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2-day Matterhorn summit via the Hörnli Ridge, from Zermatt

Join Daniel, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this iconic 2-day alpine experience, climbing the Hörnliridge to the summit of the Matterhorn, just outside of Zermatt.


2 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep




* Summit one of the most iconic mountains in the world.

* Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.

* Traverse the Hörnliridge, where history was made.


Join me for a stunning 2-day ascent of the most iconic mountain in all of the Alps!

We will be heading up to the summit of the Matterhorn, of course. Starting in Zermatt, we will meet up and take the lifts to Schwarzsee.

From here it is a brief hike to the Hörnlihut, where we will go over a few things for the next day and turn in early.

Waking up early in the morning, we will begin scrambling as soon as we leave the hut. We will continue making our way up doing a mix of climbing and scrambling as we traverse the Hörnliridge.

After about four or five hours we will make it to the summit of the mountain. After taking a some time to enjoy the top, we will then head back down, first to the Hörnlihut and then down to the valley floor.

The whole descent takes about six hours.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for an unforgettable alpine experience as we climb to the summit of the exalted Matterhorn, outside of Zermatt, Switzerland!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my 2-day scrambling ascent to the summit of Watzmann via the east face!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Mountain boots


When is it the best time to climb Matterhorn?

The best time to climb Matterhorn is from July 1st till September 10th.

What are the extra costs to cover on top of your guiding service?

You'll need to pay for the following costs:
- Hut, for you and me (around 150CHF per person)
- Cable car
- Personal expenses (food, beverages, etc.)

When should I book the ascent?

At least 6 months in advance. I'm full for the all summer pretty fast.

When do we start and finish the climb?

The climb starts on the 2nd day at around 3:30 am and we finish in the afternoon, at around 12:30 pm.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

If there is no plan B to work with and/or 72 hours prior to the trip cancellation because of the weather, I keep €150 for the hut reservation fee. For any other reasons for cancellation at the last minute, there is no refund.

Is it possible to climb Matterhorn in June?

No. The season to climb Matterhorn goes from July till September.

How experienced do I need to be to climb Matterhorn? How fit do I need to be? How can I maximize my chances to make the adventure a success?

Alpine climbing experience (scrambling, climbing with crampons) is mandatory. If you never did any technical climbing in your life, we should probably start with a different objective and work our way to this goal together. You need to have the ability to climb/endure and stay focused for approximately 8 hours. I highly recommend a preparation climb on a 4000 m peak nearby as a day trip to assess and increase the chances of success.

How many climbers can you take with you?

It’s 1 guide = 1 client climbing route. Taking more than 1 client is very unsafe and prohibited!

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Born in the Austrian Alps, the connection to the mountains was there from early on. Started skiing as a 3 year old kid, bit later climbing and mountaineering stepped in my live. Skiing and climbing all over the Alps and abroad became a huge part of my life.

One of my favorite places in the Alps are the mountains around Chamonix and Zermatt. Since graduating as a fully-certified Mountain guide, I’ve been able to share my passion for skiing and climbing with my guests. When I’m not guiding I try to push my personal limits in climbing and mountaineering. Looking forward reaching summits together.


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What people are saying about this trip



Daniel knows the Matterhorn like the back of his hand. If you want to get to the top as efficiently as possible he is your guy.



If you're climbing the Matterhorn you need to go with a local guide who has climbed it many times and therefore knows the correct route. On our climb we encountered a lot of people off of the main route, which takes longer, is more dangerous, results in rocks being knocked down, and even getting stuck on the mountain without shelter for the night (as four climbers had the previous night). Daniel has climbed the Matterhorn over a hundred times and did nine days in a row in 2022. He was able to tell me to go straight, right or left and where footholds were. He is a very strong climber and I felt that he would probably catch me on the short rope if I slipped. It turned out that I was not in as good shape as I needed to be, so I climbed more slowly than ideal, for which I got a verbal flogging (hence minus one star). I made it to the Solvay hut in about 2:30 before we turned around. Notes: (1) You need to book two days with Daniel earlier in the week for a test climb to see how you do rock climbing and with crampons. All of the larger guide services do this. (2) You pay for your ticket and his for the tram, as well as for the rooms in the Hornli hut. (3) You might be able to borrow an ice ax and other gear. Check when you book, then confirm a few days before. You can rent gear at Yosemite and other shops in Zermatt.



Agree with prior review that pretrip communication could improve, but otherwise, superb guide and person



All was good, Daniel was exceptional: friendly, attentive, professional. I was surprised I had to additionally pay for the hut as I bought all inclusive package and it was no where mentioned about additional costs.



Daniel was a pleasure to climb with! I look forward to coming back out to the Alps and will definitely use him again. Highly recommend!

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