This trip should appeal to the aspiring mountaineer and anyone who wants to challenge themselves and learn plenty of new skills across the week. If you have climbed Mont Blanc or the Monterosa before but maybe feel the Matterhorn is a bit of a stretch then this trip is for you.
In the shadow of the Matterhorn and with distance views to Grand Combin and Mont Blanc this is surely one of the great mountaineering circuits to complete.
The exact itinerary will be decided by a guide depending on weather and snow conditions.
Arrive in Zermatt, check-in to the hotel, meet the guide for our welcome meeting and overnight in the hotel.
From the Rifugio Gnifetti, we climb Ludwigshohe 4,341m and Parrotspitze 4,432m. A great traverse linking all the peaks, it's not especially difficult but the sustained altitude will make the going tough! If time will allow we may climb lower Italian summits, such as Piramide Vincent (4,215m), a relatively straight forward snow ascent from the Rifugio.
From here we head to the Margharita hut, perched at 4,554m the highest refuge in Europe, where you overnight. If not possible you will go back to Gnifetti/Mantova hut.
From the Margharita hut, we aim to climb in good conditions Zumsteinspitze - Dufourspitze 4,634m. This is a narrow ridge where a head for heights is essential and a fine end to the weeks climbing.
From here we descend to Zermatt so you can catch a late train to Geneva.
The price includes:
4 guided days
guide’s fees and expenses
4 nights of HB accommodation
The price does not include:
lunches and drinks
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Zermatt is a charming alpine village. It is car-free and reached only by a 15 minute train journey from the valley station of Tasch. As you would expect given its location it is one of Europe's main centres of alpinism and is a bustling town in both winter and summer.
Surely there is no more dramatic sight in the Alps than the distinctive shape of the Matterhorn! At 4,478m it may not be the highest mountain in the Alps, but it is easily the most recognised.
All three of Zermatt's main ski areas soar to at least 3,100m. Good snow conditions are almost guaranteed and there are some superb long runs back down to the village. At 3,883m the Klein Matterhorn lift is one of the highest cable car in the world. The ski down from here is almost 13 kilometres - with 2,200 vertical metres of varied descent. Zermatt has extensive off-piste terrain and thanks to the extremely high altitude and abundance of north facing slopes, powder snow can still be found many days after it falls. In spring especially, huge areas of both powder and spring snow can be found off piste.
Zermatt is the Alps' biggest heliskiing center and its helicopter pad in the village is very busy during the winter months. Many of the runs do not require excellent skiing ability. The scenery, as you'd expect, is truly spectacular.
Our top reasons to visit Zermatt
Resort Height: 1,650m
Highest Lift: 3,883m
Nearest Airport: Zurich or Geneva
Transfer Options: We recommend you take the train from Zurich or Geneva airport to Zermatt. Connections are regular and the its takes approximatly 4hrs from Geneva with 1 change and 3hrs 30 mins with 1 or 2 cahnged from Zurich airport. To look up train timetables use this link Swiss Railway Timetables
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I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.
I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.
I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.
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Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
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