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4.8
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Trek the Matterhorn Circuit

3 nights
Challenging

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, English-speaking IML-certified guides

Guesthouse & Mountain hut

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

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers & Permits

Your transfers to and from Geneva Airport, permits and entry fees are included

Equipment

Pillows and blankets are provided at the refuges. Trekking poles are available for hire.

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 17 reviews
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...
November 2023
Evan
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...
November 2023
Evan
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...
November 2023
Evan
Excellent trip, breathtaking views and guid...
November 2023
Natalie
Excellent trip, breathtaking views and guid...
November 2023
Natalie
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
October 2023
Teeny
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
October 2023
Teeny
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
October 2023
Teeny
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
October 2023
Teeny
More difficult that expected due to steep a...
October 2023
Sarah
More difficult that expected due to steep a...
October 2023
Sarah
More difficult that expected due to steep a...
October 2023
Sarah
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...
August 2023
Natalie
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...
August 2023
Natalie
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...
August 2023
Natalie
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
August 2023
Steph
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
August 2023
Steph
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
August 2023
Steph
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
August 2023
Steph
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
August 2023
Daniel
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
August 2023
Daniel
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
August 2023
Daniel
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
August 2023
Daniel
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
August 2023
Daniel
Hiking around the Matterhorn in Switzerland...
August 2023
Izzy
Hiking around the Matterhorn in Switzerland...
August 2023
Izzy
Hiking around the Matterhorn in Switzerland...
August 2023
Izzy
Hiking around the Matterhorn in Switzerland...
August 2023
Izzy
Hiking around the Matterhorn in Switzerland...
August 2023
Izzy
Fantastic trip. Well organised with airport...
July 2023
Simon

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 Alps and sleep in cosy mountain refuges surrounded by glaciers

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to the Swiss Alps

Driving

2.5hrs

Hiking

3-4hrs · 8km · 850m up · 80m down

Meet up with your crew in Geneva and drive for about two and a half hours, skirting Lake Geneva, to the Matterhorn Valley. After a quick gear check, start up the steep and rugged Europa Trail. Trek to the famous Europahütte 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 · 13km · 1100m up · 700m 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 Alps. Stand in the middle of the crossing and take in the jaw-dropping panoramic mountain scenery. After the bridge, continue on the famous Europaweg, a trail cut into the mountainside (with a few exposed sections), and join the Edelweiss trail to your cosy overnight mountain refuge, the Täschhütte. There will be plenty of time for a sunset beer on the deck overlooking the iconic Weisshorn and Zinalrothorn mountains on the other side of the valley.

Day 3

Summit Pfulwe

Hiking

8-9hrs · 18km · 1000m 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 alarm 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. On the descent to Zermatt, you'll trek over the Fluealp, pass by the famous Stellisee Lake and capture the iconic picture of the Matterhorn reflected on the mirror-clear water. Today is a big day with a lot of descent; if your legs are tired you can pay for the cable car down to Zermatt to reduce the distance.

Day 4

Zermatt Edelweiss Trail

Hiking

5hrs · 15km · 500m up · 650m down

Driving

2.5hrs

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 walking down the valley to Täsch, from where you'll continue by road to Geneva Airport.

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. Breakfasts always 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 brûlée. Picnic lunches will be provided each day, featuring a large main item like a sandwich or wrap, a salad, and a selection of fruit, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements (including gluten-free) can be catered for with advanced notice. Just let your host know when booking. Whilst dietary needs are sent to each refuge with the group reservations, please consider that the mountain refuges will have a limited range of choice to offer guests due to their remote locations. People with very specific dietary requirements typically choose to also bring some of their own snacks with them to ensure they have sufficient fuel for hiking up and down the beautiful mountain trails.

What is the accommodation like?

Europahutte, Europa Trail, Switzerland
The Alps

You’ll be staying at authentic mountain refuges. The accommodation is simple, clean and comfortable. Groups typically sleep in mixed dormitory rooms of up to 20 persons, usually in bunk or single beds. They feature hot showers, running water, pillows and blankets, and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics, and some even have WiFi. Some refuges are more modern in style, others have a more traditional heritage, most are busy throughout the hiking season; it's the refuge's location and its remoteness that largely decides what comforts and conveniences are available. It's best to keep your expectations simple and enjoy the time on the trail to unplug from everyday life.

Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt

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

Upgrades

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

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

Arrive any time before 10:30 on Day 1

Ends

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

18:00 on Day 4

Transfers

You'll need to arrive into Geneva Airport no later than 10:30 on Day 1. Your transfer to the Alps will depart at 11:30 sharp! Your return transfer will arrive at Geneva Airport 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 group transfer times, your host can assist with booking pre/post trip accommodation and private transfers for an additional cost. Prices vary across the season with availability, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Travel options

The latest possible joining time for this trip is 11:30 at Geneva Airport, even in the event of a flight delay. If you arrive beyond this time, it will not be possible to catch up with the group. You may wish to arrive a day early and overnight at an airport hotel or in Geneva before your trip gets underway.

