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Price
€789.- per person
Duration
4 days
Destination
Matterhorn Valley
Travellers
4 - 8
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4.8 out of 5

LONG WEEKEND ESCAPE IN SWITZERLAND Hike the best trails in the Matterhorn Valley

Zermatt with its Matterhorn is probably one of the most well-know and beautiful destinations in the Alps or even in the world. Join us on an adventurous 4-day hiking adventure and explore the best locations in the entire area, climb stunning summits, view glaciers from very close and of course take amazing pictures of the Matterhorn and more than 35 other 4000m peaks!
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What's included

Destination
Matterhorn Valley Discover Matterhorn Valley
Departure Location
Montreux Jazz Café, Arrivals Hall, Geneva Airport, Switzerland or Main Train Station, Randa, Switzerland
Return Location
Montreux Jazz Café, Arrivals Hall, Geneva Airport, Switzerland or Main Train Station, Randa, Switzerland
Price includes
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary
  • Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
  • Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
Price does not include
  • Equipment rental
  • Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Complementaries
Luggage Storage: 1 bag per person (max. 15kg)
Outdoor Experiences in the Zermatt area near the Matterhorn

The probably most famous mountain on earth

The Matterhorn & Zermatt Highlights Tour combines the best trails in the famous Matterhorn valley and offers you a challenging long-weekend in one of the most famous mountain areas in the world. Zermatt, the tiny village on the foot of the Matterhorn became world famous and developed a wide range of amazing hiking trails so that we can explore this beautiful nature. Far away from the busy main road of Zermatt you’ll enjoy world-class hiking on rugged alpine trails with magnificent views over so many 4000m peaks.

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Gornergrat Zermatt, Switzerland. Landscape of snowy mountains, swiss Alps

The Tour

The tour has been created by Happy Tracks and combines everything: a good physical workout with amazing scenery, good food and great company. During the 4-days trekking you’ll hike along famous paths such as the Europaweg and you’ll cover parts of other classic long-distance trekking tours such as the Haute Route, the Monte Rosa Tour, the Tour du Cervin and many more. Along the way you will cross over 3 suspension bridges, however the Charles Kuonen Bridge (or Europabrücke) claims the title as the longest suspension bridge in the world of its type. The tour is challenging and requires a good physical condition, however every step, every drop of sweat is absolutely worth it. What do you need more for an amazing weekend in the heart of the Alps, far away from the busy cities!

Picturesque autumn view of Zermatt city street with Matterhorn peak in Swiss Alps. Switzerland, Europe. Landscape photography

What to expect

The Matterhorn & Zermatt – Highlights Tour is one of the most impressive weekend escapes in the Alps:

  • Hike over the longest suspension bridge in the world
  • Sleep in cozy and authentic mountain huts
  • Enjoy culinary specialties and taste the best chocolate in the world
  • Take award winning photographs from the Matterhorn
  • Swim in the Stellisee (crystal clear mountain lake) with the Matterhorn in the background
  • Climb the summit of the Pulfwe on over 3000m above sea level
  • YOUR ITINERARY
YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

The Matterhorn Valley

Arrival in Geneva, Transfer to Randa, Randa > Europahütte

You will be picked up from Geneva International Airport (arrivals no later than 09:30h, departure from the airport at 11:00h) and driven to the Matterhorn valley where you’ll spend your long-weekend adventure. The transfer from Geneva up to Randa, the location from where you’ll start your adventure takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. After a quick gear check you’ll tackle the steep and rugged trail up to the Europa trail. The trail brings you up to the so called Chüebodmen, a nice alpine meadow with magnificent views on the Weisshorn peak and the massive landslide from the 90’s. After a nice break and the possibility to refill your water reserves, you’ll take the second stretch of the day and enter the alpine world. The trail gets steeper and rocky. On the way up you’ll admire noisy waterfalls and glacier streams. Once you get above the tree line its not far anymore to join the traversing Europa trail. You’ll be following it to reach the location for the overnight stay the famous Europahut. The hike will take around 3 hours to get there so you’ll reach the location just before dinner is served. After a nice and hearty meal you’ll spend the night in a cosy dormitory on over 2000 meters above sea level and don’t forget to bring your camera to take a few pictures of the ibex behind the hut!

DAY 2

It’s Time for a World Record!

Europahütte > Täschalp

After an exciting first day in the Matterhorn valley, this day is loaded full of adventure. The amazing path from the Europahut to the Täschalp is a true adventure. The absolute highlight of the first part of the day is the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge. With a length of 500m it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world. After crossing the bridge the next highlight is following. You’ll ascend the steep and exposed trail up to the Kinhütte and there will be definitely some thrills and spills! Once you reach the hut you can enjoy fantastic views of the matterhorn and enjoy a cold drink on their terrace. From the Kinhut you’ll follow the Edelweiss trail to the Täschalp, which you’ll reach in the early afternoon. After some cake and coffee you can explore with your guide the local cheese farm or do an extra loop to one of the surrounding peaks.

