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Guided Ascent to Pollux via the SW ridge, near Zermatt

Tour du Ciel

Follow certified guide Herbert on this 1-day guided ascent on Pollux via the SW ridge, close to Zermatt and conquer one of the twin 4,000-meter summits of the Pennine Alps!

Private

Alps

1 Day

Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Achieve one of Switzerland's classic summits.
  • Take your mountaineering skills to the next level under expert guidance.
  • Stand on the summit of a 4-thousander and admire the views of the Pennine Alps.

Description

I invite you to climb the Pollux summit via SW ridge (4,092 m) close to the charming village of Zermatt. Are you ready for this 1-day mountaineering adventure in Switzerland?

Located in the border between Switzerland and Italy, Castor and Pollux-SW ridge are known as the twin peaks of the Monte Rosa massif in the Pennine Alps.

We’ll start ascending from the Klein or “little” Matterhorn (3,883 meters). From here we’ll reach the top of Pollux-SW ridge climbing through a beautiful area and surrounded by the most spectacular views of the Pennine Alps, this will be a great way for participants to improve their mountaineering skills.

To participate in this program, all climbers will need to have some prior mountaineering experience as well as a great fitness level. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to make sure you reach the summit of this beautiful mountain in the best possible conditions.

Ready for this 1-day guided ascent on Pollux via SW ridge? Then send your request now and prepare for this magical experience in Switzerland!

If you are looking to climb both of “the twins “summits, you may also join me on this Castor 1-day guided ascent near Zermatt in the Pennine Alps

Prices per person

Group of 1

CHF 780 Each

Group of 2

CHF 390 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Quickdraws


Details

More info

Compulsory Equipment

Rucksack 30 litre – Mountaineering boots* – Climbing seat harness* – Crampons with front points, steel, adjusted* – Ice axe* – Head torch, with spare battery (not for LED)* – Touring trousers / salopettes – Waterproof / breathable jacket with hood – Fleece jacket or jumper – Gloves – Thermal underwear – Shirt – Socks – Warm hat – Sun hat – Sunglasses with side protection – Sun screen factor >25 – Lip balm factor >15 – Flask or water bottle, about 1 Litre, no camel bag – Picnic for every touring day – Personal medication – Euros and Swiss francs – Id or passport.

Nice to have Helmet* – Mitts – Alpine club member card – Telescope pol* – Compeed, second skin, sport tape – Foam ear plugs – sleeping pills (not strong ones) – Spare socks – Spare shirt – Spare underwear – Pocket knife – Camera (small and light) – Tooth brush and paste – Toilet paper – Insurance card – Credit card – Sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk) – Reduction card for tickets.

Items with a * can be rented.

Meeting point

SW Ridge near Zermatt

About the guide

I am a nature lover who made his hobbies and passion into his profession. I possess only international recognized qualifications. As I am active in the mountains the whole year round my goal is to complement the programmes of the local organizations. My desire is to share with you my joy on the mountains, my knowledge, my experience and to make your stay in Zermatt to an unforgettable experience.

In the following pages you will find a few suggestions and ideas for your holiday in Zermatt. If my ideas or suggestions do not meet your demands, please do not hesitate to let me know what you would like to do and I will create your own personal programme. I am not only active in Zermatt but also everywhere where outdoor activities can be done. It would be a pleasure to accompany you safely and competently in the mountains.

Languages

German | French | English

Residence

Zermatt


What people are saying about -Herbert Luethi

Niklas Warren

5.00

September, 2022

I am very pleased with Explore-Share! This was my first international climb, and the communication and response time were great. Herbie is a very skilled guide and very efficient. The entire booking process & payment was smooth. I will definitely use Explore-Share again. Thank you.

Roland Brennan

4.00

July, 2022

Great trip. Herby i very very detailed and showed me a lot on my first outdoor climbing adventure

Andy Serkis

4.00

April, 2022

I found the session with Herbert, which included glacier travel safety and crevasse rescue, to be extremely helpful. Thankyou Herbert for your advice, and all the team at Explore-share for connecting us.

Harry Smith

5.00

August, 2020

The guide was very knowledgeable.

Scott Walton

2.00

March, 2020

We were group of 3 with Herbert to the Monte Rosa drop off location. Our group has done lots of heli-skiing, cat skiing, and hiked routes. What we look for in guides is 1) safety 2) matching route to technical ability 3) advice in complex sections 4) having a personality and making the day fun. On safety: Herbert did a good safety briefing and told us where to position ourselves relative to his tracks, that was the extent of his safety. One of our group members fell part-way into a crevasse and was dangling on the ice wall, and he leisurely pulled out his rope to throw it down even after being told there was a very far drop. He routinely skiied out-of-sight of the entire group even in more dangerous sections. If someone had fallen through again, there was no rescuing them as he was the only one with the safety gear. On matching the route the technical ability of the group he did fine, the only part that was an issue was the very long flat ski out (he warned us about this, so we knew it ahead of time, I wouldn't do this route again because of this). On advice/tips for complex routes, he had nothing to offer, and was annoyed when you asked him questions, the only thing he said was "lean forward on your skiis", and didn't try to help anyone who had challenges. On the last part, personality, this was the worst. He was extremely annoyed that he had to help the person out of the crevasse, and even more annoyed that a snowboarder in our group was slower in the flat section. He complained to other ski guides that passed by that he was late for his lunch. When we stopped to break and took pictures he asked us to stop wasting time with taking our phones out. When we asked him if we should bring water (for a 5 hour ski) he said it's no necessary, which was crazy. Overall, it really put a damper on the entire experience, we spent a lot of money and came from Canada to experience this, and he nearly ruined it. He's a really good technical skiier, but has no patience nor does he put an ounce of effort in to making it fun or making people feel safe.

Diane Bryan

5.00

September, 2019

I really wanted to make it to the Hornli Hut at the base of the Matterhorn. I made it because Herbert, my guide, encouraged me to keep going when I was ready to give up. I'm so glad and grateful for his encouragement.

Thomas Reid

5.00

March, 2018

My wife and I had an incredible day with Herbert in Zermatt. Our guide did an excellent job of adjusting the skiing to fit our ability. Would not hesitate to highly recommend Herbert.....thank you for an epic memory.




 

 

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