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Matterhorn 2-day ascent

Follow Tobias, an IFMGA mountain leader, to the summit of the Matterhorn. Let him guide you across the most famous and iconic mountain in Europe. And enjoy some of the most mesmerizing views from the top.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration2 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


The Matterhorn (4,478m), or Cervino, is perhaps the most famous mountain in Europe. It may be its chiseled rock pyramid shape that stands out. Or perhaps the fact that it is so iconic that it has become a landmark in the continent.

Others consider it the most beautiful. As it is surrounded by a true paradise of mountain vegetation and animals. Also, the absolute perfectly symmetry that shapes this peak, turns it into a delightful sight in the Swiss Alps. But no matter the reason for its fame, it is a must stop for every mountaineer around the world.

Also, the region that surrounds it is brimming with charming meadows and pristine terrains. What’s more, all the towns nearby, from Zermatt to other smaller ones, are equally beautiful. Additionally, many offer countless options for spending the night, luxurious inns and simple refuges. But all of them have something in common, mesmerizing views of the Matterhorn. Hence, walking through this area, is a genuine once in a lifetime pleasure, hard to pass on.  

However, it is precisely because of the shape of this peak, that it represents a big challenge. It is a technical alpine rock, snow and ice climb. The best way to reach its summit is guided by someone experienced that will also ensure your safety throughout the journey.

Good acclimatization, training and endurance are essential to reach the goal of one of the hardest mountains in Switzerland. It’s important to stay at least 3 days in Zermatt or in the surrounding huts at 3000m.  An extra training day will increase the chance of a successful climb. Activities such as running, cycling, or hiking are good preparation.

During the ascent, the lower and easy part, which is 800 meters up to Solvay must be done within 2.5 hours. As safety is always first, keep in mind that I can decide to make a turn back before the summit if I consider it appropriate.

So, if you are thinking about climbing this peak, this is the ideal trip for you! Let me guide you to the top of  Matterhorn on this expedition. Send me a request. I promise it will be a wonderful adventure!

Looking for a completely different type of adventure. I also guide this three days canyoning trip at Lake Garda in Italy.



Day 1: Zermatt - Hörnlihut

First, you take the cable car from Zermatt to Schwarzsee. Then, the trek goes for about two hours throug a steep hiking trail to finally reach the new Hörnlihut. We will meet at 18.00 at the hut. After dinner, we will prepare for the climb and try to sleep!

Day 2: Reaching the summit

We will start the day really early, at around 4:00 a.m., departing from Hörnlihut, heading to Hörnliridge. Here, we’ll climb for about 2 hours in darkness following our headlamps. Then, after another 2,5 hours we’ll reach the Solvay-Bivy. And after that, we’ll get to a ridge, which will lead us to the roof and an area with fixed ropes. The roof is the highest and most difficult part. Finally, after an icefield the ascent to the summit will get easier. It will take us around 4-5 hours to ascend, and about the same amount of time to descend. So, after 10 hours more less of climbing we’ll reach Hörnlihut again. 

Equipment you will need to bring



Ice Axe


Other gear: Headlamp

About the guide

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I am a IFMGA certified mountain guide and I'm passionated about nature. I was born in 1977 and before entering in the mountain life, I worked as a teacher in Borg Lienz.

I started training as a canyoning guide 15 years ago. Since 2009, I have also trained with canyoning leaders in Carinthia. Additionally, I have been on the road as a mountain and ski instructor. During the summers, I have guided a lot in Switzerland, where I took my guests to many mountains over 4000 meters high. My “motto” in the mountains and in life has always been the same: “Never stop exploring”

I work now for Carnicoalpin where our main objective is leading and accompanying you on steep mountains and great ski slopes with a particular focus set on safety.

For more information, please feel free to contact me. We can discuss about your wishes and the different options I offer. I will be really happy to be your guide and share a great moment with you!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1250 each

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- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes a 1:1 ratio guide fee. It doesn’t include the price for the cable car, overnight stay for you and your guide (150CHF per person), and insurance.

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