You’ll spend the night in a cosy mountain hut surrounded by glaciers and 4000m peaks.

DAY 3

Summit Day!

Täschalp > Zermatt

Now it’s time for some more and serious adventure. The hike starts gently along the flat Täschalp towards the Pfulwe with its small glacier. The trail is rugged, rocky but simply beautiful. You’ll hike up to the Pfulwe pass with the option of climbing the summit of the Pfulwe on 3313 meters above sea level. From up there you can admire a perfect panorama on the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa (highest mountain in Switzerland) and endless glaciers. On the way down you hike over the Fluealp down to Zermatt. You’ll pass the famous Stellisee, one of the most amazing locations to take pictures of the Matterhorn with a reflection in the lake and of course for a refreshing swim in the ice cold water. For those who feel tired there are quite a few options to take a cable car to shorten the downhill. You’ll spend the night in a cosy hostel in Zermatt and head out with your guide for a great and typical meal in the evening. Zermatt is a vibrant mountain resort with many shops and restaurants. There will be definitely some time to check it out.

DAY 4

The Toblerone Mountain

Round Trip in Zermatt, Transfer to Geneva Airport

Wake up bright and early after a cosy night in the Zermatt. Fuel yourself for the day ahead by indulging in a traditional Swiss breakfast; complete with local jams, marmalades, honey and cheeses. From the accommodation you’ll start a nice hike up to the Edelweiss traverse. The day will be full with amazing views and if you are lucky you can spot the famous black nose sheets. You’ll finish the hike with a walk through the impressive Corner gorge. After the day’s hike you’ll get back into Zermat again. Time to enjoy a nice drink out in the fresh air before piling back into the train and van and making your way to back Geneva Airport. If time allows you’ll have a couple free hours before your airport transfer is scheduled.

More about Matterhorn Valley

The canton of Valais is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. It is the canton of the giant mountains. There are 41 peaks above 4000 meter located in the Valais whilst there are only 82 in the entire Alps. The canton of Valais is widely known for the Matterhorn and resort towns such as Crans-Montana, Saas Fee, Verbier and Zermatt. It is composed of 13 districts (hence the 13 stars on the flag). The canton is simultaneously one of the driest regions of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley and among the wettest, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. The Rhône valley is famous for its numerous vineyards and apricot trees. Many of the towns, down in the valley, such as Martigny, Visp or Leuk, where once settled by the Romans.

Matterhorn Valley

The Matter valley is a side valley of the Rhône valley and start in the town Visp and ends in Zermatt. Since the end of the nineteenth century Zermatt can be accessed by the Matterhorn Gotthard train from Visp. A highlight is also the panoramic Glacier Express train connecting Saint Moritz and Zermatt on a spectacular route. The road between Täsch and Zermatt closed is not accessibly by car (only with special permit). This is why Täsch provides for several car parks and taxi shuttle companies.

Zermatt

Zermatt is a world-famous summer and winter resort. While it is located on the foot of the world`s most photographed mountain – the Matterhorn, there are 38 4000 meter peaks accessible from the village. The village is only accessible by a shuttle train from Täsch or by foot. Electric cars replaced horse carriages and are the principal mean of transportation. The Bahnhofsstrasse is the most important street passing several restaurants, bars and shops. To keep the street traditionally the inhabitants are only allowed to plant red and white geranium flowers on their balconies.The Gornergrat train is a cog railway leading up to an altitude of 3089 meter. The summit offers spectacular views over the Monte Rosa massif. The Klein Matterhorn cable car top station is the highest cable car in Europe (40 meter higher than the Aiguille du Midi). The platform at 3883 meter offers panoramic views of the Matterhorn and summits of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps.

More about this tour

Luggage Transfer
On the Matterhorn & Zermatt Highlights tour we do not offer luggage transportation, for the simple reason that you'll be staying remotely in places which cannot be reached by car. Of course we offer a free luggage storage for excess luggage which you don't need during the trek. You'll need to pack your excess luggage in a duffle bag, to prevent any damage or loss to your belongings. We do not have a size restriction of the bags but the weight is limited to 15kg per bag. Please note that loose single items or open bags (e.g. shopper bags) cannot be transported. Furthermore short-life food products (e.g. cheese, fresh meat etc.) are not allowed in your excess luggage.

