Hörnli Hut: The Former SAC Hut Disappears

11/08/2014

A piece of the local tradition is disappearing as part of the renovation work on the Hörnli Hut or Hörnlihütte. The old SAC hut will be dismantled on 20 August 2014 and a helicopter landing pad will take its place.

The old SAC Monte Rosa Section Hörnlihütte is disappearing now. In July 2015, the new Hörnlihütte complex will reopen as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
The old SAC Monte Rosa Section Hörnlihütte is disappearing now. In July 2015, the new Hörnlihütte complex will reopen as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. - © Kurt Müller

Construction has been underway at 3,260 m at the foot of the Matterhorn since summer 2013. After the completion of the renovation work, the Hörnlihütte will open once again in July 2015 as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

The Old SAC Hut Belongs to the Past

The present and time-honoured Hörnlihütte, which was first built in 1880 and renovated or expanded countless times, will fade into history after 20 August 2014. The Monte Rosa Section of the SAC built the hut and ran it until 1987. The Belvédère, the large white building, was erected by the Burgergemeinde of Zermatt in 1911. After 1987, the Belvédère and the original Hörnlihütte were merged and run by the Burgergemeinde. The old SAC Hörnlihütte was used for overflow in recent years. If someone did not find a bed in the Belvédère, he or she could sleep in the SAC hut.

Renovation and Expansion of the Belvédère

The new hut will be the Belvédère, carefully renovated and with an additional matching gray addition. Over 100-year old elements, such as the stone staircase and railings as well as the beams will be retained. However, the rooms with beds are now more spacious. The future name of the complex: the Hörnlihütte with the nickname Base Camp Matterhorn.

The current base camp at the foot of the Matterhorn with its 25 tent-shaped aluminium shelters will stay in place on the Hirli (2,880 m) until 15 September 2015 as an alternative to the closed Hörnlihütte. Afterwards, this temporary Base Camp Matterhorn will be completely dismantled.


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