IMPRESSIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS
EASY AND FAMILY FRIENDLY TOURS
Personal recommendations from our staff
If you want to experience what it's like to stand on the summit of a four-thousand-metre peak, the route up the Breithorn (4,164 metres) offers a comparatively easy ascent. You trek up to the summit in a rope team with crampons and climbing harnesses. There are no climbing passages here, which is why the ascent can be completed in 2.5 hours there and back.
There is also a via ferrata in Zermatt that is accessible to families. The via ferrata is divided into three different sectors:
Sector A: Easy with children (duration: 1 hour).
Sector B: Challenge and height increase (duration: 2 hours)
Sector C: For experienced adventurers with courage and stamina (duration: 3.5 hours)
If you are looking for a tour that can be done without a mountain guide, we recommend the route to the Monte-Rosa mountain hut. Crampons are required for the ascent and an overnight stay at the hut is recommended, as the route to the hut takes 4 hours.
CHALLENGING TOURS AND ROUTES
High into the zone of 4,000-metre peaks
The ascent of Castor or Pollux is one of the more demanding routes, as it also involves individual climbing passages. Especially the narrow and steeply sloping summit ridge is not for the faint-hearted, as the wall drops steeply on both sides. The Castor with a total height of 4,223 metres and the Pollux with 4,092 metres are conquered in a time of 6 to 7 hours. The tour starts at the Klein Matterhorn.
Of course, Zermatt's landmark, the Matterhorn, must not left out of the climbing routes. Before you can tackle an ascent of the Matterhorn, you will first practise with the mountain guide on the neighbouring Riffelberg to check that you can manage the climb with your previous knowledge and fitness. If this is the case, the ascent begins the next day after an overnight stay at the Hörnli Hut. With a duration of 6 to 7 hours, this tour is without question one of the longer and also more difficult routes in Zermatt.