Base Camp Matterhorn now open
The Base Camp Matterhorn in Zermatt opened its doors and has been inaugurated on 19th July. 25 tent-like structures made from aluminium and wood have been erected on Hirli (2,880 m) at the foot of the Matterhorn, offering accommodation in high Alpine terrain for up to 50 mountaineers.
Due to the closure of the Hörnlihütte throughout the 2014 summer season, the first pop-up hotel in the Alps was set up to provide accommodation for Matterhorn climbers close to the king of mountains. With Zermatt making preparations for the 150th anniversary of the Matterhorn’s first ascent in 2015, the Hörnlihütte is currently being renovated and will reopen its doors in July 2015. In terms of comfort and sustainability, the forward-looking conversion of the chalet will satisfy all standards applicable to modern buildings in the Alps – including sustainable energy and water supply.
The pop-up Base Camp Matterhorn was realised thanks to partners Swatch and Mammut and the municipality of Zermatt. “The installation was a great challenge”, says Hörnlihütte warden and building supervisor Kurt Lauber. “The spell of winter weather with snow made our schedule tighter and tighter.” But all turned out well and the Base Camp Matterhorn will be open until 15 September 2014, making it easier for Alpinists’ to access the Matterhorn. After this date, the camp will be taken down and the shelters will be up for sale.
Erected to prevent wild camping and bivouacking due to the closure of the Hörnlihütte, the Base Camp Matterhorn was conceived to protect nature and implement long-standing laws. In summer 2014, strict controls will be carried out around the Matterhorn and any contraventions of the laws will attract fines of up to CHF 5,000.
First pop-up hotel in the Alps - facts and figures
|Base Camp Matterhorn||Located on Hirli, 2,880 m, coordinates 619.500 / 093.100|
|Altitude difference to Matterhorn||1,598 m|
|Access||from Schwarzsee cable car station(2,583 m, 297 m altitude)|
|Shelters sleeping||3,40 x 2,25 x 2,00 m, capacity: 2 people|
|Shelter kitchen||11,25 x 5,00 x 4,45 m|
|Shelter common room||8,75 x 5,00 x 4,45 m|
|Shelter lavatory||7,50 x 5,00 x 4,45 m|
|Logistics shelters||2 common rooms eating/lounge, 1 kitchen, 1 lavatory|
|Architects||Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch|
|In operation||14 July to 15 September 2014|
|One night with half board||CHF 150 per person|
|Booking||by telephone only, +41 27 967 22 64|
|Project partners||Mammut and Swatch|
|Fine for wild camping||up to CHF 5,000|
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