Tour of the Matterhorn

8-DAY TREK IN SWITZERLAND

8 days

3/5

12 people max.

TrekkingSwitzerland

With its typically Swiss villages and Alpine settings, you will find every day of this tour completely enchanting.

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1395,00 

About this trip

With its typically Swiss villages and Alpine settings, you will find every day of this tour completely enchanting. An intense and varied adventure around one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The two extra days at the end of the trip allow you to complete a full loop of this mythical circuit.

Pierrick Delattre
+33 (0)6 65 93 29 29
contact@watse.fr

Pierrick, the founder of the agency, grew up in the Mont Blanc region.

As a true mountain lover, he has made the area his playground and his profession, always with your happiness as his goal. He will take you off the beaten track on routes that he has designed and mapped himself. Sharing his experience and passion with you every step of the way, you can entrust yourself completely to his guidance.

Highlights of the trip

A full circuit around an iconic Alpine peak
The crossing of two glaciers and major passes
A unique variety of landscapes on an 8-day circuit
DAY 1: ST NIKLAUS – GRUBEN
6 hours 30 walking time - Night in a refuge - 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 1,100 m (3,610 ft) descent
A traditional small cable car will take you up to the start of the walk in Jungu. Enjoy views of Monte Rosa in the background on this beautiful traverse to the foot of the first pass, the Augstbordpass at 2,900 m (9,515 ft).

A pleasant descent through Alpine meadows and larch forests leads you to the charming village of Gruben where you will spend the night.
DAY 2: GRUBEN - MOIRY
30-minute drive - 6 hours 30 walking time - Night in a refuge - 1,150 m (3,770 ft) ascent / 1,400 m (4,595 ft) descent
There are several possibilities depending on how the group feels and current conditions.
You will either climb up to the Col de Forclettaz at 2,874 m (9,430 ft) via the Chalte Berg or to the Meidpass at 2,790 m (9,155 ft).
The Nava and Barneuza Alpine pastures welcome you to Val d’Annivier.
Quick transfer to your B&B.
DAY 3: MOIRY - AROLLA
30-minute drive - 6 hours 30 walking time - Night in a hotel - 500 m (1,640 ft) ascent / 1,200 m (3,940 ft) descent
Possibility of taking a short transfer to the Moiry dam.

Today you will walk along the top of the photogenic Moiry dam, before climbing further up above it.
The Col du Tsaté is your reward for this beautiful ascent, while the Arolla valley, which you will reach by a short transfer, is revealed at the bottom.
DAY 4: AROLLA - PRARAYER
6 hours 30 walking time - Night in a refuge without luggage - 1,200 m (3,940 ft) ascent / 1,200 m (3,940 ft) descent
A beautiful day in the Alps with an easy section on the high Arolla Glacier and a climb up to the Col Collon at over 3,000 m (9,845 ft).
The Prarayer refuge, ideally situated on the edge of the lake, awaits at the end of a long and beautiful descent.
DAY 5: PRARAYER - VALTOURNENCHE
15-minute drive - 6 hours 30 walking time - Night in a hotel - 1,350 m (4,430 ft) ascent / 1,400 m (4,595 ft) descent
Start with a long Alpine ascent to the Col de Valcournera at over 3,000 m (9,845 ft). A few cabled but not difficult sections lead you up to the final major ascent.
From the col, the cabled path provides an easy route to the Perucca Vuillermoz refuge perched on the rocky glacial landscape.
Another push is required to reach your accommodation right at the bottom in Valtournenche.
DAY 6: VALTOURNENCHE - ZERMATT
20-minute drive - 6 hours walking time - Night in an inn - 800 m (2,625 ft) ascent / 1,360 m (4,460 ft) descent
Short transfer to the ski resort of Breuil Cervinia.
You will hike up to the Theodul Pass at an altitude of 3,349 m (10,990 ft), where you will rope up to cross the glacier to Trockener Stegg.
Descent to Zermatt through Alpine pastures and typical villages with buildings clinging to the slopes.
DAY 7: ZERMATT - TOPALI
20-minute drive - 7 hours 30 walking time - Night in a refuge - 1,520 m (4,990 ft) ascent / 260 m (855 ft) descent
A short transfer to Randa and an ascent along a beautiful Alpine path on the left bank of the Matter Valley to the Topali hut.
This little-used route offers beautiful views of the Täschhorn.
DAY 8: TOPALI - ST NIKLAUS
6 hours 30 walking time - 440 m (1,445 ft) ascent / 1,160 m (3,805 ft) descent
Depending on how the group feels and current conditions, you will either take a lovely Alpine path to the Wasulicke pass at 3,114 m (10,215 ft) before taking the cable car down to St Niklaus or you will walk straight down to St Niklaus via a varied path.

The hike will end at around 4pm in St Niklaus where the group disperses.

