Night castor & pollux
This two days are ideal if you have climbed the Breithorn and you like to do something more challenging. The overnight stay in the Ayas hut with its italien ambience will be an unforgettable experience.
Demand: technical intermediate, fitness intermediate, experience with crampons.
Max 2 clients per mountain guide.
2 days mountain guide
1 overnight stay with half board in the Ayas hut
Los Tres Grandes (THE THREE BIG oneS)
This is a beautiful combination climbing the highest peak in western Europe, the most striking peak of the alps and one of the most mysterious and dramatic mountains in the planet.
After a few days of acclimatization we will ascend/traverse Mt. Blanc. After this great climb we will be in good shape to climb the Matterhorn “Hornli Ridge”, and traverse the Eiger via the Mittellegi Ridge.
Participants must be in top physical condition with previous experience in mountaineering. There will be many long days on snow, rock and ice.
1 guide 1 client
MATTERHORN ASCENT WITH A PRIVATE MOUNTAIN GUIDE
You have already summited a lot of 4,000-metre peaks, are regularly hiking and climbing and are extremely fit; also, you are an experienced rock climber and alpine mountaineer who feels comfortable climbing with crampons on rock and ice? In addition, you are already acclimatised as you've recently done a high-altitude tour?
Then look forward to a fantastic day on the mountain of your dreams!
Briefing on the evening prior to the ascent and guiding by a private guide.
As the normal route via the Hörnli ridge is quite difficult to find, we strongly recommend that you book a mountain guide even if you're an experienced alpine mountaineer! For safety reasons, the Matterhorn ascent is guided on a 1:1 ratio only.
The best time for climbing the Matterhorn is from July to October. The actual day of your ascent, however, depends on the prevailing snow and weather conditions.
On the day before your ascent you will meet up with your guide at the Hörnli Hut in the early evening hours. After a short night, you will start your ascent early the next morning when it's still dark, between 4am and 5.30am. We reach the summit in a total of about four hours. The descent takes about four hours as well.
Matterhorn approx. 8 hours
Training tours: approx. 4-5 hours
Best season for the ascent
Between mid-July and mid-September*
*(depending on snow conditions, it might be possible to ascend the Matterhorn as early as the end of June and as late as the beginning of October; just ask!)
From May, i. e. approximately 1-2 months in advance; short-term registration is possible subject to availability.
All participants must arrange their own insurance (accident insurance and evacuation insurance).
You will need to acclimatise for several days doing hikes in high altitudes, have a great level of fitness, be comfortable climbing with crampons on rock and ice, and be an experienced rock climber; covering 500 vertical metres per hour in a high-altitude environment isn't a problem for you.
To ensure proper acclimatisation as well as a good level of fitness it is best to undertake intensive training in the surroundings of Zermatt (hiking up between 1,000 and 1,500 vertical metres per day, covering 650 vertical metres per hour)
It is essential that you have a very good level of fitness well before you arrive in Zermatt. You also have to be familiar with alpine rock climbing techniques (grade IV) and with using crampons on snow and ice, both in ascent AND descent.
As you register, please inform us about the tours you have done so far and which are relevant for ascending the Matterhorn (climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc cannot be compared to climbing the Matterhorn, as there is no rock climbing involved in either of these tours).
The cable car rides are not included in the price. There are special multiple-day passes available; for further information please go to www.matterhornparadise.ch
Crampon-compatible hiking boots with a profiled, stiff Vibram outsole, crampons, hiking/ski pole with basket, ice axe (not for use on the Matterhorn), helmet, head lamp, silk sleeping bag liner for the overnight stay at the Hörnli Hut (available for rent), weatherproof clothing (incl. gloves, hat, and sunglasses).
In case you don't have your own climbing equipment: everything is available for rent from various sports shops in Zermatt.
Not included on the price
Overnight stay at the hut including half-board for you and your guide (CHF 150.-- per person), equipment, sleeping bag liner, cable car rides Zermatt-Schwarzsee and back.
Please note that safety is always our first priority; therefore, we recommend that you take part in a training tour and obtain your guide's approval even if you are an experienced mountaineer.
In case you have overestimated your abilities and aren't properly prepared for this kind of terrain or are moving too slowly, jeopardizing the safe progress of the tour, your mountain guide may choose to suspend the tour at his/her discretion.