The Matterhorn also named as Monter Cervino in Italian, is one of the most famous peaks in the world thanks to it’s impressive pyramidal shape. It’s located in the Alps, between Switzerland and Italy and close from the towns of Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia. It’s four sides raise from the glacier at the bottom until reaching 4,478m. Undoubtedly one of the wonders of nature…
Zermatt is located very close from the mountain and its the starting point for many visitors. There is a big ski station, winter resorts and many trekkers decide to stay here before going to Matterhorn. As a curiosity, Zermatt is a car free place, only electrics vehicles are allowed.
The first climb to Monte Cervino happened in 1865 with an expedition lead by the British Edward Whymper. It was one of the last peaks from the Alps of being climbed and that expedition, is considered and the end of the golden era of mountain climbing in Europe.
One of the reasons why is such a photogenic mountain is the beautiful surrounding landscape with forests and lakes. Because of it’s isolated situation, Matterhorn is exposed to strong climate changes, so is not difficult to see it surrounded by clouds.
To the west of Matterhown we can find another of the great peaks of the ALps, Dent d’Hérens. Even though is less known, it’s another impressive mountain 4,171m high over the Zmutt Glacier.
Mount Cervin, as it is known in French, was a candidates to become one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It’s considered the landmark of the Swiss Alps and as a curiosity, we can see its silhouette on the famous Toblerone chocolate.
How to get to Matterhorn: We would recommend going to Zermatt and from there you can take several hiking routes surrounding the mountain. You can reach Zermatt by train from Zurich, making a transfer in Visp.
Where to stay in Matterhorn: You can use Zermatt as a base, a beautiful town worth seeing. It’s a quite expensive place but there are different range accommodation options, including hostels and guest houses. If you do a trek around the mountain, there al several huts available to sleep further up.
What to do in Matterhorn: Trekking or just walking around to enjoy the amazing landscape 😉
More information at the Zermatt official page.
Credit: photos by Kurt Müller, Marcus & Thaneeya, Jackph and Zermatt.ch.