Trek the Matterhorn Circuit
4-day trek around the Matterhorn, through the beautiful Swiss Alps.
Why it's much better
- Hike a mini version of this world-famous long-distance trek
- Summit Pfulwe Peak (3400m) for a 360 degree view of 18 peaks over 4000m
- Visit Stellisee Lake to catch the Matterhorn reflected on its mirror-like surface
- Traverse the longest suspension bridge in the world
- Sleep in cosy mountain refuges surrounded by glaciers and 4000m peaks
- Hang out with grazing Ibex that live on the slopes
- Hike through the deep Gorner Gorge to listen to the powerful mountain rivers
- Guides Expert, English-speaking qualified mountain guides
- Accommodation 1 night in a hostel, 2 nights in remote mountain refuges
- Meals All your food is included
- Transfers All airport transfers and train from Zermatt to Geneva
- Permits All permits and entry fees
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Day 1: Welcome to The Swiss Alps!
You’ll be picked up from Geneva airport and driven to the Matterhorn Valley. After a quick gear check you’ll start the steep and rugged path up to the Europa Trail. The hike will take around 3 hours finishing at the location for your overnight stay: the famous Europahut. Better still, you’ll reach it just before dinner is served. After a hearty three course meal, you’ll spend the night in a cosy dormitory at over 2000m above sea level.
Approx 3-4 hours trekking / 4.5km / Ascent 815m / Descent 80m
Day 2: Hike along the Europaweg to the Täschalp
Today you’ll head deep into the Matterhorn Valley. First up: the legendary Charles Kuonen suspension bridge. At 500m it’s the longest suspension bridge for pedestrian use in the world. Stand in the middle of the crossing and take in the jaw-dropping panoramic mountain scenery.
You’ll continue trekking to your overnight mountain refuge, with time for a sunset beer on the deck if you're keen. Make sure you rise early to catch the sun hitting the surrounding glaciers and circle of 4000m peaks, the kaleidoscope of colour is worth setting your clock for.
Approx 7 hours trekking / 12km / Ascent 1250m / Descent 800m
Day 3 Summit Pfulwe and Stellisee Lake
Today’s hike starts gently along the flat Täschalp path towards the Pfulwe mountain, with its small glacier. The trail is rugged, rocky and beautiful. You’ll hike up to the Pfulwe pass with the option of climbing the summit of the Pfulwe (3313m). At the top you can admire a perfect panorama of the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa (the highest mountain in Switzerland) and endless creaking glaciers.
On the way down you’ll pass the famous Stellisee Lake, one of the best locations to take pictures of the Matterhorn with a reflection in the water. Arriving back at Zermatt in late afternoon, you’ll check into your cosy bed and breakfast before heading out for a meal with your guide. Ask your guide for their secret book of the best suggestions to eat and drink.
Approx 8-9 hours trekking / 16km / Ascent 800m / Descent 1900m
Day 4: Zermatt Edelweiss Trail
Wake up bright and early after a relaxing night in Zermatt. Fuel yourself for the day ahead by indulging in a traditional Swiss breakfast; complete with local jams, marmalades, honey and cheeses. You’ll have a few hours this morning to hike up to the Edelweiss Trail. Breathe in the mountain air for one last time before hopping on the train with your guide for the journey back to Geneva Airport.
Approx 4 hours trekking / 8km / Ascent 600m / Descent 600m
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You’ll be staying at peaceful mountain refuges or guesthouses high in the mountains. Accommodation is in mixed (male + female) dormitory rooms (up to 20 persons in one room). There are usually bunk beds or single beds.
All mountain accommodation features hot showers, running water, pillows, blankets and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics and even wifi.
In Zermatt you will stay in either the Zermatt Youth Hostel or the Hotel Banhof in dorm share rooms.
Unfortunately upgrades are not available due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip.
This adventure will take you through the Alp’s most beloved peaks, valleys and lakes. The area is dotted with quiet, quaint villages and straddles France, Italy and Switzerland.
The Matterhorn, the mountain that the route passes alongside, is Europe’s most distinct mountain peak. The view of its pyramid-like summit changes as the mountain catches the light throughout the day. It’s no wonder Victorian climbers became obsessed with the peak when they first attempted to conquer the Alps in the 1850s.
Your host will be there to meet all flights scheduled to arrive in Geneva before 11:00. You are free to make your own way to Geneva if you arrive the day before. Otherwise, the transfer from Geneva Airport is included.
At the end of your adventure, a transfer will drop you back at the airport for 18:00. If departing that evening, you can get any flight leaving after 19:30.
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