Explore the highest Swiss Alps with an optional climb of a 4000m peak
Using the thriving town of Zermatt as our base, this itinerary offers trekking amid some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery, including the greatest concentration of 4000m peaks in the Alps.
Traversing the head of the Zermatt Valley, we make two separate overnight trips from Zermatt, staying in excellent, well-equipped mountain refuges. Perhaps the most spectacular hut is the Schonbiel Refuge, right under the dramatic north face of the Matterhorn.
Our final day is free to explore the valley and Zermatt itself, or for those looking for a further challenge, an ascent of the Breithorn (4164m) can be arranged.
It is a great introductory climb, perfect for those looking to learn how to use crampons, practice ice skills and feel the exhilaration of conquering their first glaciated peak.
What makes this trip responsible?
Throughout this trek we visit small mountain refuges for drink and snack stops helping to support the mountain community. While trekking our leaders and support staff work hard to ensure our groups leave minimal impact on the areas they walk, taking all litter and recycling where possible.
Amazing views of the Gornergletscher