A general note about the accommodation
On a long distance trekking, you will experience the mountain lifestyle and sleep in authentic places. Mostly you will be staying in mountain huts. The accommodation along the way offers a charming and friendly atmosphere in a mountainous atmosphere. You will experience both: accommodation high up in the mountains far away from civilization or located in a typical mountain village or even a small town. The accommodation offers many services such as a hot shower and running water. You’ll stay in bunk beds or similar with a pillow and blankets (a thin and light sleeping bag liner is advisable for hygienic reasons), In every place, there is electricity to charge your batteries for free. WiFi and phone signal are not available at each place.

Private Accommodation
Due to the nature of this trip, private accommodation is not available.

Food
During the trekking, you will have the chance to taste the great variety of local specialities. The accommodations offer always half-board with your stay which includes a breakfast and a three-course dinner. The breakfast contains always coffee / tea, bread, butter and jam. Depending on the location of the accommodation there is also orange-juice, cereals, yoghurt, fruits, cheese and meat available for breakfast.  The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big. A typical menu could be a soup for the starter, a main course with meat, vegetables and a side dish (rice, polenta, pasta) and a dessert which can be for example vanilla pudding, crème brulée or fruit salad. For the dinner only tap water is included, soft drinks such as wine or beer are on your own charge.

During the day we provide a rich, healthy and daily fresh prepared lunch-pack for you. We try to offer you a big variety of lunch packs so that it does not get boring after 4 days. Our lunch packs consist usually one big unit such as a sandwich, a wrap, a salad and of course a selection of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, juice, crackers, cakes etc. If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) please let us know as soon as possible. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your preference when we know this in advance.

Water
To do a long distance trekking is a great challenge and a good physical workout. During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend to take between two and three liters of water on such a trekking. We recommend taking at least two one-litre bottles (plastic or aluminium) or a camel bag (water bladder). The tap water is usually drinkable, but there are limited resources on the trails to fill up your bottle. Your guide will give you an advice for each day.

Weather
During the summer in the Alps (June – September) we experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach up to 30° Celsius, although it is a dry heat. The weather in the mountains can be sometimes quite unpredictable and meteorological situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. Another fact is that you will be hiking in different altitude levels, so there will be a significant change between the valley ground and the high mountain passes. On a rainy day temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and depending on the season even a hat and a pair of gloves. If you stick to our equipment list, you will be ready for any weather situation. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about this topic.

Trail / Conditions
From the moment you start the trekking we highly recommend you to have a valid travel, medical & mountain evacuation insurance, which is a very important factor in case of an accident. You will need full travel & holiday insurance suitable for a trekking holiday. This will need to be organized by you before the trek starts. It is essential that you have the correct insurance in case of a medical emergency on the mountain, as rescue can be costly. In Switzerland you will always be asked to pay and this could be several thousand Swiss francs, especially if a helicopter rescue is necessary. The cost of hospitalization and subsequent care is normally the most expensive part of any accident if you do not have the correct cover and are hospitalized without insurance. The cost could easily reach an immense level. It is your responsibility to take out the correct level of insurance and we accept no responsibility for any costs that occur as a result of inadequate insurance. If you have any questions about this topic please do not hesitate to contact us.

Currency
Along the Matterhorn & Zermatt Highlights Tour you will travel through Switzerland. It is always worth to have some Swiss Francs (CHF) in cash with you, if you would like to buy some drinks and souvenirs along the way. In the bigger villages (Randa, Zermatt) or at the airport in Geneva there are also ATM cash machines. Most of the places also accept the most common credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express), but please bear in mind that there might be a small commission fee or a minimum amount.

Trip Data

Day Distance Ascent Descent
Day 1 13.80 km 668 m 1344 m
Day 2 20.70 km 1650 m 1073 m
Day 3 12.00 km 828 m 460 m
Day 4 12.70 km 492 m 1274 m

 

Fitness

Do I need hiking / trekking experience?

The Haute Route is suitable for very fit and experienced hikers who exercise on a regular basis. Previous trekking / multi-day hiking experience is not a must, but a huge advantage. You should be able to hike up to 1800m of ascent and 20km distance per day on rough, rugged mountainous terrain. Count in that you will hike with your backpack (incl. full kit for the tour).

Fitness

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

You must be physically fit and in very good shape. Regular exercise is not foreign to you and you have been hiking regularly. You should be able to hike at least 20km and climb up to 1800m per day, for a few days in a row!

Fitness

How can I get prepared?

To get prepared for a hiking adventure like the Haute Route any endurance training is suitable. Exercises like running, walking, cycling etc. are good. It is also important to get used to your hiking boots and to your backpack (with weight!). Try to break them in and to get a comfortable feeling. Even a round in the park every now and then helps to find out if your boots or pack are comfortable.

