Hike to the Matterhorn | With your guide from Zermatt

Provided by: My Mountains

About this Guided private tour

Experience a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn and the Alps in a combination of cogwheel train ride and easy to moderate day hike.

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Hike to the Matterhorn | With your guide from Zermatt

Provided by: My Mountains

Highlights

breathtaking view of the Matterhorn

easy to moderate day hike

Europe's second highest railroad and the highest open-air railroad on the continent

quiet, private tour

english speaking guide and a local expert

Description

Enjoy a quiet, private tour where you can learn about the region and Switzerland. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and a local expert who will tell you all about the origins of Zermatt and the people of the Canton of Valais (French name) or Wallis (German name) while enjoying the magnificent views of the Alps.

Ride Europe's second highest railroad and the continent's highest open-air railroad - the Gornergrat cogwheel train - up to the 3089-meter Gornergrat with incredible views of the Matterhorn accompanying you most of the way. Gornergrat is the starting point for many hikes as it is surrounded by 29 Alpine peaks that rise above 4,000 meters. Climb slowly to a 360-degree open-air viewing platform where you can see many of the highest peaks in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa peaks and glaciers, the highest place in Switzerland. When you have taken in the magnificent alpine scenery and so many unforgettable photos, you can enjoy refreshments and relaxation on the sun terrace of the Kulm Hotel, the highest hotel in Europe, or browse the special Gornergrat souvenir stores.

The tour continues with a short descent on the Gornergrat cogwheel train to the next station. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Matterhorn. Start your hike on signposted paths and trails through a nature reserve. Along the way, note the geology of the area and the amazing variety of tiny alpine wildflowers. Stop at a beautiful little lake where you can take iconic photos of the Matterhorn reflected in the still water, or amazing selfies with the Matterhorn in the background.

Continue your hike and stare directly at the Matterhorn and the imposing peaks that surround it (but also remember where you're going!). Take refreshments on the sun terrace of the historic Riffelberg Restaurant, where Mark Twain stayed on his trips to Zermatt, and enjoy the more spectacular views of the Matterhorn.

Depending on your hiking enthusiasm and energy level, you and your guide can now determine how much more hiking you would like to do before finally re-boarding the Gornergrat train to return to Zermatt for good and finish the tour your most memorable Swiss experiences.

Extras

  • Lunch
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Plenty of water, as the altitude can make you thirsty
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Warm, layered, windproof clothing - it can get cold at the top
  • Shoes with sturdy soles that grip the ground; ankle-high boots are recommended (but not required)
  • Walking poles are recommended (but not essential)
  • Headache medication, sweets and a bottle of Coke are recommended if you have problems with altitude

Meeting Points

Hinterdorfstrasse 53, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland

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