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 Weisshorn above Randa is considered to be one of the most important 4,000-metre mountains of the Alps. Although the Weisshorn cannot start to compete with the Matterhorn in terms of appearance, the mountain is relatively free-standing, and, with its three ridges and faces, forms a regular pyramid shape, which is actually higher than the Matterhorn. The 150th anniversary of its first ascent occurs in 2011.
The Zinalrothorn lies between the Nikolai Valley and the west-facing Val d'Anniviers, only a few kilometres from the Weisshorn and the Dente Blanche. Its distinctive summit extends diagonally into the landscape, and the rock is of very good quality. The Zinalrothorn is a classic mountain for Alpine climbing with a difficulty of Level 3, which means: the climbing routes are not yet perpendicular and the holding points are very large. The Rothorngrat Ridge (South-west Ridge) is regarded as one of the best rock climbs in the Zermatt area.
The Zumsteinspitze at 4,563 m.a.s.l is the third highest summit of the Monte Rosa massif and stands both on Swiss and Italian soil. It lies between the Dufourspitze and the Signalkuppe, separated by the Grenzsattel 4,453 m.a.s.l and the Colle Gnifetti 4,453 m.a.s.l.. It was first climbed for scientific reasons when the Monte Rosa massif was still totally unknown.