Guided Matterhorn Ascent – FAQ’s

Before reading this Matterhorn FAQ’s page, you should have a good read through of our main Matterhorn ascent page.

I want to hire a guide just for the summit day

Yes you can, but not with us. We vet and train all our clients no matter what your previous experience. This is for the safety and security of the whole team, both you and your guide. Our minimum Matterhorn booking is five days.

Can I hire the equipment required from you?

Yes, we have a large range of hire equipment available to rent which is suitable for the ascent of the Hornli ridge. Click here for more details.

Do you have turnaround times?

Absolutely. The main turnaround point is the emergency Solvay hut which is at roughly 4000m. Before the climb your guide will discuss the turnaround time depending on conditions and other parties on the route. These timings must be adhered to, as they give a very good indication of the total time you would be climbing for.

What is the best time to climb the Matterhorn?

The Matterhorn and the Hornli ridge are graded for good conditions, when the rock is dry and the only snow is on the shoulder and upper slopes. These conditions are mostly found during July and August. But can vary every season.

I’m thinking of climbing with a friend, can we hire a guide between us for the summit day.

No, the Matterhorn is guided at a 1:1 ratio. You can climb the first three days of our Matterhorn programme at a 1:2 ratio, and the last three days at 1:1.

I’ve heard the Matterhorn is a very busy climb, is that true?

Well, it’s the famous mountain in the alps. So yes, it can be. Often, if you climb early or mid week it can be quieter.

I’d like to make a traverse of the Matterhorn, up the Italian lion ridge and down the Hornli ridge on the Swiss side. Yep, we can guide you on the traverse if the Mountain. We would do this on a private guiding basis on a six day booking. The price is the same as our Hornli ridge normal programme.

The classic Matterhorn photo from Zermatt
The classic Matterhorn photo from Zermatt