Day 1: Travel to St Gervais. Meet up with your guide in the evening for a briefing to go over equipment and discuss the itinerary and logistics. Stay overnight in a hotel in St Gervais.
Day 2: We stay close to St Gervais for the first of 2 'warm up' days. Numerous options exist including the ascent of Mont Tondu (3100 m), a perfect introductory peak with sections of crampon walking on the Tre Le Tete glacier and ridge scrambling to the summit. You descend and climb to the Conscrits refuge where you stay overnight.
Day 3: Another early start for one of the classic summits of the range, the Domes des Miages (3660 m). This is a magnificent day, long and tiring. We return to St Gervais and stay in your hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Grindelwald in Switzerland and in the afternoon ascend using the Jungfraujoch Railway - a stunning feat of Swiss engineering - and a traverse of the upper reaches of the Fiescher Glacier to the Mittelegi hut, where you stay the night.
Day 5: Eiger Summit ascent via the spectacular Mittellegi Ridge. Return to Grindelwald. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Rest Day. In the afternoon drive to Zermatt.
Day 7: Morning at leisure before ascending in the afternoon to the Hornli hut, where you stay the night.
Day 8: Matterhorn summit ascent/descent via the Hornli Ridge. Return to Zermatt. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Rest Day. Drive back to St Gervais. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 10: After a relaxing morning preparing kit and making last minute purchases, take the Bellevue cable car to the Col du Voza and the rack and pinion railway to the Nid d'Aigle. From there you reach the Tete Rousse hut in 2 hours of easy walking. Stay overnight in the hut.
Day 11: From a 4.00 a.m. start, the attempt on the summit via the Gouter refuge and the Bosses ridge. You should reach the summit in 7-10 hours. Descend the same route all the way back to the Tete Rousse hut. If time and weather allows it is possible to continue back down to the valley.
Day 12: Contingency day. Can be used for a final classic day tour if time allows.
Day 13: Depart for home.
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