Matterhorn will remain “open” throughout the 2014 summer season

Zermatt is getting ready for the grand reopening of the Hörnlihütte at the foot of the Matterhorn in 2015. Throughout 2014, it will remain closed due to renovation work. However, thanks to the “Base Camp Matterhorn” and its “Alpine Shelters”, mountaineers can still climb the Matterhorn via Hörnligrat this summer.

The Base Camp Matterhorn will be open between 13 July and 15 September 2014. Located on the Hirli at an altitude of 2,880 m, the Base Camp Matterhorn will offer accommodation for 50 mountaineers throughout the 2014 summer season. The Camp is established as a temporary replacement for the Hörnli Hut which is currently closed due to renovation.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first Matterhorn ascent, Zermatt is giving itself a great gift for the future – first a temporary alternative to the Hörlihütte in 2014 and then, in the anniversary year 2015, the newly refurbished Hörnlihütte itself. 2015 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first successful Matterhorn ascent.

First pop-up hotel in the Alps

In summer 2014, the first Alpine pop-up hotel, the Base Camp Matterhorn, is set up on the Hirli, at 2,880 m (coordinates: 619.500 / 093.100). A campus offering 50 sleeping places is built in the form of “Temporary Alpine Shelters” 400 metres below the Hörnlihütte. The 25 prism-shaped shelters are made in wood and aluminium. 3.38 m long, 2.25 m wide and 1.94 cm high, the rooms can house two Alpinists each. On top of this, there are larger logistics shelters, for instance a kitchen, warehouse and common room. The latter is 8.75 m long, 5 m wide and 2 m high.   

The design of the shelters was inspired by the Matterhorn’s pyramidal shape. Pickig up on the pyramidal theme, the architect Selina Walder implemented it in the design of the Base Camp Matterhorn.

Smooth operations

To ensure smooth operations in the special environment of the Hirli, the Base Camp Matterhorn will be managed by Kurt Lauber and his Hörnlihütte team who will stay true to their tried and tested services and processes. After its complete dismantling in September 2014, the Base Camp Matterhorn will fulfil a sustainable second purpose: Set up in selected spots of the world, its distinctive architecture and recognisable design will act as ambassador of the Zermatt-Matterhorn brand.



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