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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • guided alpine walk
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in mountain refuges/gîte-hostels dormitory style
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$1550USD

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Overview

Trip Code: MAT

Trip highlights


  • Circumnavigating the Matterhorn
  • Experiencing the exhilaration of trekking in the European Alps
  • Traversing high passes and walking through typical villages
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Raclette
  • Sharing your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

The Matterhorn, or Cervin, is one of the world's most renowned and historical mountains. A near perfect pyramid, it stands at an altitude of 4478m above sea level, and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular alpine scenery and typical Swiss villages. The trail around the Matterhorn crosses between Italy and Switzerland, adding a cultural dimension to the journey. With high passes and steep ascents aided by steel ropes it is one of our more challenging hikes. However, with a good level of fitness and prior outdoor experience, this is an immensely rewarding traverse affording spectacular views throughout including some of the highest peaks in the Alps such as Dent Blanche (4357m) and Zinalrothorn (4221m).

Trip Grading

challenging

More info about grading system

This morning at 9:30am (time to be confirmed before departure) we rendezvous with the group at St Niklaus, and have a briefing with our guide before commencing the ‘Tour du Cervin’, the official name for our 6 day walk. The first day is tough as the route begins with an ascent across high mountain pastures with awesome views to 4000m peaks from the village of Saas-Fee. The ascent continues to the Augsbordpass pass (2894m/9495ft) and then down into the Turtmann Valley through the forest. Overnight Grüben (+938m/3077ft, -1075m/3527ft)

Meals:  L,D

Today's walk takes us to the chalets of the high mountain pasture of Chalteberg to take advantage of a magnificent view over the glacier of Turtmann. The pass of Forcletaz (2874m/9429ft) will be the highest point of the day, having crossed the linguistic boundary between the German-speaking and French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the direction of Zinal by the High mountain pastures of Nava and Barneuza. En route visit the villages of Zinal and Grimmentz in the Zinal Valley. (+1056m/3465ft, -1239m/4065ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's walk includes the pass of Sorbois and the stunning valley of Moiry. Walking up to the pass of Tsaté (2868m/9409ft) this long hike includes numerous ascents and descents to reach Haudères in the Val d'Hérens. Descend to the village where you will have continuous views of the Dent d’Hérens and the Dent Blanche. During your walk through the flowered meadows today you will be surrounded by the famous peaks of Zinalrothorn (4221m/13,848ft), Obergabelhorn (4063m/13,330ft) and Dent Blanche (4357m/14,295ft). (+971m/3185ft, -1244m/4081ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

Walk to the Hut Bertol then the Plans of Bertol which opens up to the Arolla Glacier. We cross the glacier which has a small slope and doesn’t require technical equipment. This is the historic road that once connected two valleys, used by caravans between Switzerland and Italy by the Collon pass (3082m/10,111ft). We enter the valley of Aoste with a magical arrival into the Italian hamle of Prarayer and the emerald lake of Place Moulin. (+1034m/3392ft, -1064m/3491ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a wild and alpine stage, far from the modern world; it is the longest and the most technical stage of this tour. Thanks to metal ladders, we reach the pass of Valcournera (3066m/10,059ft). Having followed a magnificent waterfall and crossed the torrent of Tsignanaz we arrive at the window of Cigagnaga. The Matterhorn appears in all its beauty. (+1062m/3484ft, -1133m/3717ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

Grand Passage: the Théodule pass that brings us back into Switzerland. All day, we will follow the Matterhorn using the most famous passage of the western Alps. The arrival into Zermatt (around 4pm) with its wonderful location at the foot of the Matterhorn is a highlight of the day. (-1645m/5397ft)

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch is picnic style - (Swiss cheese, cold cuts, vegetables and fresh fruit). Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which may include regional specialties (eg Fondu or Rösti)
  • 5 nights accommodation in mountain refuges / gîte hostels on a dormitory share basis (upgrade to 1 night dorms, 4 nights double rooms - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (max 15kgs)
  • Experienced mountain guide

  • Travel to St Niklaus and from Zermatt
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage - we can arrange to transfer your bag from St Niklaus throught to Zermatt at the end of the walk on a request basis, please contact your consultant
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Grading

challenging  

CHALLENGING – GRADE 5 The daily guided walks are around 5-8 hours. There are many challenging stages during the walk with steep uphills, descents, and sections of the trail which require care. Daily ascents are between 768 and 1062m whilst descents range up to 1645m. There is a non technical glacier crossing and some pass crossings using ladders and cables. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need an excellent level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for experienced walkers only, with a strong walking pace. Early in the season (June) you may encounter snow on the passes which may be quite deep making the walk more difficult. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds. The route is subject to modification depending on the conditions. As with all our challenging programs, we expect participants to be regular outdoors people, enjoying aerobic sport around four or five times a week over some period of time. Preferably this has been a long term interest but if not, you have set a program of fitness preparation with at least three months lead in time to your trip. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance walking with and without a pack. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. At the same time, you are also comfortable with the layers you like to wear and footwear. Important note: good quality walking boots with ankle support are a pre-requisite for your participation. Runners or shoes without ankle support are not suitable for the conditions encountered on this walk.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
A minimum of 2 people travelling together is required when booking the room option. Contact our team for more details.
DN2
Walking boots with good ankle support are a requirement for this walk.
DN3
Please ensure you read the downloadable trip notes prior to booking.

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Total Priceper person from

$1550USD

Options & Supplements*
  • double room supplement - 1 night dorm/ 4 nights double where availableUSD$280
*Prices listed are per person

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