Matterhorn is perhaps the most renowned mountain in the world among mountaineers and mountain enthusiasts. Its first ascent, on July 14th 1865 by English Edward Whymper and French Michel Croz, was a wonderful and epic challenge that wrote one of the most memorable pages of the mountaineering history.

The Hörnli Ridge is the Swiss normal route, the least demanding route to climb the Matterhorn to its spectacular summit.

  • Matterhorn
  • 2 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Matterhorn ascent along Swiss normal route

The Hörnli Ridge is the normal climbing route to Matterhorn (Mount Cervino - 4478 meters) on the Swiss side; it is the first easiest path to reach this majestic, impressive and enchanting peak.

Day One
The climbers will meet the mountain guide in Cervinia and, after checking their equipment, they will take a cable car to Plateau Rosà from where they will they will descend on the glacier to Schwarzsee (2584 meters). Then the climbers will go up of approximately 2 hours to reach the Hörnlihutte refuge (3260 meters). Dinner and overnight stay.

Day Two
The climbers will begin the ascent along the Hörnli Ridge very early in the morning. They will reach the Swiss summit of Matterhorn at an elevation of 4478 meters. The spectacular view is beyond words. Descent from the Matterhorn and return with the lifts to the Klein Matterhorn (Piccolo Cervino), then in about 1 hour the climbers will reach Plateau Rosa where they will take the lifts to go down to Breuil Cervinia. Approximately 12/14 hours with a 1400 meter elevation gain.

Where to meet your mountain guide

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Start of Funivie Cervino (ticket office)
    Piazzale Funivie
    11021 Breuil-Cervinia, AO
  • Meeting time to be agreed
  • Geographic coordinates 45°56'03.0"N 7°38'01.8"E

What to bring

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Descender
  • Carabiners
  • Mountain boots
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Technical apparel
  • Change of clothing
  • Backpack

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Price includes The price shown includes the mountain guide for the days indicated in the program.
  • Price not includes The price does not include: overnight in a refuge, lunches and dinners, tickets, drinks, travel and accommodation expenses, taxi, rental of equipment.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a IFMGA-UIAGM certified mountain guide for the Matterhorn ascent along the Swiss Normal Route - Hörnli Ridge, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the Matterhorn ascent.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the mountaineering trip.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.