The pyramid-like shape of the Matterhorn makes it instantly recognisable to everyone. The ascent of its north face was considered as one of the last great exploits in alpinism in the Alps, along with the Eiger and the Grandes Jorasses. Its four sides meet 400 meters below the summit in an ultimate pyramid-shaped point called “the roof”.
The summit is a large arête of around 2 meters in width by 250 meters in length, on which we can distinguish two summits : the Swiss summit to the east which culminates at 4477m, and the Italian summit on the western part of the arête which culminates at 4476m. They are separated by a hollow cove in which a cross was placed in September 1901.
It is here around this mythical peak that we will undertake a magnificent trek in altitude which will allow us to admire the Matterhorn from every angle while discovering two different communities and two different cultures. The entire trek takes place at an altitude of between 2000m and 3330m in wild landscapes rich with Alpine flora and fauna. The accommodation has been chosen for its “mountain” atmosphere.
This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.
For any further information, please contact Déborah.
Day 1 : CHAMONIX – AROLLA
Morning transfer to the picturesque village of Les Hauderes in the Val d’Herens. Preamble through the village before the hike, which will take us to Lake Bleu and the hamlet of Arolla.
Up : 650m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00
Day 2 : AROLLA - VALPELLINE
A fabulous day on the Arolla glacier under the North and East faces of Mont Collon. We cross the itinerary of the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, near the Collon mountain pass which gives access to Italy. The descent follows some pretty torrents and through alpine meadows to reach our welcoming Valdotaine auberge of Prarayer, located near the lake Place Moulin.
Up : 1175m / Down : 1150m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 3 : VALPELLINE - VALTOURNENCHE
We hike up the Valcornera comb, the most desolate part of the Tour of the Matterhorn, in order to reach the Valcornera mountain pass which gives a magnificent view of the lakes near our mountain hut. The difficult descent is equipped with a handrail to help us reach the small but pleasant Perruca mountain hut. The afternoon will be devoted to observing the mountain ibex in these wonderful surroundings.
Up : 1135m / Down : 250m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 4 : VALTOURNENCHE - REFUGE THÉODULE
Some beautiful waterfalls punctuate the descent towards Lake Cignana. On the bends in the path rich with edelweiss, the view of the Matterhorn and the Mont Rose is simply stunning. After visiting Cervinia we will take the cable car for a trek under the Matterhorn and the Italian/Swiss border where we will find the Théodule mountain hut, whose panoramic dining room has breathtaking views of the Lion ridge.
Up : 400m / Down : 900m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 5 : REFUGE THÉODULE - ZERMATT
The scenery around 4000m is spectacular. We are right next to the Matterhorn and can pick out the classic route of the Hörnli ridge. We descend towards the green pastures in Zmutt, situated under the North Face, in order to reach Zermatt.
Down : 1700m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 6 : ZERMATT - RANDA
From Zermatt, we head towards the Täsch meadows following an amazing footpath cut out of the rock face and protected by ropes and tunnels. The view of the prestigious Weisshorn is quite remarkable. End of the trek in Randa.
Up : 700m / Down : 800m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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LEVEL : Around the Matterhorn hiking trip is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
ACCOMMODATION : 4 nights in mountain huts and auberges, 1 night in a basic hotel (in dormitory). Each hiker carries daily his personal belongings, and the picnic.
GUIDING : Maximum 10 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.
MEETING PLACE : At 8H30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix on Day 1. Or meet the group at 10H30 in Les Hauderes (Switzerland). You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
No scheduled date for this summer.
PRICE : Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.
Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :
The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)
The picnic lunches
Transfers throughout the trek
Shuttle from Chamonix and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
Note : Due to the elevation of the trek, a good equipment is strongly advised.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : email@example.com