Switzerland

Matterhorn Highlights

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Explore the beautiful Swiss Alps, with this 4-day trek towards the grand and imposing Matterhorn.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hike to Europa Hut

You will be met in Randa, on the train line to Zermatt, at 2:30 pm. From there, you’ll take the rugged forest trail up to the Europa Hut. With panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss Alps, you will spend the evening in this cosy mountain hut, at 2220m of altitude. Breakfast, Dinner, and accommodation are included on this trip.

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Today you'll cross the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge. At 494m long, it's the longest hanging suspension bridge in the alps! You’ll then continue to hike along the Europaweg balcony trail up to the Täschalp mountain hut, surrounded by glaciers and mountain peaks.

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Today you'll continue along the trail towards the Matterhorn, with virtually uninterrupted views of the iconic mountain. The day will finish at the Ze Seewinjinu mountain hut with amazing views of the Matterhorn. Anyone facny a swim in a warm mountain lake?

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On the final day you will complete the tour of the 5 lakes, before descending to Zermatt. You will be back in Zermatt in time for the train back to the airport, either Geneva, Zurich or Milan, arrival by 6pm.

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8 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Dragos
Dragos

Traveled Jul 2022

I had a really good time

David
David

Traveled Jun 2022

Highly recommend the AlpsAdventures Matterhorn Highlights tour. An unforgettable experience from beginning to end. The transfer from Geneva airport to Randa by train was seamless with stunning views of Lake Geneva and an adventure even before the tour began! Tom Brodie, our tour guide provided an impeccably organised itinerary with challenging walking routes (all doable with a reasonable level of fitness) and breathtaking views of the mountains. His knowledge of the wildlife and fauna was extensive and we spotted many indigenous species including the Chamois Deer, Marmotts and the elusive wild Edelweiss. We crossed suspension bridges and swam in one of the many wonderful lakes. The accommodation within the mountain huts was exceptional and the food was plentiful and of a incredibly high standard. We shared the tour with lovely likeminded people and swapped many photos all of which told a tale and will make me smile for years to come. Cannot recommend more highly.

Claire
Claire

Traveled Jun 2022

We enjoyed the Matterhorn highlights trip, the distances/heights per day were well balanced. All the huts were clean, staff were helpful and the food was excellent. We loved meeting different people and had a great group, the highlight was swimming in the lake on Day 3. The trains to get to Randa were easily navigated through the app and the advice given on lockers was useful as we extended our trip with 3 days in Lausanne afterwards.

Jing
Jing

Traveled Jun 2022

Just came back from the great hiking. Amazing view, tasty food, friendly guide (Tom), highly recommended tour!

Rachel
Rachel

Traveled Jun 2022

Amazing experience with a great bunch of people and plenty of laughs shared. Breathtaking scenery with many highlights over the 4 days and swimming in the lake was definitely one of them. Very well organised and our guide Tom did a great job.

Barbara
Barbara

Traveled Jun 2022

Had a fantastic time. Tom an excellent guide and host. A great bunch of people all up for the challenge. Even the weather was on our side.

Brad
Brad

Traveled Jun 2022

In one word: unforgettable. It was truly a magical and humbling experience. The views can’t be fully appreciated through photos alone. Some of my highlights included crossing the suspension bridge, our many ridge walks, and pausing to breath, taking in the beauty that surrounded us every step of the way. What I’ll remember most though are the fantastic people that I was able to share the four days with. A special thanks to Tom (our guide) who provided us with safety, care, and a few funny jokes along the way. I’ll be booking another trek soon!

Dora
Dora

Traveled Jun 2022

Great scenery, a well organized tour and a spectacular group. Thanks!

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FAQs

Day 1: 4.5km, 815m ascent, 80m descent, 3hrs 15 mins

Day 2: 12km, 1250m ascent, 800m descent, 7hrs

Day 3: 17.2km, 980m ascent, 1060m descent, 8hrs 30 mins

Day 4: 12.7km, 170m ascent, 1190m descent, 4hrs 30mins

This is a long-distance trek for sporty and fit people who want to do their first, or more, multi-day hike. A typical day in the mountains can be trekking for up to 8 hours with a rucksack, so you need a fairly good level of physical fitness and endurance. We recommend training with any sport that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis). Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 5-7kg rucksack. A positive mental attitude is the most important thing though if you think you can do it our skilled and experienced guides will support you along the way.

You'll need to carry clothing for the four days, waterproofs, sun cream and a few other items. We'll pick up food and water along the way. In total, your full bag should be no more than 8kg (we recommend aiming for 5kg). Watch our packing video for advice. 

Should you require luggage storage our suggestion would be to use a railway station locker that's convenient to you. Unfortunately, Randa station doesn't offer left luggage. We can recommend travelling to Zermatt before the trip, if you've time. They have lockers and you will pass through here at the end of the trip. You can get a first view of the Matterhorn from here! Alternatively, there are storage lockers in Visp, where you will need to change trains between the mainline and the Zermatt line, wherever you travel on to. 

You can find more information and locations here: https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/at-the-station/services-at-the-station/lockers/lockers.html.

You stay in mountain huts on each of the nights. Please note that mountain huts are in remote regions (supplies are typically helicoptered in) and inherently quite basic, with dormitory-style rooms and shared bathrooms. Single or double supplements are unfortunately therefore not available on this trip. Electricity, warm showers and snacks are however available. Most of the mountain huts on this trip do not have wifi.

