The triangular, pyramidal, jagged fang of rock called the Matterhorn is for good reason Europe's most recognised mountain. It’s near vertical faces and acutely sharp lines make you stare and wonder at how stunningly beautiful the world and nature can be.
Below the Matterhorn is the town of Zermatt, nestled at the end of the valley and ringed by impressive glaciered peaks. Now a chic and fashionable mountain resort with great hotels, shops and restaurants, it is still easy to find old world timber chalets that show how far Zermatt has come since it was a poor high mountain farming village inhabited only by shepherds.
Trekking in the Zermatt Valley
There are an inexhaustible number of great day hikes around Zermatt and it would be easy to spend a whole week, if not more, enjoying the valley and its superb views. Spending a night in one of the high mountain huts is also a great option to really experience the mountains at their best.
The trails for the most part are well graded but the mountains are big so the walks can be too. Help is at hand with a network of cog railways and cable cars that take you high up above the treeline into the heart of the mountains.
Zermatt has excellent walking options for all levels of trekker as well as being a great place those more inclined towards a tasty lunch at the top mountain surrounded by glaciers!
The Matterhorn Circuit
Matterhorn stands alone at 4,787 m high straddling the border of Switzerland and Italy making it the perfect mountain to walk around.
In truth there are so many stunning peaks in the area and on this 9-day circuit you’ll see twenty-five 4000 m Alpine summits. Some sections are of the route are quite remote and although we are in the heart of the Alps, you will see few other trekkers. This is a superb hike for seeing the wilder, more out-of-the-way parts of the Alps.
Swiss 4000-meter peaks
There are hundreds of different high-altitude options in the Alps for the keen walker that wants to take the next step. All trips onto glaciers need a qualified mountain guide and, depending on the difficulty of the route there may well be a maximum number of clients to each guide.
Although you will need to wear crampons, a harness and carry the appropriate equipment it is not always necessary to have previous climbing experience as many of the routes are designed to be non-technical.
These are excellent holidays in themselves or can be used as a stepping stone to more challenging peaks in the future.
If you think that we can help you to run trips in the Alps please email or phone and allow us to draw up a proposal. For us every client is different and our goal is to get it right, not just the first time but every time, and not just this year but for many years to come. We are looking forward to working with you.
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