The Matterhorn, or Cervin, is one of the world's most renowned and historic mountains. A near perfect pyramid, it stands at an altitude of 4478m above sea level, and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world and typical Swiss villages. The trail around the Matterhorn crosses between Italy and Switzerland, adding a cultural dimension to the journey.
With high passes and steep ascents aided by steel ropes it is one of our more challenging hikes. However, with a good level of fitness and prior outdoor experience, this is an immensely rewarding traverse affording spectacular views throughout including some of the highest peaks in the Alps such as Dent Blanche (4357m) and Zinalrothorn (4221 m).
Day 1: Arrive St. Niklaus, walk to Grüben (6 hrs).
Day 2: Cross the Forcletaz Pass (2874 m) to Zinal at the base of Dent Blanche (5 to 6 hrs).
Day 3: Walk through flowered meadows surrounded by the famous peaks of Zinalrothorn (4221 m), Obergabelhorn (4063 m) and Dent Blanche (4357 m) to the village of Villa, transfer to Arolla (6 hrs).
Day 4: Ascend glacier and the Col Collon (3082 m) and descend to the Italian hamlet of Prarayer (2000 m) (7/8 hrs).
Day 5: To Breuil Cervinia (5 hrs).
Day: 6 Walk to the famous ski resort of Zermatt (8 hrs).
Day 7: Walk to Europa Hütte (7 hrs).
Day 8: Walk to Grächen (5 to 5.5 hrs), trip concludes.
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