• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Jul, Aug, Sep

Description

I invite you to a 5-day classical high mountain traverse in the Western Alps, through vast glaciers and peaks over 4000 m, like Monte Rosa and Breithorn. 

This trip begins in Zermatt, a town in Swiss known for its wonderful views of Monte Cervino or Matterhorn, the most emblematic mountain in the country.

Once there, the highest cable car in Europe takes us to the top of Klein Matterhorn, at 3883 m. This mountain is part of the Breithorn massif.

Then we begin our trek through the Italian side. We will go from hut to hut until we reach the highest hut of Europe: Capanna Marherita (4550 m). This hut is in one of Monte Rosa summits.

Finally, the tour ends at the Swiss side, back in the town of Zermatt.

This itinerary is a serious trek over glaciated terrain. Because of that, you will need proper glaciar equipment, as well as skills and knowledge about glaciar traverses (crevasse rescue etc.), in order to make a safe trek.

The best time for doing this activity is July, when the climbing routes are technically easier.

For further information about this trip, you can find the complete program below.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you want more information about this mountaineering traverse. I’ll be glad to help you and be your guide up there! 

Looking for another kind of adventure in Switzerland? I also offer Ski touring in Safiental.

Itinerary

Day 1

Mezzalama Hut

The tour begins in Zermatt (Switzerland). Then, Klein Matterhorn cable car takes us up to 3883 m. This is the starting point of the traverse.

The first day will have fantastic views of Cervino from the summit of Breithorn, the first 4000 m peak of this trip.

Then, we’ll travel from Klein Matterhorn over Breithorn to Mezzalama Hut, a cosy hut at the foot of Pollux mountain where we spend the night.

Day 2

Sella hut

We trek from Mezzalama hut over Pollux and Castor to Sella hut. This is a beautiful hut in the border of inmense glaciars. 

Day 3

Gnifetti hut

From Sella hut over the Il Naso di Lysskam to Gnifetti Hut

Gnifetti is a large hut with excellent service team in the middle of the glaciers.

Day 4

Margherita hut

From Gnifetti hut over many 4000m peaks to Margherita hut. This is the highest hut in Europe on the Punta Gnifetti at 4550m. 

Incredible view of one of the highest peaks in the Alps. 

Day 5

Zermatt

Long hike down from Margherita hut over Grenzglacier and Monte Rosa hut to Zermatt, a village in the foot of famous Monte Cervino – Matterhorn.

Price per person

Group of 22400EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Occasional

Accommodation

Mezzalama hut.
Sella hut.
Gnifetti hut.
Margherita hut.

More info

The huts are open during the summer from the end of June till mid of September. Some of the huts are crowded especially on weekends. I recommend to reserve in advance.