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MATTERHORN COURSE

Outrageous Switzerland

Matterhorn Course

LEARN THE SKILLS TO MAKE MATTERHORN, EIGER AND OTHER TOUGH RIDGE CLIMBS POSSIBLE.

It is absolutely possible to climb the Matterhorn by being pulled up the mountain by a guide without a solid foundation in the basic skills necessary to be an active participant in the climb beyond just putting one crampon in front of the other. That is not how we choose to do it. Our Mixed Alpinism & Ridge Training Course is designed for those of us seeking to push into the middle grades of mountaineering and improve our abilities on impressive ridges and exposed rock and ice terrain. The cherry on this cake is putting those skills into action on the Matterhorn itself and earning the summit.

Alpine Academy

TRIP TYPE

Alpine Academy, Summit

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Switzerland

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodge, Hotel

1

Take your alpine skills to the next level and unlock mountains like the Matterhorn, Eiger, Dent du Geant and much more.

2

Learn by doing with a week that will include many world-famous climbs.

3

Achieve your potential with our vetted and IFMGA-certified guides who care about your long-term trajectory in the mountains.

Itinerary

Designed for those of us seeking to build on our mountaineering foundations in the direction of technical ridges and bigger exposure, this experience requires physical and mental dedication as well as prior experience in technical mountaineering. The ultimate aim is to climb the Matterhorn at the end of the week.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CHAMONIX

Day 1 is arrival day. If you require pick ups from Geneva airport, please let us know, otherwise we’ll meet you at the Rockypop hotel or Chamonix central train station. Check-in starts at 3:00pm but we can store our bags at the hotel and roam around if we arrive early. We highly recommend arriving early in order to rent gear. The gear stores close at 7:00pm. A team dinner and briefing will take place at 7:30pm with your LHO team leaders and mountain guides at the Little Boxes restaurant in Chamonix Sud.

DAY 2: LEARNING ON RIDGES

We’ll start the day at 8 am. After breakfast we’ll be heading to the Emosson lake in Switzerland to perform the traverse of the Perrons Ridge. This is a great first step into the world of ridge climbing and mixed alpinism because it presents a serious challenge but at a manageable altitude considering that this is our first day and we won’t have been acclimatized yet. The crossing usually takes around 8 hours and includes training on scrambling, abseiling, rock climbing and short roping. We expect to be back at the hotel in Chamonix in time for an early dinner and some rest.

DAY 3: POINTE LACHENAL

This will be our first early start of the trip. We’ll depart from the hotel at 6 am and head to the Aiguille du Midi station to catch the mountain cable to the Vallee Blanche glacier. Training starts literally once we arrive as the access to the glacier requires us to immediately learn and demonstrate mountain skills. Training will center around the use of technical gear on a mix of snow and ice and we’ll be traversing the Vallee Blanche, climbing the Pointe Lachenal ridge, and continuing to the Torino hut on the Italian side. The evening will be spent at the Torino hut for acclimatization.

DAY 4: SUMMIT TRAINING

The following day we’ll attempt our first major summit of the expedition: Depending on our progress and conditions on the mountain this may be either the Tour Ronde, the Dent du Geant or the Aiguilles Marbrees. All are major alpine achievement in their own right and will enable us to put our skills to the test on a ridge that is somewhat similar to the Matterhorn. After summiting the Tour Ronde the team will descend back to the Torino hut and then use the cable to descend the mountain into Italy where a car will be waiting to take us back to Chamonix. The night will be spent at the Rockypop.

DAY 5: REST & RECOVERY

Day 5 will be a rest day in the valley where we’ll have the opportunity to rock climb with our mountaineering boots. We won’t be starting early and training will be limited to 3 hours in order to give our bodies a chance to recuperate. This will also be the day where we’ll determine the next steps based on our progress so far and  the conditions in the mountains. We’ll be spending the night at the Rockypop.

DAY 6: SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT DAY 1

Where we go will be determined on day 5. If we choose to go to the Matterhorn then we’ll depart by car to Zermatt and ascend the cable followed by a trek to the Hornlihutte refuge. If we choose to go elsewhere such as the Viso then we’ll also use this day to drive and make our way to the mountain hut for our summit of choice. Remember that the aim of this experience is to maximize your learning and achieve a new limit at your level so don’t be discouraged if we choose to avoid a particular summit that you may feel strongly about. We want you to achieve it safely and intelligently.

DAY 7: SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT DAY 2

Our second day will be a push the summit of the mountain. The aim of this day is to make our way to the top of the mountain and descend to the mountain hut we started from.

DAY 8: RETURN TO CHAMONIX

After breakfast at the mountain hut, we’ll descend back to valley and enjoy some free time in the village a the foot of the mountain. We’ll make our way back to Chamonix for a final farewell dinner.

DAY 9: AU REVOIR

Our last day together is dedicated to airport drop offs. Breakfast at the hotel is included.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Top Questions

Do we climb summits as part of this course?

Absolutely! We believe in a learn by doing approach. This experience will be filled with summits and ridges from start to finish.

Absolutely! We believe in a learn by doing approach. This experience will be filled with summits and ridges from start to finish.

Is the Matterhorn included in this trip?

That totally depends on the weather and how well we advance during our training. It is possible to climb the Matterhorn within the course.

That totally depends on the weather and how well we advance during our training. It is possible to climb the Matterhorn within the course.

Would it be possible to find gear in Chamonix?

Yes. There are many options in Chamonix to rent and buy gear. If you are planning to buy essentials from Chamonix then we recommend arriving a day earlier to have the time to get what you need.

Yes. There are many options in Chamonix to rent and buy gear. If you are planning to buy essentials from Chamonix then we recommend arriving a day earlier to have the time to get what you need.

I want to buy mountaineering boots for this trip. What does LHO recommend?

We suggest La Sportiva GTX Cube. It's best suited for most alpine ascents above 4000 and you’re likely to use it for most climbs in the future.

We suggest La Sportiva GTX Cube. It's best suited for most alpine ascents above 4000 and you’re likely to use it for most climbs in the future.

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  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.