Prepare for the Hike of Your Life
Naturally, the Matterhorn is the region’s star attraction. It might be one of the highest mountains in Europe, but you don’t have to be super-human to climb it. You do, however, have to be prepared. The 12-hour hike is best tackled by seasoned mountain climbers who have the right equipment and have prepared extensively for the steep, exposed conditions. The mountain also requires significant technical climbing, ladders, rope manoeuvres and scrambling.
Aspiring climbers should arrive four to five days early to acclimate to the altitude and train in the wintery conditions. When ready, the majority of climbers head up Hornli Ridge — where you’ll find Hornli Hut Base Camp at 3,260 metres and can either stay overnight or rest before heading up to the summit. Even if you don’t make it higher than base camp, you’ll still be rewarded with incredible views of the mountain’s glaciers and neighbouring peaks — an experience you’ll never forget.
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