Matterhorn, in very dry conditions at dawn

Climb the Alpine Big 3 : Mont Blanc, Eiger & Matterhorn

The ultimate alpine trilogy to the summits of the 3 most famous mountains in Europe!

Alpine Climbing Moderate, Difficult

Also in Haute-Savoie, FranceBern, SwitzerlandValais, Switzerland

Matterhorn, in very dry conditions at dawn
Matterhorn, in very dry conditions at dawn Photo: Hindol Bhattacharya

Description

All Alpine mountains are equal but these 3 are slightly more equal than the others - Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn is arguably the most recognisable mountain in the World, and the Eiger is home to the most feared face in Europe. If you ask mountaineers which 3 summits they'd like to climb in the Alps then "Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger" would likely be the answer. No matter where else you go and no matter what you do, climbing these 3 mountains is a lifetime achievement.

In this guidebook you'll find the "easy" (all things are relative) classic routes on the Eiger and Matterhorn, and then the 2 most popular routes on Mont Blanc. All 3 mountains have tougher routes on them but nonetheless the routes described here are all high altitude, serious affairs. Being caught on any of them in bad weather would be truly desperate, as would trying to tackle them when you lack the suitable skills and experience. Save these 3 peaks for when you've logged some mileage and are fully prepared to take on this epic trilogy.

If you want get prepared for this challenge, here are a couple of suggestions of guidebooks to launch your alpine climbing career!

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