There is a maximum of 14 people and most trips sell out. There are no minimum numbers - once you are booked on the trip is guaranteed to run.

Walking poles are available for rent. The cost is 10CHF and these must be requested on your registration form, at least 1 week before departure. Additional Items for Travel During Covid-19 The following additional items must be brought by all participants, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing: - Thin sleeping bag liner - these are also available to rent or buy from your guide if pre-ordered. - Face mask for use in the huts - Personal hand sanitiser Documents - Passport - Boarding pass for flights - Money (CHF) - Credit/Debit Card Sleeping - Sleeping bag liner - Ear Plugs Footwear - Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight - Very lightweight shoe's for the evening (or you can borrow hut slippers) Clothing Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking. - 1 x pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (long johns or similar) - 3 x t-shirts - 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening 4 x hiking socks - 3 - 4 pairs of underwear - 1 x fleece - Light down or Primaloft jacket - Waterproof jacket and trousers - Hiking trousers: we recommend a pair that zip off into trousers.  - Comfortable trousers for the evening - Sun Hat, Warm Hat and gloves - Buff or scarf Other - A day bag: 35 - 45 litres - all your kit should fit into this bag. - Travel towel - Dry bag or liner - Water bottle: At least 2L - Sun protection: Sunglasses, suncream and sun hat - Personal medication - Toiletries - Electronics - headtorch, travel adapter, phone and charger - Hand sanitiser - Hiking poles (Available to rent for 10CHF - these must be requested at least 1 week before your trip). You do not require any specialist equipment for this trip.

In short, Zermatt is equidistant from 3 airports, Geneva, Zurich, and Milan. From all of these, you can reach the start and end point more quickly and easily by rail than by road. So it is not economical for us to do so. This saves you money if you book your train ahead of time. It gives you more flexibility, to extend your trip, and get the cheapest flight. It also supports our environmental initiative and credentials to only use road transport when there is no practical alternative. If you still want to get a pick up you can organise this with other members of the group in the Skyhook chat and book it yourself through the many people who transfer from airports to Zermatt. Believe us though, the train is easy, has a cafe and toilet onboard, and has great views. You're missing the Swiss experience if you don't use the legendary trains. Please note: We have removed the inclusion of train tickets from this trip and reduced the price accordingly. If you booked prior to this change you will still receive your tickets. Please inform us of your travel dates to Randa a minimum of 60 days before you travel. Contact us via the chat should you have any questions regarding this change.

Includes: - Accommodation in mountain huts - Food: Breakfast and Dinner Excludes: - Flights - Transfers - Personal travel/rescue insurance - Lunch, snacks, drinks. Which we can buy along the way.

Start: You need to meet your guide in Randa at 14:30. You must ensure that you leave the airport, no later than 11 am. We recommend completing the journey by train. End: We will finish at Zermatt station by 2 pm, for you to catch your train to the airport, or to continue your stay in Zermatt. Please note: We have removed the inclusion of train tickets from this trip and reduced the price accordingly. If you booked prior to this change you will still receive your tickets. Please inform us of your travel dates to Randa a minimum of 60 days before you travel. Contact us via the chat should you have any questions regarding this change.

During the summer in the Alps (June – September) you can experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach 30° Celsius. Sun protection is necessary with a sun hat, sunglasses and sun cream.

However, the weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. On a rainy day, temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and sometimes even a hat and a pair of gloves. See the kit list for full details.

Water

During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend taking two litres of water. The tap water at the accommodations you will stay is usually drinkable but there are limited resources along the way to fill up your bottle. Your guide can give you advice on this for each day.

Food

Whilst trekking, you will have the chance to taste a great variety of local specialities. The breakfast is continental, often with a variety of juices, tea and coffee.

The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big.

During the day, your guide will advise on whether we plan to stop or whether you should order a packed lunch that will be freshly prepared for you. You can also buy snacks at huts. This gives you control over how luxurious you want to be about lunch.

If you have any food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc) please make us aware of this when completing your registration form, found on your Skyhook dashboard. 

It is not mandatory but often expected. In the Alps there is no fixed amount and it really depends on what you would like to give to show your satisfaction. They work exceedingly hard to ensure your enjoyment.

Absolutely! We also put you in touch with the other trekkers in the group before you go, with a Facebook group, if you want.

Due to the distances and ascents covered on this trip, it is geared towards adults. Therefore the minimum age for this trek is 18 years. However, those aged 16-18 years are welcome to attend in the company of a responsible adult.

Check out this quick video from your guides

The valid currency on the trip is CHF (Swiss Francs) only. Credit cards not always accepted. We recommend changing your money before you arrive as it will be difficult to do so once you start trekking.

YES. If you sprain an ankle the only way off the hill is by helicopter which costs a small fortune without an insurance policy. You should be insured up to 3000m.  

The huts are getting better all the time at catering to special dietary requirements. Should you have dietary requirements please ensure you complete this on the trip form and we will inform the accommodation ahead of our arrival. We normally arrive in the afternoon with time to check and discuss our requirements with the hut wardens as necessary. 

Your head guides are Louise and Tom

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run AlpsAdventures, based in Collombey Muraz.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Louise
Tom