There are regular flights across Europe into Geneva Airport (GVA).

For those who wish to avoid flying, there are regular trains connecting London and Geneva. The fastest way is to hop on the Eurostar and change in Paris. The whole journey can take as little as 6 hours if you get a short connection. Your return leg at the end of the trip can begin at Zermatt train station for various onward train travel routes throughout Europe.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's available to hire?

  • Trekking poles (see Optional Extras for prices)

What do I need to bring?

You'll be carrying all you need for the four day trip on your back, so don't over pack but also don't skip the essentials. Hiking in the Alps even in the peak of summer you can have very mixed conditions, both hot and cold, especially when climbing over the high mountain passes.

KIT

  • 30-50L backpack with waist belt (plus a rain cover)
  • A Pack Liner or Dry Bag is also good protection in case of rain
  • Sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk). This is very important as it's a mandatory requirement at the mountain refuges. Pillows and blankets are provided by the refuges.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended due to altitude)
  • Hydration/Electrolyte tablets
  • Preferred snacks for the trail
  • Towel
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Toiletries and personal first aid items
  • Swim suit
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask (recommended)
  • Cash (CHF) for drinks, snacks along the trail, tips etc.
  • Plug adaptor and/or battery pack to charge electrical devices (note Switzerland uses a different standard to the rest of Europe)
  • Headlamp

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof Jacket (with hood) and Trousers
  • Primaloft or Down Jacket
  • Fleece or merino pullover or sweater
  • Synthetic or merino wool base layers
  • Warm hat and gloves (really important in mixed weather conditions)
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Synthetic shirts and trousers (zip-off preferable) for hiking
  • Comfortable shirt and trousers for the refuges
  • 2+ pairs of hiking socks, wool or synthetic
  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes (worn in)
  • Comfortable light shoes for around the refuge
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Trekking Poles

Payable In Resort

Trekking Poles

Evan(November 2023)
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...
Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in...

Awesome trip, challenging, doable, nice in between from completely roughing it and staying in hotels. Amazing views and Joel was an awesome guide!

Natalie(November 2023)
Excellent trip, breathtaking views and guid...
Excellent trip, breathtaking views and guid...

Excellent trip, breathtaking views and guided with confidence, competence and humour.

Teeny(October 2023)
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...
we have an amazing and unique experience wi...

we have an amazing and unique experience with MBA. The hike is challenging, requiring a lot endurance and some technics; but the scenery is breathtaking! We are very well looked after by our guide Joel - he appreciates we are at different levels, and made sure we are all safe and happy with our own speed. Our group is fun, full of similar minded hikers. The accommodation and food are basic (you can’t ask for more at that altitude!)

Debasmita(October 2023)

Beautiful landscapes make the hike completely worth the effort.

Eleanore(October 2023)

These 4 days really pack a lot in. It is the perfect trip for someone with limited leave to really feel like you are getting away and stretching yourself. Absolutely would recommend.

Sarah(October 2023)
More difficult that expected due to steep a...
More difficult that expected due to steep a...
More difficult that expected due to steep a...

More difficult that expected due to steep ascents and difficult paths.The guide and the group made this achievable and an enjoyable experience.Well organised.My second Better Adventures trip .Hopefully not my last ! RECOMMEND HIGHLY

Natalie(August 2023)
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...
Challenging hiking through beautiful scener...

Challenging hiking through beautiful scenery. The trails were quiet and remote, with a great balance of technical sections, wildlife and breaks at mountain refuges. Our guide was knowledgable and flexible, allowing the group to adapt our plans slightly to suit us. We were lucky enough to have views of the Matterhorn as we approached throughout the trip, but there are plenty of other amazing peaks and glaciers along the way. Kept well fed by the refuges, but do bring your own snacks too for along the route as there are some long climbs with additional energy required!

Steph(August 2023)
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...
Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challe...

Fantastic trip from start to finish. Challenging hikes but with the most amazing views of the Alps, clean and comfortable mountain refuges. Highlights were summiting Pfulwe at 3314m and getting a perfect clear day on the last day for the best Matterhorn views. Big thank you to our guide Grant for such an epic 4 days of hiking.

Daniel(August 2023)
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...
This was my first MBA trip and it did not d...

This was my first MBA trip and it did not disappoint. A tough walk but rewarding walk awaits you in Switzerland. Our local guide Grant was very informative and kept us all going strong throughout.10/10 would recommend

Henrietta(August 2023)