TOUR OF THE MATTERHORN

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level **** Level ****
From 990 € From 990 €

Around the alpine sphinx

The Matterhorn, an elegant geological natural sculpture stranded between Switzerland and Italy, is certainly the most mythical summit of the Alps. Its history is as complex as its structure... a little piece of Africa, at the end of the African plate, stranded in Europe. A geological model of globalization! Around this legendary giant peak, lies an incredible area of high peaks known as the 'Imperial Crown'. Mighty glaciers tumble towards lush green valleys dotted with grazing herds.
The Alps in their finest picture postcard splendour.

This adventurous circuit includes two forays into the glacial high mountain world with several passages over alpine mountain passes rising to heights of 3000m. This is where vegetative life gives way to minerals, nature in its raw state, where only cairns mark our way and reflect the passage of man.
Descending into the valleys is the time to discover the local mountain culture: warm wood toned villages and herds in their summer pastures where ancient traditional farming is kept alive...

You will like

  • The high mountain atmosphere, crossing high altitude passes
  • An exceptional yet easy route across the Théodul and Arolla Glaciers 
  • The soul of the traditional Swiss and Italian valleys

TOUR OF THE MATTERHORN

Next date Next departure 05/07/20

From 990 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 05/07/20
to 10/07/20
Guaranteed departure 1025 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 17/07/20
Open departure 1025 € Book online
From 19/07/20
to 24/07/20
Guaranteed departure 1025 € Book online
From 26/07/20
to 31/07/20
Open departure 1025 € Book online
From 02/08/20
to 07/08/20
Guaranteed departure 1025 € Book online
From 09/08/20
to 14/08/20
Guaranteed departure 1025 € Book online
From 16/08/20
to 21/08/20
Open departure 1025 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 28/08/20
Guaranteed departure 990 € Book online

OPTION TO CLIMB THE BREITHORN ON DAY 6

220€ per person
Minimum 3 persons
The lift to go down from the Breithorn is not included, between 45 to 65€ according to the chosen part

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotels ;
  • Rental of the gear and guiding by a high montain guide for the climb of the Breithorn ;
  • Daily luggage transport between accommodation (except Day 4) ;
  • Bus transfers and lift passes.

The price does not include:

  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of the price) ;
  • The lift for the descent of the Breithorn for the people with the option ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point, airport taxes and other exclusions clearly described within the corresponding technical sheet.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

Contact us !

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet Sunday at 9:00am at the train station in St Niklaus.

AUGSTBORDPASS - GRUBEN
Transfer with a cable car to the village of Jungu. Climb to the Augstbordpass at 2900m and descend into the narrow valley to the picture-perfect alpine hamlet Gruben in the Turtmanntal.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1100m

Day 2

COL MEIDPASS - LAKE MOIRY
Climb to the Col Meidpass at 2790m via the pastures Stafel and the lake Meidsee. Descend to the Anniviers valley through pastures, and through the valley Moulins and the waterfall Prilet. Transfer to the Moiry Dam.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -1400m

Day 3

COL DE TSATE - LES HAUDERES
Today trek leads to the foot of the Moiry Glacier to reach the lake Bayenna and then climb to the Col de Tsaté at 2868m. Descend to the charming traditional village Les Haudères overlooked by the mighty Dent Blanche and the Dent d’Hérens summits. Transfer to the Arolla valley.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -1200m

Day 4

AROLLA GLACIER - PRARAYER
Depart towards the Col Collon at 3074 m, ascending via the Arolla Glacier accompanied by a high mountain guide. In this high mountain and glacial world, reaching the mountain pass remains nevertheless easy. Descend through the valley of Oren to the italian side over the Lac des Places de Moulin. Night in Prarayer without your luggage.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1200m

Day 5

COL DE VALCOURNERA - VALTOURNENCHE
Beautiful climb towards the Col de Valcournera at 3072m, then descend to lake Cignana with its magnificent reflections and waterfalls, followed by a short climb to reach the Col de Cignana (2445m). Descend towards Valtournenche unveiling the summits of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1350m -1400m

Day 6

THEODULPASS - ZERMATT
Short bus transfer to Breuil Cervinia and ascension via the cable car to Plan Maison. Climb to the Theodulpass at 3349m underneath the imposing Matterhorn. Easy roped descent with a high mountain guide to the Theodul Glacier, then continue the descent via the alpage hamlets of Biel, Zmutt, Hubel and Zermatt.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -1360m

End point Friday at 5:00pm at the train station in Zermatt.

OPTION: ASCENSION OF THE BREITHORN (4164m) DAY 6

Depart from Cervinia. Ascend to Testa Grigia with the cable car with your guide and easy roped climb to the Breithorn at 4164m. Descend the Theodul Glacier to Trockener-Steg (2939m) or cross to KIein Mattherhorn (3883m). Descend to Zermatt with the cable car. End point in Zermatt.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +870m -1230m (or -300m)

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ****

Elevation: +600 to 1250m average per day.
Walking time: 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain route for experienced hikers, on marked trails.
Both of the glacial sections are easy and do not require any special technique. Several aerial passages, secured with cables on day 4 and day 5.

GUIDING

Group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader. At the beginning of the season, the group number may be reduced depending on snow conditions. 

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights in gites or mountain refuges in dormitories from 8 to 10 people.
1 night in a hotel.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR LUGGAGE

For the night without your luggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough !):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities !)

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

FITNESS LEVEL

A good fitness level is required for this trek.
Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours. This trek requires a certain physical fitness level but presents no particular technical difficulty. Good advance preparation is nevertheless necessary in order to appreciate the beauty of this high altitude domaineYour physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your "high mountain" trek to the maximum.

MAPS

Federal Office of Topography: Matterhorn Michabel 5006

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet Sunday at 9:00am in front of the train station in St. Niklaus VS (Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 11:24am arrive in St. Niklaus at 7:38pm.
Return night train: depart Zermatt at 5:29pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 9:20am.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf/ and www.cff.ch

BY CAR
Take the motorway from Geneva direction Lausanne, Martigny and Sierre then follow signs for Zermatt (swiss motorway pass = 40€).
Meet at the train station of St Niklaus in the centre of the village.
You can park in the underground carpark or next to the train station. Buy your ticket to the telecabin behing the train station (cash and Swiss Francs only) or at the tourist information office (close on Sundays) in St Niklaus or at the train station of St Niklaus. As a last resort, you may leave a note in your car which mentions your arrival and departure dates. You will pay at the end of your hike. Please note that this solution does not commit our agency.

End point Friday at 5:00pm at the train station in Zermatt.

RETURN TO DEPARTURE POINT

FROM ZERMATT TO ST. NIKLAUS: By train 20CHF (hourly train service) or a group transfer can be organised by your mountain leader for those who wish (around 10€ per person, to be paid on site).

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Saint-Niklaus: 
Hôtel La Réserve***: +41 27 955 22 55 - https://www.la-reserve.ch/

Tourist Office Zermatt: +41 (0)2 79 66 81 00 
www.zermatt.ch

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: + 33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 4).

You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering the belongings of two people often results in a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg are better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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