Hikes near Courmayeur: Hikes around Matterhorn / Cervino

The Matterhorn / Monte Cervino is the most photographed mountain in the world and sits on the border between Switzerland and Italy with a height of 4,478m. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in Switzerland and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley.

The Matterhorn was one of the last great Alpine peaks to be climbed and its first ascent marked the end of the golden age of alpinism. The Matterhorn is also one of the deadliest peaks in the Alps and should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers. Each summer a large number of mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn via the northeast, the Hornli Ridge, the most popular route to the summit. Ascenting the Matterhorn from Breuil-Cervinia is for experienced climbers only! Climbers need to register with the local mountaineering officials at the tourist office before setting out.

The Cervin / Matterhorn and dawn
A Glacier during the Tour of the Cervin / Matterhorn
Another beautiful mountain Tour of the Cervin / Matterhorn
A hut/bivouac Tour of the Cervin / Matterhorn
Mattherhorn Cervino

The Tour of the Matterhorn is considered one of the most beautiful treks in the Alps, following many ancient trails that have linked the Swiss and Italian valleys for centuries. The trekking routes around Matterhorn-Cervino crosses all three countries - Switzerland, France and Italy - covering a distance of 220km and usually takes about 8-11 days to complete, walking for 8hours each day. The tour reaches altitudes of over 3,000m involving two glaciers and requires some basic mountaineering equipment across the Arolla Glacier. This tour is more demanding than the TMB (Tour du Mont Blanc) and requires good stamina, fitness and careful footwork.

Level of difficulty: Demanding and challenging - ideally for persons with previous Alpine trekking experience. Not for children.

Terrain: cables, fixed ropes, tunnels, glacier crossings, rugged cols, high balcony paths, alpine meadows.

Club Alpino Italiano. Before embarking on an extended excursion, contact the representative of the local branch of the Italian hiking club for information about hikes and any risks involved.

Hire a mountain guide or trek leader.

For more information:

Club Alpino Italiano  
Corso Battaglione 81, Aosta 11100
+39 0165 40194