At 4,478 m, the Matterhorn is the most difficult classic in the Alps. The climb and descent is done exclusively over rocks and ice, and it requires outstanding fitness and experience in rock climbing with and without crampons. The normal route is via the Hörnligrat and is only suitable for well-versed mountaineers accompanied by a mountain guide.
- Type Alpine climbing
- Difficulty hard
- Duration 8,30 h
- Distance 3,9 km
- Ascent 1218 m
- Descent 1218 m
- Lowest point 3260 m
- Highest point 4478 m
Ascent from the Hörnli hut along the Hörnligrat up to the Matterhorn
(Descente the same way down, duration approx. 4 - 5 h)
We strongly recommend that even experienced mountaineers book a qualified mountain guide who knows the mountain very well.
- Climbing boots with a profiled rubber sole suitable for use with crampons
- Climbing harness
- Backpack (approx. 30 litre capacity)
- Warm weatherproof clothing
- Full-fingered gloves (poss. spare pair of gloves)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Snacks (high energy foods)
- Thermos flask (warm tea is available at the hut) or drinking bottle
- Extra layers of clothes
Important! Requirements: 8 to 9 hour endurance performance. Having already a very good physical condition before the arrival in Zermatt. Experienced in rock climbing (grade IV) as well as in hiking and climbing with and without crampons, on both the ascent and descent.
If you just want to experience what it is like to be on the Hörnligrat and then enjoy the view from the summit of the Matterhorn without having to climb the mountain yourself, you can do it with the “Mammut 360° Project”.
Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
- Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
- Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
- Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
- Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
- It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
- Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
- Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.