Matterhorn Normal Route

Lion ridge

The Matterhorn remains one of the most sough-after challenges dreamed by mountaineers from all over the world, wishing to follow the footsteps of its first conquerer, J.A. Carrel, the first to summit in 1865. Climbing up a spectacular ridge that offers 360 ° views of the surrounding Alps we will reach the prestigious top of the Matterhorn.

€ 1290


2 Days




Max. 1


from June to September

The Matterhorn ascent is suitable to experienced mountaineers with excellent physical condition and training, able to maneuver comfortably on various terrains and altitudes.
The route starts at the Carrel Hut, where we spend the night before the climb. The following day a great ascent awaits, a 700m climb to cover in approximately 5 hours to the summit.
The descent is equally challenging and should not be underestimated, not only for its difficulties but also for it takes place in the second part of the day.

The Matterhorn Climb on the Lion ridge

Also known as the ‘Italian Normal route’, this epic ascent develops almost entirely on an exposed ridge which connects the Lion ridge with Pic Tyndall, leading to ,the summit of Matterhorn at 4478m. The Italian Normal route is slightly shorter than the Swiss route (which develops along the Hörnli ridge) but nevertheless it is technically more demanding, with several passages of IV degree climb at high altitudes. These sections are fitted with fixed ropes and rope ladders to aid the ascent, an endurance test that will not disappoint the most eager mountaineers!

Costs conditions and materials

For safety reasons and regulations each guide can accompany 1 person only.

  • 1 participant: €1,290

Included in the fee: the Guide service, the rental of technical equipment necessary for the activity (helmet, harness, ice-ax and crampons).

Not included in the fee: 1 night accommodation on half bard basis at a local Rifugio, personal expenses, guide's expenses, cable-car ticket, and anything not mentioned in "included".


Equipment provided by Mountime: helmet, harness, ice-ax and crampons

Personal equipment: Layered mountain clothing, warm windproof jacket, gloves and hat, sun glasses and suns cream, trekking boots (preferably crampon-compatible), backpack with water, energy snacks, and a change of clothes for 1 night stay.

Should you require specific gear please let us know, we will do our best to help you.