FAQs about this trip
The Matterhorn has inspired generations of mountaineers. Our small gay mountain climbing group will hone our skills here in the Alps, then head for the summit.
The Matterhorn, proudly soaring nearly two miles from the Swiss village of Zermatt and the valleys below, is the most distinctive mountain image in the world. Surprisingly, its jagged ridges can be climbed by those with only a moderate degree of mountain climbing background.
Our trip here in the Swiss Alps is intended for gay men and women who have some mountaineering or related experience (such as our Grand Teton ascent). It includes two days of climbing practice, four unscheduled days on which to hike (or climb independently) in the mountains as you acclimate, and a two-day ascent of the Matterhorn with experienced guides..
- Practice your climbing skills with friends, and experienced Alpine instructors.
- After a day of climbing, enjoy a hearty dinner of raclette, fondue, or rosti and knockwurst.
- Hike, climb, or take a paragliding lesson, on our four free days.
- Stand atop the world's most recognizable mountain: The Matterhorn. (If weather conditions do not permit an ascent of the Matterhorn, another 2-day climb can be substituted.)
Although the Matterhorn is not a technically difficult climb (rating is about 5.4-5.5), it is a strenuous climb and not appropriate for novices. You should be in excellent physical and aerobic condition, with some mountain climbing experience (such as our Grand Teton ascent), and be comfortable on an exposed route. You should have experience with crampons (which, if you have the other skills, can be acquired on one of the free days). We will be led by experienced local guides; nonetheless, mountaineering of any sort involves inherent risks caused by weather, rockfall, and other factors that cannot be predicted. If weather conditions are unfavorable, or if you or your guide feel you should not attempt The Matterhorn, you'll be able to substitute another climb.
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We don't offer every trip every year, and no departures are currently scheduled for this trip. Our home page will make it easy to locate forthcoming departures of interest.
Prices are per-person, based on double occupancy. Tours often fill up months before departure. We regularly update our travel schedule to show the status of this and other trips.
So are most of the people who travel with us. You do not need to pay extra to travel by yourself. Prices are per-person, and the single supplement applies only if you'd like a room by yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can't match you with someone.
Based in Zermatt, Switzerland.
9 nights lodging (one night, with dinner, is in mountain hut; single supplement not applicable that night);
Opening-night reception and orientation;
Two dinners mid-trip; lunch on two days;
Experienced guides for two days of climbing practice and Matterhorn ascent;
Tram and cog railroad tickets as needed on 3 days;
Closing-night dinner at a superb local restaurant.
Transportation to and from Zermatt (easily accessible via excellent public transportation);
Meals not listed here;
Personal climbing equipment (such as crampons, harness, boots, clothing), which may be rented in Zermatt;
Gratuities for guides.