This tour is a perfect way to get a sense of high Alpine air for the first time but only for surefooted and experienced mountain hikers accompanied by a mountain guide. The tour includes climbing a glaciated four thousand-metre peak, and this is not to be underestimated. In the early morning, one takes the aerial tramway to Matterhorn glacier paradise at 3,883 m. The climb to the top and the descent afterwards lasts about three hours depending on the conditions. Even though the climb is not dizzying, the tour does offer a high Alpine mountain experience where one can live out the feeling of having one’s head already in outer space.
- Snow tour on the glacier
- The overall difficulty of the tour is given as “L” (easy)
- A mountain guide is recommended
- Warning: glacier crevasses
We recommend a guided tour with a mountain guide who knows well the place. Further information and mountain guide agency: www.zermatters.ch
Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village.
- Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
- Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
- Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
- Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
- It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
- Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
- Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.
Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.
Getting thereZermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.
Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.
ParkingTäsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.
Onward travel: see “Getting there”.
- Climbing boots suitable for use with crampons
- Climbing harness
- 1 ski pole
- Warm weatherproof clothing
- Warm full-fingered gloves and hat
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Thermos flask (approx. 1 litre capacity)
- Snacks (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit, dextrose etc.)
Important! Requirement: good physical condition
Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
- 35-45 liter rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Lip protection (SPF 30+)
- Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
- Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes
- B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
- C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)
- Single rope
- Half ropes
- Twin ropes
- Friend/cam 0
- Friend/cam 0.1
- Friend/cam offset 0.1-0.2
- Friend/cam 0.2
- Friend/cam offset 0.2-0.3
- Friend/cam 0.3
- Friend/cam offset 0.3-0.4
- Friend/cam 0.4
- Friend/cam offset 0.4-0.5
- Friend/cam 0.5
- Friend/cam offset 0.5-0.75
- Friend/cam 1
- Friend/cam 2
- Friend/cam 3
- Friend/cam 4
- Friend/cam 5
- Friend/cam 6
- Friend/cam 7
- Friend/cam 8
- Set of nuts
- Double set of nuts
- Small nuts
- Medium nuts
- Large nuts
- Nut tool
- Ball nut(s)
- (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
- Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
- Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
- Pitons and hammer
- Set of ice screws
- Short ice screws
- Medium ice screws
- Long ice screws
- V-Thread tool
- 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
- Locking device
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.