The attractive resort of Zermatt nestles amongst many of the largest, most impressive mountains in the Alps including the Matterhorn. It provides an ideal base from which to tackle a variety of popular Swiss 4000m peaks. Throughout the week you will stay as high up as possible using some of the excellent mountain huts in this area. The Zermatt 4000m Peaks course will be progressive, allowing time for acclimatisation before attempting the ascent of the Monte Rosa, Switzerland’s highest peak and the second highest in the Alps, alongside peaks such as Castor, Pollux and the Breithorn.
Previous Experience & Fitness
You should have a good level of fitness as Alpine Mountaineering can be very tiring. Normally we would expect you to be able to enjoy consecutive 7-8 hours days in the British mountains with a medium pack. You should also have previous experience with crampons and ice axe and a basic understanding of glacial travel and crevasse rescue. Our Alpine Intro courses provide sufficient training to meet this prerequisite. Please note this is a suggested itinerary and the actual programme may change as a result of weather, conditions on the mountain, availability of mountain huts and individual levels of fitness. If due to any of these reasons a summit attempt is not possible then we usually switch are attentions to the Gran Paradiso or another similar objective. If any extra costs for accommodation, transport or food are incurred beyond the suggested itinerary then you will need to pay these directly.
Mont Blanc Extension
This 4 day extension to the highest peak in Western Europe may be added on to any of our Alpine Introductory or Saas Fee or Zermatt 4000m Peaks courses. These previous courses are essential to gain the acclimatisation required to climb Mt Blanc. To add this extension go to the Dates and Prices Tab and select the extension.
Saturday: Arrive in Chamonix and check into your hotel. Evening meeting with your Guide. (H, B)
Sunday: Go up to Cosmiques (3613m) or Gouter Hut using a variety of cable cars and trains
Monday: Ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m) and return to the hut or valley hotel
Tuesday: Reserve summit day or Cosmiques Arête etc
Wednesday: Breakfast and departure