Guidebook

Zermatt's Mighty 4000 Metre Mountains

Climb some of the most iconic mountains on Earth including the most famous of them all - the Matterhorn.

Description

Zermatt is home to a dense collection of 4000 metre peaks and this is your guide to climbing 4 of the best. No guidebook to Zermatt's mightiest mountains would be complete without the Matterhorn, and that is in here alongside 3 other beautiful, high mountains.

The Dufourspitze is the highest mountain in the Alps outside the Mont Blanc region and the Zinal Rothorn and Obergabelhorn are amongst the most celebrated summits in Europe. All 3 are described here in detail.

If you've done a few easier peaks such as those in our Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso and Saas Fee guidebooks, these 4 mountains represent a good step up into tougher and more committing ascents.

Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m
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Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
7.4 km
505 m
A brand new route to the hut, taking a beautiful but easy glacial mountain journey
Easy
Private
Monte Rosa, Dufourspitze, 4634m
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Monte Rosa, Dufourspitze, 4634m

10.4 km
1,685 m
A huge day to the second highest peak in Europe.
Moderate
Private
Matterhorn, 4478m. Hörnli Ridge.
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Matterhorn, 4478m. Hörnli Ridge.

Cervinia
3.5 km
1,237 m
The least difficult route up the most famous mountain in the Alps, if not the world.
Difficult
Private
Obergabelhorn, 4063m. ENE Ridge via Wellenkuppe.
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Obergabelhorn, 4063m. ENE Ridge via Wellenkuppe.

7.3 km
972 m
A beautifully shaped mountain, unusual in having its least difficult route via another summit.
Difficult
Private
Zinalrothorn, 4221m. Traverse of SE Ridge, descending N Ridge.
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Zinalrothorn, 4221m. Traverse of SE Ridge, descending N Ridge.

6.3 km
984 m
A justifiably popular traverse of a beautiful mountain, on very good rock.
Difficult
Private
Hörnliweg

Hörnliweg

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
1 - 2 hrs
4.3 km
726 m
47 m
This trail leads to what is probably the key location in Zermatt, the Hörnli Hut ¦ Base Camp Matterhorn at the foot of the Matterhorn. Historically this has been the heart of all the action, and remains so today.
Extreme
Private
Zermatt to the Rothorn Hut

Zermatt to the Rothorn Hut

3 - 4 hrs
7.8 km
1,619 m
16 m
A steep climb to the foot of Zinalrothorn.
Difficult
Private