Tour du Matterhorn – June 2007
Tour du Matterhorn: a two week hut to hut treking around the Matterhorn massif (this trip is also called “Tour du Cervin”). We flew to Geneva and got a train to Zermatt.
We took the Europaweg from Zermatt (which was quite loose and unstable). Unfortunately the Europa Hut was closed as we were too early in the season. So we dropped down to Randa for our overnight stay.
Accom: Haus Alpenblick
DAY2: St Niklaus (1120m)
We regained the Europaweg which was even more loose and dangerously unstable than the previous day. So much that we eventually had to retreat back to Randa and get the train to St Niklaus.
Accom: Hotel La Reserve
DAY3: to Gruben Meiden (1820m)
Over the Augstbordpass (2894m) to Gruben Meiden.
Accom: Hotel Schwarzhorn
DAY4: Zinal (1675m)
Over the Meidpass (2790m) to St. Luc (where we got a bus to Zinal)
Accom: Hotel Poste
DAY5: Les Hauderes (1452m)
Up to the Moiry Barrage (dam) and over the Col de Torrent (2916m) to Les Hauderes
Accom: Hotel Melezes
DAY6: Arolla (2006m)
This was a bit of a rest day really, just walked up the valley to Arolla.
Accom: Hotel Aiguille de La Tza
DAY7: Rifugio Prarayer (1990m)
This was our first of the glacier crossings, over Col du Collon (3087m)
Accom Rifugio Prarayer
DAY8: to Rifugio Perucca Vuillermoz (2909m)
Over the Colle di Valcournerra (3075m)
Accom: Rifugio Perucca Vuillermoz
DAY9: Breuil (2006m)
We didn’t quite make it to Theodul Hut (3301m) as planned due to very bad weather.
Accom: Hotel Le Piolet
DAY10: Enforced rest day stuck in Breuil with more high winds!
DAY11: Zermatt (1616m)
finally to Zermatt over the Theodul Pass and a second glacier crossing.
We then based ourselves at Zermatt YHA for some day trips:
- Day trip to the Breithorn – click to see details
- Day trip to the Gonergrat
- Day trip to the Schonbeil Hut
Author: Phil Newby