Matterhorn

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History

The European Alps are full of climbing history. It is the birthplace of mountaineering and its rich heritage adds to the superb facilities (catered huts and lift systems) catering for mountaineers not seen elsewhere.

The Hörnli Ridge is the route by which the Matterhorn’s first ascent was made in 1865 by the tenacious Englishman Edward Whymper after many attempts on the mountain. In what became the most famous alpine calamity of all time, the group suffered a terrible tragedy on the descent when a rope broke resulting in the loss of four of the party.

Food

We provide breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the trip and evening meals on the two hut nights while the trip is running. This is from breakfast on Day 1 until breakfast on your departure day. You will be responsible for your own evening meals on the non-mountain nights in either Chamonix or Zermatt. This allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in these areas as there are many restaurants and bars within close walking distance that provide a variety of foods to suit your tastes.  Any additional food, bottled water, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.

We provide nutritious meals and a small supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the programme. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fueled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but two per day in addition to the lunches we provide would seem reasonable.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

Clothing & Equipment

Climbing in the European Alps requires you have high quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the climb.

Your Guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. You can rent technical equipment for the climb but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to mountaineering as per the equipment list.  Group equipment including ropes and technical hardware will be organised by your Guide.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis from the arrival evening on day 0 through to and including the night of day 6. Accommodation in the mountains is in mountain huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided and no sleeping bag will be required although you will require a sleeping bag liner for personal hygiene under the provided blankets. There are no single supplement or private rooms available in the mountain huts but we can arrange this for you in Chamonix, Zermatt or Schwartzee.  We can also arrange an upgrade to four or five star hotel accommodation – ask about the hotel options if interested.

Communication and Messages

Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift and accommodation co-ordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.

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