Tour of the Matterhorn Trek

Tour of the Matterhorn Trek

  • A 9-day circuit of Switzerland's most iconic mountain

  • Stay in the famous mountain town of Zermatt

  • Cross the Teodulo Pass

  • Stunning views of the Swiss Alps

  • Enjoy traditional food and hospitality

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Outstanding fully-qualified guides

  • All meals included

  • Carefully selected family-run hotels and authentic mountain refuges

Tour of the Matterhorn Trek: Dates and Prices

AT A GLANCE

 

10 nights

9 days' trekking

Group size 4-10

No luggage delivery

 

Price: £1795

 

Join: St. Niklaus

End: St. Niklaus

 

Nearest Airports: Zurich & Geneva

ACCOMMODATION

8 nights in hotels

2 nights in huts/refuges

 

 

DIFFICULTY GRADING

9

Extremely Tough

Tour of the Matterhorn Trek: Overview

There is no denying that the Matterhorn, at 4478m, is Switzerland's most iconic mountain. On our Tour of the Matterhorn Trek we will hike a circuit around this stunning peak, starting our journey in St. Niklaus, and taking in the beautiful village of la Sage and the famous mountain town of Zermatt along the way.  We will enjoy views of 3 of the 4 faces of the Matterhorn itself, as well as Alpine meadows, mountain passes and glaciers.

What to expect

While the majority of the walking is on good mountain paths it is still a challenging trip for those with trekking experience. We will walk for at least 6-7 hours per day, with some longer days, so a good level of fitness is essential. Due to the nature of the route there is no vehicle support, so we will need to carry  all our belongings with us. We don't need to pack sleeping bags or camping mattresses, so we should be able to keep our packs light. 

Tour of the Matterhorn Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in St. Niklaus

Our trip starts at the group hotel in St. Niklaus. In the evening you will meet your guides, who will brief you on the week ahead, and check your kit. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Day 2 - From St.Niklaus to Gruben

After breakfast we will take a short walk across the village and catch the cable car up to Jungen (1960m), enjoying the beautiful views back down the valley. We trek past forests to our highest point of the day - the Augustbordpass at 2894 metres. A pleasant path takes us all the way down to Gruben (1820m), where we spend the night. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Walking: approx 5-6 hrs

Distance: 14km

Day 3 - Trek from Gruben to Zinal

We start the day with an ascent up through the woods. After around an hour we climb above the treeline, where the gradient eases slightly, and we get lovely views of the col up ahead. After reaching the Meidpass (2790m) we descend to Zinal, enjoying a breathtaking viewpoint along the way, followed by a relatively steep zig zag path through the forest and down into Zinal. 

 

Accommodation : Hotel, dinner included

Walking: approx 6-7 hrs

Distance: 23km

 

Day 4 - Trek from Zinal to La Sage

We have two high cols to cross today so we'll need an early start! the first is the Col de Sorebois (2895m), which is the lower of the two, but the final ascent is quite steep. Thankfully we'll be rewarded with beautiful views from the top, before descending down to the Lac de Moiry and its turquoise waters. Next we tackle the Col de Torrent (2919m), which is higher but less steep, however the views are just as beautiful! Our base for the night is the pretty village of la Sage. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Walking: approx 7-8 hours

Distance: 23km

 

Day 5 - Trek from La Sage to Arolla

We have a relatively easier day today, so there's the chance of a more leisurely breakfast and a later start. A gentle walk takes us up to la Gouille, where we leave the path to have a picnic lunch at the picturesque Lac Bleu. After lunch we rejoin the path that leads us down to the village of Arolla. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Walking: approx 5-6 hrs

Distance: 11km

Day 6 - Trek from Arolla to the Prarayer Refuge

Today we will enter the high mountains, and will therefore be joined by an IFMGA qualified guide. Today is a true mountain day as we take the guide's lead and climb to the Col Collon (3074m), via the Arolla Glacier. From here we descend into the striking Oren Valley in Italy. We descend to the Prarayer Refuge (2000m) on the shores of the beautiful Lac des Places de Moulin. 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: approx 7-8 hrs

Day 7 - Trek from the Prarayer Refuge to Breuil-Cervinia

Today is one of the highlights of the trip, and it starts with a traverse through beautiful larch woods. We climb to Valcournera at the head of the valley, tackling some slightly exposed sections with the help of the ladders and cables. There may also be a few sections of snow to cross on our way up to the  Col de Valcournera (3060m). From this high point we descend to the twin tarns known as Dragon Lake. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Walking: approx 7-8 hrs

Day 8 - Trek from Breuil-Cervinia to Zermatt

Today we will again be joined by an IFMGA qualified guide as we will descend the Theodule glacier. The guide will rope us up but no other specialist equipment is needed, other than our hiking boots and poles. From here the views are fantastic, not just of the Matterhorn but also the Alphubel, Dom, Obergabelhorn, Zinalrothorn and Weisshorn. We leave the glacier at Gandegg and cross the moraine, before descending to our hotel in Zermatt. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Day 9 - Trek from Zermatt to the Europahutte 

We leave Zermatt and follow the Mattertal down towards the Rhone Valley. It's a pleasant day meandering alongside the river, through the woodland and meadows.  Our climb starts in the village of Randa, as a steep zig zag trail leads us underneath the peaks of the Taschorn and the Dom. This is the route that will take us all the way to the Europahutte (2220m), since the Europaweg has been closed since the recent rockfall. If the Europaweg reopens we will consider taking this route to the Europahutte.   

Accommodation: Refuge, dinner included

Day 10 - Trek from the Europahutte to Grachen, then transfer to St. Niklaus

Our final day is one of the best of the trip, as our path takes us over river crossings, across exposed sections of terrain, and underneath impressive cliffs. Our final descent takes us down to picturesque Grachen, from where we take the local bus to St. Niklaus. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Day 11 - Departure Day

Our trip finishes after breakfast.

Included

  • Accommodation on a twin share or dormitory basis

  • Breakfasts, lunches & evening meals

  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

  • Fully qualified & experienced IFMGA Guide as per the itinerary

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport transfers

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

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