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2-Day Ascent of the Matterhorn via Lion’s Ridge

Join IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide Andrej on a 2-day ascent of the Matterhorn via Lion's Ridge in the Alps!

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


The Matterhorn, called Monte Cervino on the Italian side, is a mountaineering classic that can be climbed from different places including Lion’s Ridge. Compared to the Hörnli ridge on the Swiss side, Lion’s Ridge is slightly more challenging.   This is why it’s important to have a good guide to lead you on your way to the top! On this 2-day ascent of the Matterhorn via Lion’s Ridge, I will be happy to show you the way!

We will begin our ascent from Breuil in the breathtaking Aosta Valley. From there, we will have a 6-hour climb to our first stop, the Carrel hut. There, we will stay for the night. The Carrel hut is located at 3835 meters, under the steep Grande Tour tower. From the hut we will then have around 5 or 6 more hours of climbing until we reach the top on the next day. 

The terrain and weather conditions make this ascent challenging. Consequently, a good fitness level and mountaineering experience is a must. Some areas will be very steep, others covered with snow and/or ice. We will need to use climbing equipment and be safe. Of course, I will be there every step of the way to assist you. I will also show you a few tricks I acquired throughout my mountaineering days!

Before trying out this ascent, I recommend you do this 3-day ascent of the Jungfrau in the Alps first.  It will give you a chance to test your skills before tackling the more challenging Lion’s Ridge path to the summit of the Matterhorn. 

Of course, it is not all just going to be hard work.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to visit one of the most impressive peaks in the Alps. Not only will you see beautiful landscapes, you will also acquire a great sense of accomplishment!

Are you ready to discover one of the most stunning routes to the peak of this famous mountain in the Alps? Then join me on this 2-day ascent of the Matterhorn via Lion’s Ridge.

Would you like to climb the Matterhorn from the Swiss side? Then I suggest you try this 3-day ascent via the Hörnli Ridge


Carrel hut

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About the guide

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I was born in Kranj (Slovenia), and since I was a child the mountains have been my passion. I graduated in Sports at Ljubljana University and started an alpine career as a member of the Kranj Alpine Club.

In 1977, I climbed my first eight-thousander: it was a new route on Gasherbrum I. Some years later, a partner and I became the first Slovenians to ascend Mt Everest, also on a new route.

In fact, I’ve been at the top of Everest twice. The second time, I reached the summit with my wife Marija, and we were the first married couple achieving that.

Throughout my alpine career, I took part and even lead more than 20 expeditions in the Nepalese Himalayas. There, I climbed more than six peaks over eight thousand meters: two of them on new routes and three using pure alpine style. I also climbed in Patagonia, Pamir, USA, Caucasus and Scotland.

However, my major success was climbing a new route on Kangchenjunga, in alpine style and together with climber Marko Prezelj. After this, we won the prestigious mountaineering award Piolet d’Or.

I am a mountain guide since 1982 and I obtained my IFMGA license in 1997. I am also an instructor at the Slovenian Mountain Guide Association (SMGA).

I still live in Kranj with my wife and the youngest of our three children.

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