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In the midst of 38 4000

Zermatt was discovered in the middle of the 19th century, in the golden age of high alpinism. Almost one-third of all the 4,000 metre peaks in the Alps are grouped around the village, which has been visited by mountaineers from all around the world since the first ascent of the Matterhorn in the year 1865. A myth was born at that time: the names of Zermatt and the Matterhorn became known all around the world, and Zermatt was regarded as the Mecca of the mountaineers.

And it has remained so up to the present day: more than 3,000 alpinists climb the Matterhorn every year, which is several time more than all the other 37 summits combined. But every summit around Zermatt has its individual character, its history, its myths. Learn about all our beautiful mountains on this page!


The Matterhorn is more than a wonder of creation. Through its shape and its unique solitary position, it is considered to be the epitome of a mountain. But there’s even more: there is no better-known mountain in the world whose natural shape comes as close to a pyramid as the Matterhorn. The pyramid shape symbolises the link between nature and culture, landscape and history. As a result of enormous forces, Africa moved closer to Europe 100 million years ago, and the ocean between the two continents began to recede.
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The Allalinhorn (or Allalin) is one of the easiest and popular 4,000-metre peaks in the Alps, because the Metro Alpin runs to just below the summit at almost 3,500 m a.s.l., and the summit itself can be reached from the mountain station in about two hours. The summit is located in the Mischabel ridge (Mischabelkamm) between the Saastal and Mattertal valleys, and is part of the Allalin group, which also includes the Alphubel, the Strahlhorn and the Rimpfischhorn. The Allalinhorn is a white peak between the mountaineering metropolises of Saas-Fee and Zermatt. As if from a cockpit, you can overlook almost the entire Western Alps from the Allalinhorn.
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The Alphubel is a summit of the Mischabel massif. From its eastern side, starting from Saas Fee, it stretches out as a huge, glaciated hump with an extended summit plateau, and has the shape of a trapezium. It is easy to climb from this side, even on skis in the spring. From the west, however, it presents a rock wall, with two significant ridges that reach towards the summit plateau. The rock wall is up to 700 m high, with ribs and ridges leading steeply to the summit that require extensive rock climbing know-how and skill.
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Is Zermatt surrounded by 38 4,000-metre summits or only 29 ? On the Balmenhorn, you will learn that it’s not so easy to make your mind up. This 4,167-metre high summit of the Balmenhorn lies on the Italian side of the Monte Rosa Massif, which has nine clearly defined peaks. The Balmenhorn is on the list of the so-called extended 4,000-metre summits.
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Das Bishorn befindet sich oberhalb von Zinal und bildet zusammen mit den Diablons den Nordrand der Dent-Blanche-Decke. Es befindet sich in unmittelbarer Nähe des Weisshorns und ist zweigipfelig. Vom Westgipfel hat man einen eindrucksvollen Blick auf den Weisshorngrat, dessen Verlängerung das Bishorn darstellt. Die Besteigung von der Cabane de Tracuit über die Nordwestflanke zum Ostgrat zählt zu den leichtesten Viertausenderrouten der Alpen.
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The Breithorn is a mountain crest with multiple peaks and a large number of glaciers. The western summit is the highest, but is also considered to be the easiest to climb. The middle and east summit and the Breithorn Twins form a chain towards the east. The most easterly summit, which marks the end of the Breithorn, is the Schwarzfluh (Roccia Nera). The border between Valais and the Autonomous Region of Aosta and the main chain of the Alps runs over the Breithorn, which also represents the regional water and meteorological divide.
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Castor (Italian: Punta Castore) is one of the two peaks known as the “Twins”, and is situated to the south-east of the similar-looking, but smaller, Pollux to the north-north-west. Castor lies between the Breithorn and the Monte Rosa, and its rocky summit is slightly to the south of the national frontier, and is thereby in Italy.
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The Dent Blanche is one of the more demanding 4,000-metre mountains for alpinists. Together with the Obergabelhorn and the Zinalrothorn, the mountain forms the southern end of the Val de Zinal. The German-French language border runs through here. The Dent Blanche is a powerful, largely ice-free pyramid with four ridges in all four cardinal directions. The Dent-Blanche cabin at 3,507 m.a.s.l. is the highest located SAC cabin in Switzerland. 1,700 metres of altitude must be overcome on the ascent alone.
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The Dent d’Hérens lies to the west of the Matterhorn, and is linked to it by a four kilometre long ridge. The approaches are long from all sides. The East Ridge is actually one of the longest in the Alps. You will have to undertake a long hike to take a look at this 4,000-metre mountain, because the Dent d'Hérens is very isolated. It can be seen, however, on the way from Zermatt to Schönbiel via Zmutt.
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The rocky Dirruhorn is the last summit of the Nadelgrat Ridge, lying to the north-west of the Mischabel range. It forms the isolated end point of the ridge and, unlike the other four summits of the Nadelgrat ridge, is seldom climbed – one reason, among others, being that the corn snow has melted away in recent years and there is a danger of falling rocks.
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