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Climb the Matterhorn 6 day course

Guided Matterhorn ascent via the Hornli ridge from Zermatt. An exceptional 6 day mountaineering course to climb the Matterhorn, the most dramatic mountain in the Alps. Climb the ridge from the Hornli Hut to reach the summit of your dreams: the Matterhorn.

CLIMB THE MOST ICONIC MOUNTAIN IN THE ALPS

Matterhorn is on a bucket list of every alpinist.

SMALL GROUPS

Groups of 4 participants maximum = more flexibility.

LOW GUIDING RATIO

Four days of our course are run on the 2:1 and 1:1 guiding ratio basis. This allows climbing longer and more technical routes during the preparation days.

GUIDED MATTERHORN ASCENT VIA THE HORNLI RIDGE FROM ZERMATT

Chamonix Experience mountain and ski guides would be delighted to guide you on this long and demanding climb that is every mountaineer’s dream!

Mount Matterhorn

The Matterhorn (also known as Monte Cervino in Italian or Mont Cervin in French) is probably the most iconic mountain in the Alps; the typical pyramid shape of the Matterhorn summit is familiar even to those who don’t have any mountaineering background. This 4478m high mountain is located in the Swiss alpine region of Zermatt in the Pennine Alps on the border between two countries, Italy and Switzerland.

History of the Matterhorn

This extraordinary mountain is famous not only for its place in mountaineering history, but also for its striking shape and the beautifully exposed climbing it offers. The Matterhorn remained for a long time the unclimbed dream summit of all alpinists; its technical difficulty combined with the impressive appearance of the steep walls made all the early climbers turn back. It was not until 14 July 1865 when a team led by British mountaineer Edward Whymper succeeded to reach the summit. They succeeded by a route which is today the normal route, known as the Hörnli ridge. The first Matterhorn summit came at a terrible price; four of the team climbers – Douglas Hadow, Michel Croz, Lord Francis Douglas and Charles Hudson – fell tragically to their deaths on the descent. Even today, Matterhorn is a very respected mountain by all alpinists. Climbing the Matterhorn requires good levels of fitness, climbing experience and determination.

Our Matterhorn Climbing Course

We have created a 6-day course for groups of up to 4 persons or private individuals to climb Matterhorn. The actual ascent from the Hornli hut normally takes 2 full days. Our 6 day programme includes crucial preparation time for acclimatising and training on warm-up routes. These days will give you a chance to practice moving quickly on similar steep and technical terrain, before tackling the Matterhorn itself. Our UIAGM qualified mountain guides will work with you on your rock climbing skills and foot work with and without crampons, rope work skills and the basic glacier travel techniques. You will climb classic alpine routes around Chamonix and Courmayeur in Italy.

The last two days of the course will be spent in Zermatt. By this point, you should have the required level of rock and ice climbing and be well acclimatised. The route that we normally use to climb the Matterhorn is the Hörnli Ridge, which offers sustained climbing on a relatively difficult and continuously exposed ridge. This is one of the easiest Matterhorn itineraries and is the first route to be opened on the Matterhorn. At 4478m, climbing this magnificent summit requires a careful technique and efficient movement, not to mention commitment and endurance. The route is 1200m long, so you need to be able to move fast and efficiently on technical terrain to have any chance of reaching the summit within a safe timescale. A big part of the climb is low-grade rock climbing with and/or without crampons over exposed terrain. The descent follows the same route so you will have to climb back down exactly what you have climbed up.

Our Matterhorn mountaineering course is created and calculated for small groups. While this increases the cost of the course, it has significant advantages for you and the success of your summit attempt. Except for the first day, the preparation days will be run on 3:1 and 2:1 client to guide ratio basis, which allows a more personal approach from your mountain guide and more rapid progress in your training. It also allows greater flexibility to focus on whichever techniques you need to improve the most. The Matterhorn ascent has a 1:1 client to guide ratio, which will guarantee you the full attention of your mountain guide and a much greater chance of success.

Climb Matterhorn Private Trip

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you prefer private 1:1 guiding – we would be delighted to create a custom-made programme and budget to meet your needs. Our mountain guides will work with you to plan a trip that will help you achieve your goals and exceed your expectations. As well as planning your training and itinerary, we can also assist with booking accommodation and organising all aspects of your trip – all you have to do is contact us and we’ll take care of the rest!

From: 4580 €

Advanced

  • Summit guiding ratio 1:1
  • 6 days of climbing
  • Available mid July – September
  • 2 nights on huts
  • Epic adventure

Dates

Climb the Matterhorn 6 day course
Start dateEnd dateSpacePrice
Sunday 21 July 2024
Friday 26 July 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 28 July 2024
Friday 2 August 2024
Two more to guarantee
4580 €
Sunday 4 August 2024
Friday 9 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 11 August 2024
Friday 16 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 18 August 2024
Friday 23 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 25 August 2024
Friday 30 August 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 1 September 2024
Friday 6 September 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 8 September 2024
Friday 13 September 2024
Available
4580 €

Dates

Climb the Matterhorn 6 day course
Start dateEnd dateSpacePrice
Sunday 21 July 2024
Friday 26 July 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 28 July 2024
Friday 2 August 2024
Two more to guarantee
4580 €
Sunday 4 August 2024
Friday 9 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 11 August 2024
Friday 16 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 18 August 2024
Friday 23 August 2024
Guaranteed
4580 €
Sunday 25 August 2024
Friday 30 August 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 1 September 2024
Friday 6 September 2024
Available
4580 €
Sunday 8 September 2024
Friday 13 September 2024
Available
4580 €
Clothing
Mountaineering boots
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Warm hat
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Thermal underwear
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Fleece or woollen layers
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Light puffer jacket
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Windproof and waterproof jacket
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Windproof and waterproof trousers
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Warm gloves
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Thin gloves
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Gaiters
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Sun hat
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Climbing shoes
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Climbing pants
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Approach shoes
Technical gear
Ice axe
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Climbing harness
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Ski goggles
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Screwgate carabiner x3
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Belay device
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Climbing helmet
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Crampons
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Telescopic poles
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25 – 30 litres rucksack
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Lanyard
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60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik
Other essentials
Sunglasses
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Water bottle – Ideally two 1L bottles
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Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)
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Headlamp with fresh batteries
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Earplugs
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Sleeping bag liner – lightweight
Included in price

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide. All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

Mountain huts

2 nights  in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above.

Transport

Any transport that is required during the course including the return trip from Chamonix to Zermatt.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not included in price

Personal Equipment

Please see the “Equipment” tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.