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What’s included

  • A qualified UIMLA leader (English-speaking)
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation for 5 nights
  • Two nights in genuine Alpine mountain huts with dormitory accommodation
  • Local transfers where indicated
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Luggage transfers on all but 2 nights
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.
  • All cable-cars (apart from Kleinematterhorn for those doing the Breithorn extension)

Matterhorn Trek

Walking & Trekking

Italy, Switzerland, Swiss Alps | Walking & Trekking

Matterhorn Trek
Vigorous / Strenuous

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

Strenuous: Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous ? Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

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Circuit the Matterhorn, with exciting glacier crossings, stunning mountain views and an experienced leader

Highlights

  • Trek the best of the Matterhorn circuit, with easy glacier crossings
  • Accommodation in hotels chosen for their comfort and character
  • Spend two nights in genuine mountain huts in the alps with fabulous views
  • Optional ascent of the Breithorn, 4,164m/13,741ft

Reviews          

Holiday was trip of a lifetime experience with the guys from Mountain Kingdom tailor making this trip to make it as competitively priced and feasible for us to achieve. Their hard work and dedication pays off every time and we are never disappointed with the level of service. They provide the right people to give you the right experience and it's all the subtle things they do behind the scenes...
Ms K Price, South Glamorgan

If you want a short yet challenging trek, with fantastic views and exciting (but easily manageable) glacier crossings, then this is the perfect holiday. The two nights in remote mountain huts add to the sense of adventure.
S Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

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The Matterhorn holds a unique fascination for anyone interested in mountains, and on this trek you circuit not only the majestic Matterhorn, but also more than 20 other 4,000m-plus peaks.

The circuit passes through two countries: Switzerland and Italy, and three distinctly different cultures: the German speaking High Valais, the French speaking central Valais, and the Italian Val D’Aosta. Many parts of the trek follow ancient trails that have linked the Swiss and Italian valleys for centuries, and take you on a mixture of forest trails, high balcony paths, alpine meadows, glaciers and rugged, rocky passes.

From the very first morning you are surrounded by giant snowy peaks as you walk through glorious alpine valleys dotted with traditional chalets, and higher up small farmsteads which are still used in the summer months by farmers. The higher pastures and rocky peaks
are home to chamois and ibex, and you may well see marmots and mountain hares. This is a short but demanding trek that will test the legs and lungs of even the most experienced trekker, and leave you with unforgettable memories of this remote and, at times, wild part of the Alps.

\b The Breithorn \b-
On the final day you have the option to climb the Breithorn. At 4,164m/13,741ft this stunning peak is a neighbour of the Matterhorn and dominates the Mattertal valley. On our route from Testa Grigia it is however an easy walk to the top. Further details including the extra cost of this ascent can be found at the end of the itinerary.  All equipment is provided for the glacier crossings, and for the optional ascent of the Breithorn.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Max. Altitude: 3,480m/11,484ft, Testa Grigia, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 6 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Geneva

Accommodation types: Hotels, Mountain Huts

Meal arrangements: 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly London to Geneva. Transfer to St Niklaus.
2
Cable car to Jungu. Trek to Gruben via the Augustbord pass, 2,894m/9,550ft - 7 hrs.
3
Trek to Forcletta Pass, 2,874m/9485ft, descend to Zinal - 7 hours.
4
Bus to Moiry Lake. Cross Torrent Pass 2,918m/9,629ft - 5-6 hours. Taxi to Arolla.
5
Cross the Collon Pass, 3,087m/10,128ft, descend to Rifugio Nacamuli, 2,830m/9,285ft - 6 Hours.
6
Descend to Prarayer hut via the Valcounera Pass, 3,072m, descend To Perucca - 8 Hours.
7
Cross the Fenetre de Tsignanaz, 2,445m/8,022ft. Descend To Cervinia, 2,006m/6,581ft.
8
Cable car to Testa Grigia, descend to Zermatt crossing the Theodule Glacier - 6 hours. Or optional ascent of the Breithorn.
9
Train to Geneva. Fly to the UK.
Leader: Local Leader, Matterhorn trek
Local Leader, Matterhorn trek

All our guides are English-speaking qualified UIMLA guides. They are all passionate and well-experienced; they have a great knowledge of mountaineering and of the Alps. For the two glacier crossings the group will have an additional fully qualified mountain guide.


  1. Day 1 - Fly to Geneva. Transfer to St Niklaus.

    The Mountain Kingdoms group flights are from London Heathrow on British Airways and will arrive into Geneva airport at around 14:30 hours. Your driver will meet you at the airport for the single group transfer to St Niklaus. If you are booking your own flights you are welcome to take the set group transfer - this will leave at 15:00 hours local time, otherwise you will need to make your own way to St Niklaus.

    Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening for a briefing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Edelweiss Hotel or Similar, St Niklaus
  2. Day 2 - Cable car to Jungu. Trek to Gruben via the Augustbord pass, 2,894m/9,550ft - 7 hrs.
    matterhorn trek trail to gruben.

