- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Climb Mount Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.
The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone and Zmutt ridges.
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn is the most recognised mountain on the European continent.
Sometimes referred to as the Mountain of Mountains, the Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps and the Alps in general.
In the shape of a roughly chiseled rock pyramid, this peak serves as a defining geographical landmark. For many climbers, ascending the Matterhorn, the birthplace of the sport of mountaineering, represents a return to the purist traditions of climbing.
Despite the number of people who climb the Matterhorn, it should not be looked on as an easy challenge, even in the best of weather. The route is long, has a significant degree of technical difficulty and requires a high level of fitness, including the ability to haul your own body weight up long sections of fixed rope over near-vertical ground.
The climbing season is from the beginning of July to mid-September. For the ascent itself, a guide is essential – and needs to be booked when you start planning.