The Matterhorn stays “open” in 2014

02/06/2014

Monday, 2 June 2014 was a good news day for Alpinists. The Matterhorn will not be closed in the 2014 summer season. Mountaineers intending to climb the Matterhorn in the 2014 summer months can stay overnight at the “Base Camp Matterhorn”, the first pop-up hotel in the Alps. 

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The Hörnlihütte (3,260 m), which will remain closed for renovation during the 2014 summer season, nestles at the foot of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). “The Base Camp Matterhorn has been set up to replace the cabin throughout the 2014 season and prevent wild camping at the foot of the Matterhorn”, said Kurt Lauber at the media conference in Zurich. Long-standing warden of the Hörnlihütte, he is now managing the Base Camp Matterhorn on Hirli (2,880 m) which will accommodate mountaineers between 14 July and 15 September 2014. At the end of this period, the camp will be taken down. 

14 July 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn by Zermatt mountain guides and British mountaineer Edward Whymper. Zermatt will celebrate its famous mountain and honour it with a completely refurbished Hörnlihütte, which will open its doors on the occasion of the 150th anniversary celebrations in July 2015. 

Since the first ascent of the Matterhorn by British mountaineers in 1865 laid the foundation for the tourism industry in Zermatt, the Matterhorn village has invited the Queen of England to attend the week-long celebrations in July 2015. Mountain guide Anjan Truffer is personally conveying the Queen’s invitation to Buckingham Palace in London and will be engaged on this mission on 2 and 3 June 2014. 

Livia Anne Richard gave an overview of “The Matterhorn Story”, an open-air theatre play that will be performed on Riffelberg (2,560 m) in front of 700 to 800 spectators in summer 2015. 

 

Reservations for the Base Camp Matterhorn 

hoernlihuette.ch

 

Interviews

Daniel Luggen, Director of Zermatt Tourism, phone +41 79 337 46 52 

daniel.luggen@zermatt.ch

 

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