    A short walk through the village of St Niklaus brings you to the mini cable car that transfers you up to the alpine hamlet of Jungu 1,955m/6,450ft. Jungu is a small farming hamlet of traditional wooden chalets, spectacularly positioned on a high ledge, with fantastic views across the Mattertal valley towards the giant snowy peaks of the Balfrin, the Dom and the Taschorn. The Augustbord pass is a very old trading route, and parts of the original path are visible as you start climbing up from Jungu through larch and spruce forest. This soon changes to juniper and myrtille as you climb above the tree-line. It is worth taking plenty of stops to gaze at the snowy peaks emerging across the valley. Your route now flattens to walk along a rocky valley towards a magnificent cirque. The landscape is wild and dramatic, as the trails leads more steeply uphill to the pass at 2,894m. You now have fine views ahead to the Turtmanntal Valley. The initial steep rocky descent leads to meadows and farmsteads before entering the pine forest and descending more gently to the valley. This beautiful valley is inhabited during the summer months only, and it is worth looking around the small hamlet of Gruben which has beautiful wooden chalets.

    Ascent 950m/Descent 1,050m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Swarzhorn or Similar, Gruben
  3. Day 3 - Trek to Forcletta Pass, 2,874m/9485ft, descend to Zinal - 7 hours.

    Weather permitting, you will get fantastic views of the mighty Weisshorn and the Turtmann glacier at the head of the valley as you start your walk today. It's a gentle half hour stroll up the valley through pretty hamlets before you start your climb. The initial ascent is through sparse forest, before the route levels out to briefly follow a farm track. The valley leading to the Forcletta pass is beautiful, with meadows full of wild flowers and soaring, rocky peaks high above. The path contours, gradually ascending before the last steeper climb to the pass. It is an easy descent from the pass to the high alpage, before the path contours along, high above the Zinal valley. This is a really delightful walk with superb views of the soaring peaks of the Dent Blache, the Zinal Rothorn, the Obergabelbelhorn and the Weisshorn, to name just the highest! After heading up the valley in the direction of the Dent Blanche glacier, you start your descent though the forest to your hotel in the village of Zinal. The old village of Zinal is well worth exploring, with old larch chalets and stunning windowboxes.

    Ascent 1,030m/Descent 1,200m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Bouquetins or Similar, Zinal
  4. Day 4 - Bus to Moiry Lake. Cross Torrent Pass 2,918m/9,629ft - 5-6 hours. Taxi to Arolla.

    It is an easy start to the day, with a 40 minute bus ride to Moiry Lake 2,250m. From the huge barrage of the dammed lake there are great views of the Grand Cornier (3,962m) and the Dent Blanche (4,357m), soaring above the turquoise waters of the lake.Your route takes you across the damm to climb gradually uphill and past a remote fromagerie. The surrounding alps are verdant and covered with wildflowers, and the Col du Torrent at 2,919m is an easy couple of hours uphill walk from the lake. You are rewarded with fabulous views of the Val d'Herens far below, and the snowy peaks of Mont Collon (3,636m) and Mont Brule (3,578m). The descent is delightful, initially descending a small ridge with dramatic rocky peaks behind you. Continuing down easy zig-zags, the small villages of Le Sage and Evolene are visible far below and you will probably stop for your picnic lunch here to enjoy the views. The path reaches the very pretty village of Le Sage (1,644m), with fabulous old chalets. It is a short taxi transfer from here to Arolla (1,980m) where you stay the night.

    Ascent 700m/Descent 1300m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Kurkhaus or Similar, Arolla
  5. Day 5 - Cross the Collon Pass, 3,087m/10,128ft, descend to Rifugio Nacamuli, 2,830m/9,285ft - 6 Hours.

    One of the very best days of the trek, as you put on crampons for the first time to ascend the Arolla glacier and cross the glaciated Collon pass. You will be joined by an additional guide for this day. The days starts with a warm up walk along the base of the wide valley, for about an hour. Ahead of you is the snout of the glacier, and the peaks of Mont Collon and Eveque. The path starts to climb, quite steeply in parts, up the lateral moraine of the glacier. There are a couple of short ladders to ascend, before the terrain becomes easier and you climb onto the glacier itself. Once you have put on your crampons you will walk in single file up the glacier. This is a great experience, with the snowy slopes of Mont Collon on one side, and the Bouquetins on the other. You climb more steeply on a mixture of rock, snow and ice to reach the wide, glaciated pass of Col du Collon at 3087m, which marks the border between Italy and Switzerland. After time to enjoy the fabulous views, you pass a small lake and descend a rocky path. Below you and across a small rocky valley you can see your accommodation for the night, spectacularly situated on a small spur, and with fabulous views down the Oren Valley.
    Ascent 1,000m/Descent 260m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rifugio Collon Nacamuli or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Descend to Prarayer hut via the Valcounera Pass, 3,072m, descend To Perucca - 8 Hours.
    matterhorn trek trail to valcounera pass.

