Matterhorn

Zermatt

The majestic peak, Matterhorn 4478m high, is one of the most famous mountains in the world. 

Depending on previous experience and ambition we design a Matterhorn ascent that fits your wishes and you as a climber.

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Program

Standard program for intermediate climbers consists 2-3 days of acclimatization and preparation training, then 2-3 days for summit climbing. However, for experienced climbers that can manage their own acclimatization and preparation we offer a three day program for the summit.

DAY 1

Preparing equipment and packing. Training day on Kleines Matterhorn and traverse of Breithorn, 4165m.

DAY 2–3

Summit days. The ascent starts with a walk up to the Hörnli hut. The ascent take normally 4-6 hours. We eat breakfast at 03.30 and at 03.50 we begin our climb towards the top. In the afternoon we are back in Zermatt.

Extended Program

Together we discuss the need for extra days before or after the ascent of Matterhorn. Ad training and acclimatization days before the ascent or extra days for the summit. The ascent of Matterhorn can also be combined with other great climbs such as:

  • Mont Blanc, 4810m
  • Eiger, 3970m
  • Dufourspitze, 4634m
  • Weisshorn, 4506m
  • Aiguille Verte, 4122m
  • Dent Blanche, 4357m

We are happy to arrange Matterhorn climbs from mid July to mid September. To climb Matterhorn we need stable weather and dry conditions on the route. 

Check if we have this activity already planned in the booking calendar, if not make a request and we will get back to you soon!

Level required

Very good fitness. Matterhorn requires good rock climbing and cramponing skills and previous experience from alpine climbing in grade AD above 4000m. Our three day course “Rock Climbing Intro Weekend” is recommended for those who has limited experience from alpine rock climbing.

Guide/Client ratio

Max 1:1

Length

Minimum 3 days

Period

Mid July to mid September

Assurance

The client needs a travel and accident insurance for the implementation of this activity.

Price

650CHF/day

The prices includes rent of technical equipment(crampons, ice-axe, harness, helmet)

Note

Expenses for the guide is not included in the daily fee(lifts, travel costs, lodging etc.) The price is based on the recommended daily fee by the Swiss Bergführerverband, SBV.

Guide fee is depending on
  • Type of activity and where
  • Course seriousness and difficulty
  • Course length (day tour or bivinights included)
  • If going alone or in a bigger group
  • If booking a single day or several days
  • High season or low season

Matterhorn equipment list

Below is a recommended checklist that may change depending on conditions and choice of route. Please contact us if you need to rent anything of the list below.

Technical Equipment

Crampons, harness, ice-axe, helmet, mountain boots

Other Equipment
  • Backpack 25 liters
  • Headlamp & spare batteries
  • Warm hat & sunhat
  • Warm jacket
  • Underlayer, mid layer, extra socks
  • Jacket (wind and waterproof)
  • Trousers (wind and waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Thin and warm gloves
  • Sunglasses

  • Water bottle 1 liter
  • Snacks, Bars
  • Blister kit: Including Compeed blister plasters and elastoplast or similar
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs: If you sleep together in the dormitory at the mountain station and there is a lot of movement.’
  • Sleeping sheet for the huts

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