Around the Matterhorn in 8 days
The most famous and beautiful long haul trek of the swiss alps, 8 days touring through the valleys surrounding the Matterhorn
A beautiful yet challenging trek through the different valleys surrounding the Matterhorn. From St.Niklaus, through the valleys of Turtmann, Zinal, Moiry, Hérens, Arolla, Valpelline and Valtournenche to finally reach Zermatt after descending the famous Theodule glacier.
Together with the Tour du Mont-Blanc, this trek is part of the crown juwels of the Alpine treks. It involves 8 days of hiking through 8 valleys around the majestic Matterhorn.
trip you will have the opportunity to admire the area known as the "imperial chain", the valley where the Hérens cows live and where the famous "fight of the Queens" is originating from.
We will walk in Edward Whimper’s footsteps, who has been "scrambling the region" in the mid-19th century until he reached the Matterhorn’s summit; he crossed all the passes we'll traverse and premiered many of the summits we'll admire.
Going down to Italy, we'll admire the steep southern slopes of the Alps, whilst the "crest of the Lion", Matterhorn's famous western ridge appears in all its beauty.
On the last day, we'll climb to the Teodule Refuge from Cervinia to then descend along the glacier of the same name with the Matterhorn overlooking our finals steps into the beautiful town of Zermatt.
Daily rhythm (indicative)
Breakfast at 7:00 a.m., departure at 8:00 a.m.
On average: 1200m positive / negative elevation gain/loss each day
Almost always on mountain hiking (T3, red-white) or alpine trails (T4, white-blue)
Day 1 : Start in St. Niklaus - Topali hut (gondola the first part) 1180+/490-
Day 2 : Topali Refuge - Turtmann Refuge 750+ / 890-
Day 3 : Turtmann Refuge - Zinal 1000+ / 1000-
Day 4 : Zinal - Moiry Refuge 800+ / 800-
Day 5 : Moiry Refuge - Arolla 600+ / 1800-
Day 6 : Arolla - Prarayer Refuge 1300+ / 1300-
Day 7 : Prarayer Refuge - Cervinia 1400+ / 1900-
Day 8 : Cervinia - Zermatt 1210+ / 2090-
Tips for personal equipment
Emphasis should be placed on lightness and avoiding unnecessary weight. The weight of the bag should not exceed 7 kg, all (multi-layered clothing, underwear, fleece, gore-tex jacket). Avoid bulky jackets and cotton clothes. Put your clothes in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain. Reduce packaging as much as possible.
A list of essential equipment will be given to you at the time of your registration.
From 1700.- pp.
Min 6, Max 12
We recommend that you subscribe to a travel insurance to cover cancellation fees, as well as a Rega rescue insurance.
The tour is confirmed as soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, and can be postponed in case of bad weather conditions.
Your registration is valid after reception of payment of 50% of the fee. The remaining 50% shall be paid one week before the beginning of the trek.
100% of the costs are due in case of cancellation 10 days before the start date, and 50% for 30 days.
Our General conditions apply on topics not covered by this offer.
Guiding and explanations on region, cultural and geoligical contexts, fauna / flora etc., by a licensed Mountain leader
Half board accommodation from day of departure to final day
Lunch (picnic) from day 2 onwards (take your picnic for day 1)
Lifts where planned necessary
Train from Zermatt to St.Niklaus on the last day
Transportation to and from the starting / arrival point
Drinks and alcool beverages
Meals/food outside of the half board and picknick offerings
Travel insurance in case of cancellation