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Tour of the Matterhorn – 8 days

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Practical information

Time difference

No time difference.

Safety

You can find advice on foreign travel from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on their official website at diplomatie.gouv.fr under the heading “Conseils aux voyageurs”.

Information published on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is subject to change and is provided for guidance only. Furthermore, please remember that no country or region of the world can be considered safe from the risk of terrorism.

Climate
Infos
Luggage

You will carry your own belongings for the entire trek. So be sure to pack only the most necessary and versatile items. We are available for advice on the best equipment to take with you.

Transport

For an additional fee, we can provide transportation to and from the start of the trek. Contact us or tell us your requirements when you make your booking.

Air

No specific indication.

Electricity
Meals

Picnics at lunchtimes in the mountain refuges. Breakfasts and evening meals in the refuges.
We advise you to bring your own favourite snacks for the picnics.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.

Accomodation

During the trek, you will stay in mountain refuges. These vary from one to the other with different dormitory sizes. A sheet sleeping bag is compulsory. Earplugs are recommended and a small head torch with a red bulb is the least likely to disturb other guests in the B&Bs. On some nights, it will be possible to sleep in private rooms for 2, 3 or 4 people (see “Comfort Package” below).

Health and vaccines
Ifremmont
Supervision

Supervised by a qualified French mountain leader.

Formalities and Visa

No visa is required for French nationals and citizens of bordering countries.

BUDGET, CURRENCY AND TIPS

Tipping is not mandatory and should reflect your satisfaction with the team. Your guide will advise you if you wish to give a tip.

Registration

By post:

Ask us for a registration form

Send us your registration along with a copy of your passport, your details (postal address, phone numbers and email address) and a deposit of 30% of the cost of the trip.

Also, if you wish to take out a Comfort or Comfort Multi-risk cancellation insurance policy, this must be paid at the same time as the deposit when you register. You can consult the insurance contracts on our website.

On the internet:

Book your stay directly on our website: on the page for the trip by selecting your date and insurance options.

PLEASE NOTE: Airfares will be maintained until 3 months before departure and may be readjusted if necessary if you are booking less than 3 months before.

Insurance and assistance

We strongly advise you to take out insurance for the duration of the trip.

We offer two tailored insurance policies: Comfort Cancellation and Comfort Multi-risk to be taken out when you register for the trip.

Details of this insurance cover can be provided on request or can be viewed by clicking here.

There are other insurance options available, such as Mondial Assistance, your own insurance company or the Club Alpin Français. You should check that they cover trekking.

Make sure that your insurance covers all medical costs in the event of an accident.

It is essential that you check and ensure that you have insurance cover for mountain rescue costs. If this is the case, you must provide us with the following information prior to your departure on the trek:

A certificate from the insurance company stating that mountain rescue costs are covered.

The contract number and telephone number of the assistance centre.

Be aware of the restrictive clauses contained in certain insurance policies (particularly those linked to bank cards such as Visa Premier, Gold or others), for example mountain insurance restricted to snow activities and altitude sickness not recognised as an illness requiring repatriation, resulting in refusal to repatriate.

Please check the actual content of your insurance and make the necessary arrangements where required.

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Added benefits from Watse

LOCAL EXPERIENCE

The trekking guide who will accompany you on the Tour of the Matterhorn is a specialist in the area and in the Valais region. For the sections crossing the glaciers, you will also be accompanied by a qualified mountain leader.

A CHOICE OF QUALITY ACCOMMODATION

In addition to their strategic locations, all the accommodation has been selected to offer you maximum comfort and quality cuisine throughout your Tour of the Matterhorn.

GLACIER CROSSINGS

On the Tour of the Matterhorn, you will have the opportunity to make easy glacier crossings. This is your chance for an unforgettable experience in the high mountains with breathtaking scenery!

Next dates and prices

Tour of the Matterhorn – 8 days

Date of departure DescriptionTotalPeople
July 22 - 29, 2023 Registration in progress 1395,00 
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July 29 - August 5, 2023 Registration in progress 1395,00 
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August 5 - 12, 2023 Registration in progress 1395,00 
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August 12 - 19, 2023 Registration in progress 1395,00 
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August 19 - 26, 2023 Registration in progress 1395,00 
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1395,00 
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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

  • Supervision by a French mountain leader.
  • Overnight stays in dormitories.
  • Half board in the accommodation indicated in the programme.
  • Picnics at lunchtime.
  • Luggage transfer except on day 1.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

  • Cancellation and repatriation assistance insurance to be taken out at the time of registration.
  • Drinks.
  • Personal trekking and travel equipment.
  • Transport to the meeting point on day 1.
  • Any private transfers or cable cars not included in the programme.
  • The return transfer from Pont.
  • Anything not listed in “What’s included in your trip”.

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