Mountain guides’ memorial

This monument honours the Zermatt mountain guides who lost their lives as they practised their profession.


Despite mountain guides’ great experience and knowledge, they are always exposed to an element of risk, whether from rockfall, avalanche or other natural hazards. Many Zermatt mountain guides have lost their lives in such ways – in the Zermatt area, elsewhere in the Swiss mountains or abroad. This monument was erected in their memory.

Victims of their vocation
The following words are engraved in the memorial stone: “Mountain guides: victims of their vocation.” The text continues: “Here, we lost our lives. Up there, we found life again. On the holy mountain of the Lord.”

Yeti-Club Zermatt
The purposes of this club, according to its charter, include “Improving the economic situation of the patented mountain guides of Zermatt and their dependants in old age, illness, accident or death of the guide.”


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