Cost: £2,895
Ratio (Clients:Guides): 1:1
Estimated Hut and Cable car costs: CHF365
Dates available: 7th July - 14th July 2018 [ Full ], 21st July - 28th July 2018 [ Full ], 28th July - 4th August 2018, 4th August - 11th August 2018 [ Full ], 11th August - 18th August 2018 [ Full ], 18th August - 25th August 2018, 25th August - 1st September 2018 [ Full ], 1st September - 8th September 2018 [ Full ]

A fantastic week of 1:1 guided mountaineering culminating in climbing the Matterhorn, one of Switzerlands most famous peaks, with our IFMGA Mountain Guides.

In just a one week trip, 1:1 guiding for the full 6 days ensures maximum climbing time, acclimatising with more technical climbing at AD level. After an initial 3 days of acclimatisation you will head to Zermatt to climb the Matterhorn by the Hornli or Italian ridge.

The difficulty and physical challenge of climbing the Matterhorn should not be underestimated. It offers very long and sustained rock climbing, with some strenuous sections on fixed ropes and spectacular exposure. The terrain is very different from snow peaks like Mont Blanc. Recent rock climbing and scrambling training plus winter mountaineering experience is essential for a safe and enjoyable ascent. A couple of days' prior personal acclimatisation before the trip is helpful.

Thanks to Dave Kenyon (British IFMGA Mountain Guide) for this video shot from the summit:

Typical itinerary in good conditions:

Day 1: Traverse of Petit Dent de Veisivi (3184m) - a high-quality rock scramble of AD (grade III) standard

Days 2-3: Ascend to Vignettes Hut (3158m) above Arolla and traverse Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3869m)(AD-) a classic mixed route at high-altitude

Days 4-6: Drive to Zermatt and walk in to Hornli hut. Climb the Matterhorn by the Hörnli or Italian Ridge (AD or AD+); return to Evolène

One day within these last three is "floating" to allow flexibility with summit timing to make the best of weather and mountain conditions. It can be used for rock climbing or single day ascents of alpine routes in the Arolla area (e.g. Couronne de Breona).

Climb the Matterhorn IFMGA GuideClimb the Matterhorn British Mountain Guide

"Eiger / Matterhorn Double"

This 1:1 guiding week can be used to climb both the Matterhorn and the Eiger for a guiding supplement of £300. Please add this on your booking form in the "Extra's" box if required. Note: if planning to attempt both summits in 6 days, clients must have acclimatised beforehand and be able to demonstrate their climbing ability is suitable for such technical routes from the outset (e.g. having completed a suitable mountaineering course with Frost Guiding in the previous week).

Discount available for booking to climb the Matterhorn as a group of 2 and acclimatising together at a guiding ratio of 2:1 on less technical routes for 3 days (you would still spend the second half of the week at a 1:1 ratio).

Climbing the Matterhorn Fixed Ropes

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Climb the Matterhorn price click here.