus: you see the terrain in daylight hours and enjoy the spectacular scenery. You enjoy comfortable alpine village hospitality in the evenings so you can give your best effort out on the course, then discuss the adventure with friends over a 3-course meal.

There’s a lot of ahead of you – four tough mountain marathons back to back, day after day.

Route summary

From Grächen there’s an easy and enjoyable first 10 km on forest trails right down to the valley floor. Look up to your left – high on the mountainside is the Europaweg, which is a 1100m straight up steep climb, so prepare yourself mentally! Enjoy the feeling of being up high. The first checkpoint at Europahütte will offer relief. From here a short descent to cross “the bridge” – a definite highlight. From here it’s a mix of small technical sections, runnable trails, climbs and descents, which bring Zermatt and the Matterhorn ever closer. Note where stage 2’s route goes, and consider cancelling your finish sprint.

Stage 1 highlights

  • Crossing the Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke
  • Views of the Matterhorn
  • Exploring Zermatt’s historical streets
1 Sep, 2021
41 km
Time limit
12 hours

From space

UTMR google earth stage 1 track 2021 4k web

About “the bridge”

Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke video

Stage profile

UTMR stage race 1
A little word to make you want to run this exceptional race. This is a very wild course with fantastic landscapes and all these summits at over 4000m. Keep it in a corner of the mind for years to come …
Sébastien Chaigneau The North Face

How it looks!

A selection of race images from Stage 1 across the years. Click to enlarge and use < and > to navigate through.

About Zermatt

Zermatt town in summer

Zermatt is a special place. Car-free and accessible only by foot and train (like many Swiss mountain villages), it’s peaceful and pleasurable to wander around in, even with tired running legs.

On a clear evening, sunset over the Matterhorn from a viewpoint is a treat.

Find out everything you need to know at www.zermatt.ch

Checkpoints, Distances, Elevation & cutoff times

Check points km Cum. km Altitude m m Cutoff time Refreshments* Drop out possible? Medical
Grächen 0.0 0.0 1621 ↑ 0 ↓ 0
Europahütte 21.0 21.0 2266 ↑ 2298 ↓ 1719
Täschalp 9.3 30.3 2172 ↑ 621 ↓ 705
Zermatt (Finish) 10.1 40.4 1600 ↑ 286 ↓ 774
  • Water
  • Light snack
  • Meal (pasta etc)

PDF maps

 PDF Map A 1:50,000    PDF Map B 1:50,000    PDF Map 1:100,000  

GPS tracks

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