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Legendary summit Matterhorn

Duration: 5 days

Level 1: You have never practiced.

Level 2: You have some initial experience.

Level 3: You practice occasionally.

Level 4: You practice regularly.

Level 5: You have a sustained practice.

Price from: 3 310€
For more information, contact Pôle Alpinisme :
General information

Thanks to the purity of its contours and the impressive verticality of its rock walls, the Matterhorn symbolises the ideal mountain that every alpinist dreams of climbing one day. Its first ascent in 1865, despite its tragic outcome (several members of the party, including the Chamonix guide Michel Croz, died on the descent) had a huge impact. Its north face together with those of the Eiger and Grandes Jorasses form the famous Alpine trio. The Hörnli Ridge forms the normal route on the Matterhorn. This is a magnificent climb, mainly over rock, and at a moderate level of difficulty. We propose a four-day programme for what is without doubt a great mountain journey. To guarantee optimal conditions, you will be climbing alone with your guide for those four days. This package means you get personalised tips and advice with great flexibility to maximise your chance of success.

This trip is part of a series of programs that we set for you to climb the iconic peaks of the Alps. We have selected a route together with a specific preparatory package for each peak. Each route chosen is universally recognised as unmissable. Thanks to our unique centre of expertise, we can also guide you on other routes. So don’t hesitate to dream big, as our expertise is at your service to help you make your dreams come true.

Private booking

Private booking is the historical relationship that binds a guide to his/her client. It allows you to be alone, or in a constituted group, with your guide that meets your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on the availability of the huts) and the itinerary can be adjusted, according to your specific expectations.

Dates : From the end of June to Mid-September

Price 2024 : 3310€ per person

Included in the package :
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- two half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- transfer go & back Day 1&2 - Day 4&5,
- lift access as per programme,

Not included in the package :
- personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros and Swiss Francs)
- take out lunches and daily snacks
- nights in the Chamonix valley
- cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix)
- personal technical equipment

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).

Meeting point : Departure on day 1 is at 8.30am from the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.

Fitness level : Suitable for individuals in excellent physical condition. Participants should be prepared for 10 to 12 hours of physical effort.

Technical level : A solid background in mountaineering, and robust physical fitness are prerequisites for this ascent. Proficiency in climbing, with a minimum grade of 4+, is essential.

Guiding policy : One participant per guide. This guiding policy ensures high-quality guiding services

Accommodation : Half-board in huts for 2 nights.
Benefit from specials prices with our hotel partners in Chamonix.

Documentation : Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.


We recommend you take particular care over you choice of equipment, as it plays a large role in the success of your trip. Weight is critical, and you must always evaluate the weight-to-comfort ratio to find the best compromise.
- 35-litre backpack
- High-altitude mountaineering boots that are not too tight, rentable
- Ice-climbing shoes, rentable
- Gaiters, if needed for your trousers ,
- Telescopic trekking poles, rentable
- Crampons with anti-balling plates; helmet, harness and straight ice axe, rentable
- Bring the technical equipment you have (figure of eight, locking carabiners…).
- Warm hat that can be worn under a helmet,
- Sun hat or cap,
- Neck protection such as a ‘Buff’,
- ‘Micro-fibre’ style long-sleeve base layer,
- Fleece,
- ‘Gore Tex’ style shell jacket with hood, rentable
- Down jacket,
- Base layer leggings,
- Durable summer mountaineering trousers (not ski trousers),
- ‘Gore Tex’ style over-trousers, rentable
- Warm specialist walking socks ,
- Lightweight specialist walking socks,
- Ski gloves or good quality mitts,
- Leather or fleece gloves,
- Change of clothes at your discretion
- Category 4 sunglasses
- Ski goggles
- Headtorch plus spare batteries
- Sheet sleeping bag*
- Water bottle (minimum 1.5l) and thermos bottle
- Personalised first aid kit with a minimum of: sun cream, lip balm, cotton buds, blister kit, antisickness medication
- Watertight bag to contain your ID/passport and Euros
Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & CoConcept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet




Day 1 and Day 2 : Acclimatisation routes with a night in the Torino Hut (3370m)
These first two days give your body the essential time it requires to adapt to altitude. They are also an opportunity to develop a real sense of partnership with your guide. If by the end of this period your guide feels that you are not yet ready to tackle to Verte, he or she can guide you towards another objective.
Day 1: Gentle start and meet your guide. South-west couloir of the Aiguilles Marbrées (3535m). Night in Torino Hut.
Day 2: Ascent of Gervasutti Couloir on the Tour Ronde (3793m). The view from the summit over the Italian side of Mont Blanc is breathtaking! Descent via normal route.
Day 3 : Rest/spare day depending on weather conditions.
Day 4 : Ascent to Hörnli Hut (3260m)
Leave Zermatt mid-morning. Ascend to the hut from the Schwarzsee station (2583m), which we reach using the lift system. Reconnoitre the first fixed ropes that we will use the following night. 2½ hours walking.

Day 5 : Ascent of Matterhorn via Hörnli Ridge with descent via same route
We leave the hut in the early morning. The Hörnli Ridge is a long route mainly consisting in mixed rock tiers interspersed with steeper sections equipped with fixed ropes. The final section is a 40º snow slope. Descent is via the same route downclimbing and using rappels to reach the hut. We return to Zermatt via the Schwartzsee lift system and continue on to Chamonix. 8-10 hours walking return trip hut-to-hut.

This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route

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CO2 emitted per person for the activity: 179 kg. Learn out more about the footprint calculation of this activity

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