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Trek the Matterhorn Circuit

Hike a mini version of the world-famous trek through the beautiful Swiss Alps

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Adventures / Epic Treks

Trek the Matterhorn Circuit

Hike a mini version of the world-famous trek through the beautiful Swiss Alps

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Switzerland
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
Jul—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Geneva International Airport, Switzerland
ACCOMMODATION
Mountain hut · Guesthouse
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

With high peaks, mountain valleys and 15-20km a day to cover, you’ll need to be experienced with a reasonable level of fitness.

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Trek through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe over four unforgettable days

Visit Stellisee Lake and see the Matterhorn reflected on its mirror-like surface

Summit Pfulwe Peak (3400m), traverse the longest suspension bridge in the world and sleep in cosy mountain refuges surrounded by glaciers

Included

Guides

Qualified, English-speaking mountain guides

Accommodation

1 night in a hostel, 2 nights in remote mountain refuge

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

Arrive any time before 11:00 on Day 1

Ends

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

18:00 on Day 4

Transfers

You'll need to arrive into Gevena Airport no later than 11:00 on Day 1. Your transfer to the Alps will depart at 11:30 sharp!

Your return transfer will arrive at Geneva Aiport at around 18:00 on Day 4, so if departing that evening, book any flight that leaves after 19:30.

For those wanting to arrive a day early, extend their trip, or cannot make the included transfer times, your host can help arrange accomodation and a private transfer for you - see the Optional Extras section for prices.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Geneva from most major airports. It's also possible to get to Geneva by train - see the FAQs for more details.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Guesthouse · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the refuges and include coffee, bread, jam and butter. Depending on the refuge, they may also include orange juice, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, cheese and meats. Dinners are hearty and served in large portions - just what a hungry hiker needs! Typical meals include a soup starter, a main course of meat and veggies with a side of grains or pasta, and a dessert like vanilla pudding or creme brulee. Picnic lunches will be provided each day with sandwiches or wrap, a salad and a selection of fruit, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be catered for. Just let your host know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

The Alps

You’ll stay in peaceful mountain refuges or guesthouses high in the mountains. Accommodation will be mixed (male + female) dormitory rooms (up to 20 persons in one room). 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.

Zermatt

You’ll stay in either the Zermatt Youth Hostel or the Hotel Banhof in mixed dorm rooms.

Upgrades

Unfortunately, upgrades are not available due to the nature of accommodation on this trip.

Day 1

Welcome to the Swiss Alps

Hiking

3-4hrs · 5km · 815m up · 80m down

Head for the Matterhorn Valley and after a quick gear check, start up the steep and rugged Europa Trail. Trek to the famous Europahut where you’ll spend the night. You'll arrive just before dinner is served and sleep in a cosy dormitory at over 2000m above sea level.

Day 2

Hike the Europaweg

Hiking

7hrs · 12km · 1250m up · 800m down

Trek deep into the Matterhorn Valley and across 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 and then continue to your overnight mountain refuge, where there will be plenty of time for a sunset beer on the deck.

Day 3

Summit Pfulwe

Hiking

8-9hrs · 16km · 800m up · 1900m down

Rise early and catch the sun hitting the surrounding glaciers and the circle of 4000m peaks - the kaleidoscope of colour is worth setting your clock for. Follow the rugged, rocky and beautiful Täschalp Path through the Pfulwe Pass. If you want a challenge, climb to the top of Pfulwe itself (3313m) for an amazing panorama of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa (the highest mountain in Switzerland) and endless creaking glaciers. Pass the famous Stellisee Lake and capture the iconic picture of the Matterhorn reflected on the mirror-clear water, before returning to Zermatt for the night.

Day 4

Zermatt Edelweiss Trail

Hiking

4hrs · 8km · 600m up · 600m down

Wake up bright and early and indulge in a last, traditional Swiss breakfast, complete with local jams, marmalades, honey and cheeses. You’ll have a few hours to hike up the Edelweiss Trail and breathe in the mountain air before boarding the train with your guide for the journey back to Geneva Airport.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

Kit

  • 35 – 50L backpack with waist belt and raincover
  • Sleeping bag liner (very important!)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented - see Optional Extras)
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Toiletries, including sunblock
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Earplugs (recommended)

Clothes

  • Fleece or Merino pullover or sweater
  • Primaloft or thin down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
  • Synthetic shirts and trousers (zip-off preferable) for hiking
  • Comfortable shirt and trousers for the refuges
  • 2+ pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for around the refuge
  • Cap with brim to block the sun

This trip is suitable for experienced hikers with a reasonable level of fitness who are able to hike 15–20 km each day, with as much as 1000m of elevation gain. You will also be carrying your rucksack between refuges so you should be confident hiking with a 35-50L pack for multiple days.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tap water is freely available at the mountain huts and the guide will direct you to mountain springs while trekking.

Summer in the Swiss Alps is generally warm and fair, but the weather can change very quickly, bringing cold rain and wind. Average temperatures range from 6°C to 24°C. It rains roughly half of the days each month, but storms generally pass quickly.

Absolutely. You can leave anything you don't need with our host in Geneva and collect it on the last day. It must be in a closed bag, rather than loose items, so that it can be properly labelled and looked after.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are designed especially for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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