matterhorn...

What mountaineer hasn’t dreamed of climbing the Matterhorn.  Standing at 4478m above the town of Zermatt in Switzerland, it is one of the most famous, most beautiful and most iconic mountains of the world and attaining the summit demands fitness, acclimatisation, determination and being able to move quickly and efficiently on both rock and ice.

We offer the Matterhorn as a minimum engagement of 6 days private guiding with the same guide at a 1:1 ratio. Together, this will allow you to develop your training, acclimatisation and summit plan to exactly suit you. Weather and conditions have to be favourable for a safe ascent of this famous peak and although success can never be guaranteed, we believe that our fully flexible approach gives you the very best chance on this sought after alpine summit.

Traditionally, the best time to attempt the Matterhorn is mid-July till the end of August. In recent Summers, the warmer weather has extended this and at the same time made the weather patterns generally less predictable. We accept bookings for the Matterhorn from early July into September and if conditions prevent an attempt, the guide will offer an alternative programme after discussion with you.

Good fitness and stamina are very important, along with some previous experience in scrambling or lower grade rock climbing at grade III in mountain boots as a minimum. Previous use of crampons is an advantage but not essential as this can be covered during the training period. If it is possible to do some pre-acclimatisation beforehand, then this is useful as it can allow more potential days when the Matterhorn can be attempted.

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