    There should be superb early morning views from your remote overnight spot. Today starts relatively easily, with a descent of the wild and beautiful Oren Valley. Initially you descend a small ravine, using fixed ropes to help you, to reach the valley floor. It is a delightful walk through this stunning valley, which widens after a lateral moraine into beautiful verdant meadows. You then descend through a larch forest, with the waters of the Place Moulin lake below. The trail circuits past the Prarayer hut, where you might stop for a quick drink, before tackling the Valcounera Pass. Although this pass is not glaciated, it is probably the hardest pass of the trek. After initially ascending through forest, you walk up a lovely side valley with great views of the Dent de Rance and the Chateau des Dames (3,489m), and the glacier of Solastset. As you ascend to the bottom of the pass there are some fixed chains to help you over the steeper parts. After reaching a small rocky plateau, you start the climb of the pass proper. This is a mixture of boulder hopping, scree and possibly some patches of snow, and although the steep ascent is only for about 330m, it takes some determination to get to the top! You are rewarded with more fabulous views from the pass at 3,072m, and shortly below the pass you get your first views of the Breithorn (4,164m).

    The descent from the pass is very exciting, with fixed ropes and ladders to help you down the steepest sections through a giant mountain cirque. A good head for heights is important at this point! Not far below the pass is the beautifully situated Rifugio Perucca (2,909m), where you will spend your second night in the remote mountains.

    Ascent 1,200m/Descent 990m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rifugio Perucca Vuillermoz or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Cross the Fenetre de Tsignanaz, 2,445m/8,022ft. Descend To Cervinia, 2,006m/6,581ft.

    An easier day today, as you descend past several beautiful waterfalls and small lakes to a large grassy bowl. There are flower filled meadows and streams all around, and after passing a small farm, you ascend for half an hour to reach the Fenetre. You will have views of the Breithorn from here, and shortly afterwards views of the Matterhorn, towering over the ski resort of Cervinia. The path contours high above the valley, before descending through pine forest to reach the road and the short transfer to your hotel. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to gaze at the mighty Matterhorn and surrounding peaks.

    Ascent 105m/Descent 550m

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Cima Biance or Similar, Cervinia
  8. Day 8 - Cable car to Testa Grigia, descend to Zermatt crossing the Theodule Glacier - 6 hours.
    matterhorn trek breithorn summit.

    This morning you ascend by cable car from Cervinia up to Testa Grigia (3,480m). This exciting ascent brings you up beside the Matterhorn, to arrive at the snowy ridge that is the Italian-Swiss border. From here you have a 360 degree view of some of the more iconic peaks of the Alps, including amongst others the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Castor and Pollux, the Breithorn, and in the distance Mont Blanc. You will have an additional guide for your glacier crossing, and don your crampons at this point to start your crossing of the giant Theodule glacier that heads down the valley towards Zermatt. Initially you descend below the Theodulhorn before crossing the glacier and descending across rocks to stop and take in the views from the Gandegg Hut. After a short cable car descent from Tockener Steg to Furgg the path now takes you right underneath the Matterhorn, with fabulous views up the Hornli ridge. You contour along towards the Zmutt glacier before you descend through the lovely hamlet of Zmutt and down the valley to Zermatt and your hotel for the night.

    Ascent 150m/Descent 1,500m

    Optional ascent of the Breithorn
    Instead of the standard itinerary above, you have the option on the final day of the trek of climbing the Breithorn (4,164m), the 'easiest' 4,000m peak in the Alps. This is a straightforward, gentle ascent and you will be well acclimatised by this point. If you chose this option, your guide will provide your crampons, harness and a rope, and guide you from Testa Grigia, up and down the Breithorn and back to the Kleinematterhorn lift station. The ascent takes about 3 hours, and from the top you will have amazing views of the giant glaciers of the Gorner, Schwarze, Breithorn and Grenze below, and hundreds of amazing snowy peaks all around. After the equally thrilling descent, you take a different route back to the Kleinematterhorn lift station, where your guide will leave you, and you take the lift down to Zermatt to meet the rest of the group.

    Ascent 450m/Descent 370m

    Additional cost: Please contact us for more information and prices.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Sarazena or Similar, Zermatt
  9. Day 9 - Train to Geneva. Fly to London.

    Your train ticket from Zermatt to Geneva airport is included in your holiday price. There are several trains a day from Zermatt to Geneva, and you are free to enjoy time in this busy, bustling resort before taking the train to the airport. The journey on the mountain railway from Zermatt to Visp is spectacular, and you will pass through St Niklaus where you started the trek.

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What’s included

  • A qualified UIMLA leader (English-speaking)
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation for 5 nights
  • Two nights in genuine Alpine mountain huts with dormitory accommodation
  • Local transfers where indicated
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Luggage transfers on all but 2 nights
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.
  • All cable-cars (apart from Kleinematterhorn for those doing the Breithorn extension)

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Some lunches and evening meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Private Trip Matterhorn          

Holiday was trip of a lifetime experience with the guys from Mountain Kingdom tailor making this trip to make it as competitively priced and feasible for us to achieve. Their hard work and dedication pays off every time and we are never disappointed with the level of service. They provide the right people to give you the right experience and it's all the subtle things they do behind the scenes that really makes a difference. I would never choose anyone else.

The perfect adventure          

If you want a short yet challenging trek, with fantastic views and exciting (but easily manageable) glacier crossings, then this is the perfect holiday. The two nights in remote mountain huts add to the sense of adventure.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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