The “Matterhorn” is an iconic emblem of the Alps, with a summit of 14,690 feet. Located in the Pennine Alps on the boarder between Switzerland and Italy, it towers 9,280 feet over the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn was the last great Alpine peak to be climbed. The first men who managed to climb to the top of this mountain were a group of seven mountaineers led by Edward Whymper from Great Britain on July 14, 1865. Four of the seven men died on the way back. Since it was first climbed over 500 alpinists have died on the Matterhorn, making it one of the most deadly peaks in the Alps. We will be attempting the most popular route, the Hornli Ridge Route.
The meaning of it’s name, “Meadow Peak”.