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Matterhorn Hornli Ridge and Zermatt day trips

Overview

Just about every mountaineer wants to climb the Matterhorn at some point. We'll do it...and then some.

$4,550 Per Person
5 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
2:1

Trip Information

$4,550
Price is based on 2 climbers. Please call us for pricing for a single climber. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com

Just about every mountaineer wants to climb the Matterhorn at some point. We will do that and then some.  Martin Volken is a Zermatt Valley native and he can cater this trip to your liking. Any route on the Matterhorn, Weisshorn? Dent Blanche? Or more tucked away gems like the Grand Cornier? Let us know what interests you and we will try to make it happen. We suggest an itinerary, but this can be altered very easily and we would be happy to customize it for you. Customization happens on a "first come first customize basis"...

Duration: 5
Ratio: 2:1
Difficulty Level:
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Overall Difficulty: Difficult

Skills Required: Prior mountaineering experience required; one should have glacier travel experience, solid cramponing and rock climbing skills up to 5.6 YDS. Continuous movement in exposed terrain should not be a problem. Elementary rope handling skills such as tying in, rappelling and belaying are required.

Fitness Required: Excellent physical fitness; you should be able to hike or climb for more than six hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 pounds and ascend 4,000 to 5,000 feet of vertical gain per day for up to a week


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Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary:
Day one:
We will meet at the Hotel City in Zermatt, go over a quick gear check and then take the Gornergrat train to the scenic Riffelhorn. This day is a pretty casual with minimal approach time and alpine rock climbing up to 5.8, but with very spectacular scenery and great rock. Bring a good camera. We will sleep back at the Hotel City in Zermatt.
Day two:
An impressive gondola ride will bring us up to the Klein Matterhorn at over 3,800 meters. From here we have to traverse the Breithorn Plateau to the base of our objective on the South side of the Breithorn. The climb across the Breithorn Ridge is exposed and spectacular (summit is at 4,164 meters).
Day three:
After two days of climbing, the relatively easy hike to the Matterhornhut via Schwarzsee will be rather welcome. It takes about 2 hours to reach the hut at about 3,200 meters.
Day four:
We will get up at 3:30am and depart the hut by 4am at the latest. The starting pace can be hectic, but this subsides after about 30 minutes. Our total ascent time to the 4,478 meters summit should be somewhere around 4.5 hours. The descent time takes just about the same amount of time. We will be back at the hut in the early afternoon, take a good break and then descend to Zermatt.
Day five:
This day is built into the program as a rest and or weather day. If conditions are right and the participants are still up for a climb, we could summit peaks like the Weissmiess (4,023 meters) via the North Ridge, the Laquin (4,011 meters) via the South Ridge, maybe Monte Rosa will be in shape instead of the Matterhorn. It will be a physically intense week and you can expect to experience a lot of mountain time.

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Pricing

$4,550
per person
Price is based on 2 climbers. Please call us for pricing for a single climber. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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If booking a domestic trip that is over 30 days away or an international trip that is over 60 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 30 or more days before domestic trips or 60 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 30 days of the start of domestic trips or 60 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

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FAQs

What is the easiest way to get to Zermatt?

You can fly into Zurich or Geneva. Both airports feature state of the art train stations right under or next to the baggage claim area. Trains leave every hour.

Where will we stay in Zermatt?

We have good friends in Zermatt who own the Hotel City. Christoph and Anja are avid outdoor people themselves (Christoph is a mountain guide as well). They are friendly and super helpful in pre-trip condition updates.

Have you guided the Matterhorn before?

Yes, Martin has guided the Matterhorn about 20 times and any guide hired for this trip will have experience on the Matterhorn.

What if the weather does not cooperate?

That, of course, is a possibility. We can do our part by being prepared. Since we are from the area, we have many alternative options. We will be mobile. You up your chances of succeeding on the Matterhorn by essentially being prepared to climb it right way if you have to. This means that the first three days are not treated as a learn to alpine climb phase.

What are good preparatory climbs?

Examples of good prep climbs include Forbidden Peak West Ridge and the North Cascades Mountaineering Courses.

Should I tip my guide?

Although tipping is not a requirement, it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or a flat amount that you are comfortable with.

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