Gear

What do I need to bring?

You can download our packing list here. Depending on the time of the year of your journey some items might not be necessary (beanie, gloves etc.). If you strictly follow the packing list, you’ll be prepared for every situation and your backpack won’t get too heavy. You should aim for no more than 10kg on your back, otherwise it will get tough! We have also created a blog post, to explain a few tips & tricks.

Gear

Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are not mandatory but strongly recommended. The right use of hiking poles has many benefits. The uphills are easier and on the downhill you can take weight off your knees. Generally spoken hiking poles help to prevent knee and ankle injuries. We know that traveling (especially by airplane) can be tricky with hiking poles in your luggage, that’s why we rent hiking poles to our clients on demand.

Gear

Do I really need hiking boots?

We recommend to bring a lightweight pair of hiking boots (GoreTex, Leather or similar) which cover your ankles. The Haute Route is an alpine hiking tour and you’ll be hiking on difficult and rocky terrain. With hiking boots you are perfectly prepared to walk sure footed and injury free on any terrain, especially at the beginning / end of the season where you might have to cross some last snow fields from the winter. We recommend to bring a light pair of sneakers as a second pair of shoes in your backpack for the evenings or for an easy stage to give your feet a rest.

Food

Whats the food like?

The food on the Haute Route offers a great variety. Meals are hearty and usually consist big portions. You’ll be able to taste the different specialties from Switzerland. Mountain food contains often dairy and wheat products as well as meat.

Food

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes! If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) or if you follow a special diet please let us know as soon as possible. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your requirements when we know this in advance, however we do not have any influence on what options will be served by the accommodations as it is usually a set menu.

Food

What beverages are included?

Tap water is always available and free of charge. The tap water is usually drinkable if not elsewhere mentioned or announced by your guide. Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are not included and on your own charge.

Exception: In the Cabane de Prafleuri the tap water is not drinkable and must be bought.

Tech

Can I use my mobile phone?

The mobile phone coverage is very weak on the Haute Route. Most of the days you won’t have mobile phone signal during the day, however in a few locations close to villages you’ll have fairly good signal. In the villages where you’ll stay overnight the network coverage is good. As you will be traveling mostly through Switzerland it might be worth to check with your provider what costs for roaming will apply, as it could be quite costly to use mobile data outside your country.

Tech

Is WiFi available?

Free WiFi is available in all the villages but not in the mountain huts. It might not be the fastest or most stable connection but enough to send some photos to your people back home, to send some emails and check the news.

Tech

Can I charge my electronical devices?

In every place there are electricity (in a very few places only USB outlets) outlets available to charge your electric devices. Please bear in mind to bring a suitable adapter for your plugs. You will need a EU plug for France and a CH plug for Switzerland. The standard bi-pol plugs which are often used for smartphone chargers often work in both of the countries.

Misc

What happens if I can’t complete a stage / the tour?

If you are feeling unwell / unable to complete a stage of your tour, you will have to rely on public or private transportation to get to the next stage. On some stages it is quite easy to “skip the day”, on others it can be quite a mission. Your guide and the Happy Tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution. Please bear in mind that any extra cost which will occur are on your own charge.

In the case you cannot finish the trek, your guide and the Happy tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution, to get you back to the start respectively end point of the hike. Unfortunately we cannot offer you a pro-rata refund for not used services such as guiding, accommodation etc. of the remaining days.

Misc

I have more questions!

If you have any other questions or require more specific information on a certain topic, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or simply give us a call!

User Reviews & Comments

  • Regina
    5 out of 5

    That was an amazing experience. Thanks to Raphael and Anna our trip had a personal touch every single day. Thank you guys and we will be back again!

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    25/08/2020

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  • Anna
    4 out of 5

    Our host was fantastic! Couldn’t have asked for the better group had such a laugh and the views were amazing!

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     5 out of 5
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     4 out of 5
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    24/07/2020

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  • Geraoid
    5 out of 5

    Excellent guide, great food and fantastic trekking.

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    14/09/2019

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  • Richard
    5 out of 5

    Everything about this trip exceeded my expectations, the scenery, the activities and the weather were all perfect. Our guide and host Raphael was an absolute legend who I cannot speak highly enough of him and his company. This was a truly unforgettable experience and I can highly recommend it to any adventure enthusiasts. You do require a minimum level of fitness though.

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    12/08/2019

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  • Andrew
    5 out of 5

    Compact schedule – perfect for a long weekend.

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     5 out of 5
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    15/07/2019

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Matterhorn & Zermatt - Highlights

Price
€789.- per person
Duration
4 days
Destination
Matterhorn Valley
Travellers
4 - 8

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