Matterhorn Guide

Climb the Jewell of the Swiss Alps!
The Matterhorn, “Monte Cervino” to Italians, or “Mont Cervin” to the French, lies on Switzerland and Italy's border and reaches 4478m to its peak. The wonderfully exposed climb is the most challenging of the classic Alps routes. The peak's iconic pyramid is recognized by climbers and non-climbers alike and is a highly respected feat by those in the mountaineering community. Unlike Mont Blanc, previous technical alpine and rock climb experience is required for the climb, which is mostly rock and ice.

Our trip plan includes a three-day warm-up, taking advantage of some of the exceptional climbing the area offers while acclimating and, of course, soaking up the rich Italian culture. Three days are set aside for your summit attempt to account for weather contingency, maximizing your attempt's success.

Our European offer everything you need from the start to the finish of your summit attempt. Small group guiding  - 2:1 on the warm-up and 1:1 on the climb - guarantees your safety and an unbeatable experience.

The Goods

Length: 6 Days

Starting point: Zermatt

Summit Elevation: 4478m

Season: July 1 - September 31

Max Guide to Guest Ratio: 2:1 Warm-Up, 1:1 Summit

Style of climbing: Steep rock and ice

Cost: €2,890


Day 1: Cosmiques Arete
- Aiguille du midi lift
- Night in Chamonix
Day 2: Entreves Traverse
- Skyway lift
- Night in Torino hut
Day 3: Dent Du Geant
- Night in Chamonix
Day 4: Approach to Matterhorn
- Night in Hornli hut
Day 5: Summit Matterhorn (1st attempt)
- Night in Hornli hut or Chamonix
Day 6: Matterhorn (weather contingency) or climb in Chamonix
- Night in Chamonix
What's Included

What's included

  • Valley accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Mountain hut accommodation
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner in mountain huts
  • Transportation from Chamonix to Zermatt
  • Lifts
  • Guide fees
  • Group equipment
Not Included

Not included

  • Travel to/from Geneva
  • First and last night's accommodation
  • Meals while in the valley
  • Personal gear rental (lots of affordable rental options in town!)
  • Drinks while in mountain huts (no running water in mountain huts, 1.5L = 5EU/7CAD)
  • Travel Insurance
Gear list

Gear List

Personal Gear

  • Boots - full-leather or plastic mountaineering boots. If leather, they should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or equivalent
  • Lightweight thermal layers - top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants - nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight outer layer waterproof pants - Gore-Tex style
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Gloves (medium weight) - wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best ) (2 pair)
  • Socks - wool or synthetic blend
  • Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece (1)

Mic Gear

  • Sunglasses - 1005 UV block (1pr)
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Sunscreen - minimum spf30
  • Water bottles/hydration system - minimum 1 litres
  • Small "thermos" for hot drinks (optional)
  • Summit / Day-pack - 15-40 litres capacity (optional, your big backpack can also work as a Summit pack)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Personal first aid kit (blister kit, medication, earplugs)
  • Gaiters (1 pair)
  • Knife - Swiss army style
  • Hand sanitizer

Technical Gear

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness - seat harness only.
  • Helmet
  • Glacier Travel Kit
  • Crampons - adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Walking pole(s) - Optional

Group Gear - Provided by Altus

  • Compass and map
  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rope & technical gear

Is this for you?

The summit of Matterhorn requires adequate fitness, and the climb itself is technical in nature. You should be physically capable of moving for up to 14 hours on the summit day and should have previous mountaineering experience.

  • Previous Mountaineering experience
  • Have top-roped 5.6 as a minimum
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 10 hours
Booking Policy

*This trip has a unique payment policy.

When making a booking

Greater than 30 days from the start date

  • A 50% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. The remaining trip cost is due 30 days prior to the trip date.

Less than 30 days from the start date

  • The trip cost must be paid in full

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here.

Scheduled Trip Dates

2021 Dates Coming Soon!€2,890 / person

Based on a minimum of 2 participants

Custom Dates

Custom dates and duration available upon request!


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Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.