Breithorn
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The Breithorn (4,164 m), with its many summits, is a strong, glaciered mountain crest. The normal climb is considered as one of the easiest routes for climbing a four-thousand metre mountain. This tour is a perfect way to get a sense of high Alpine air for the first time but only for surefooted and experienced mountain hikers accompanied by a mountain guide. The tour includes climbing a glaciated four thousand-metre peak, and this is not to be underestimated. In the early morning, one takes the aerial tramway to Matterhorn glacier paradise at 3,883 m. The climb to the top and the descent afterwards lasts about three hours depending on the conditions. Even though the climb is not dizzying, the tour does offer a high Alpine mountain experience where one can live out the feeling of having one’s head already in outer space. •Snow tour on the glacier •The overall difficulty of the tour is given as “L” (easy) •A mountain guide is recommended •Warning: glacier crevasses
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Atle A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Had to cancel our reservation due to medical reasons, but nonetheless - all contact with Zermatters was a good experience. They respond very quick, very polite, and re-payment was handled within hours on a sunday morning. Leaves a very thrustworthy impression. Would not hesitate to contact them another time.
Written 20 February 2023
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patrickabroard
patrickabroard25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Fabulous. I was concerned as I was not in the best shape whether this was frankly a step to far. The reviews on here were interesting but I didn't know what people meant by 'you need to be physically fit' so I hope if I give a little more detail about ourselves it might help.
My son was perfectly caple of going up it as he is 17 and relatively fit ( though not sporty). I am 57 and although I don't smoke or drink much I have let the exercise slip during Covid, I've done no specific exercise for a couple of years and arrived in Zermatt a week ago out of shape.
Having been in Zermatt a week, we've gradually increased our treks from brief to the 5 lakes way, starting at Blauherd and mostly downhill. Basically I reckon if you can do the 5 lakes way without too much trouble you'll probably be OK.
That's not too say its easy, you will be tired and it is a test.
There is however one issue. We went with Zermatters and I would recommend them. However, my understanding is you cannot be guaranteed a refund if the weather closes the cable car to the Kleine Matterhorn. It was closed on our first day so you need to check the forecast. On the plus side we found slots available 48 or even 24 hours beforehand.
Also, they like an early start, 7.00am, but as was commented by another reviewer the snow is crisper and easier to walk on. Also there's fewer people descending on the same path which is really good as the path is narrow.
As others say there is no way on earth this should be attempted without crampons and ropes and knowledge.
Written 21 August 2022
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CarolynSalzmann
Orlando, FL37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
For those people that can't summit the Matterhorn, like me, this is a great experience. I would recommend early in the morning, as the conditions are much better. In the afternoon the snow on top starts to get soft and you sink. I had to stop a few times to breathe deeply, as the altitude is tough (I like in Florida, USA). We used Zermatters on the main street in Zermatt as our guide. The assigned Tobias to our group of four. I felt very safe and we had an amazing experience.
Written 4 September 2021
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Yves R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Easiest doesn't mean easy. But you can climb a mountain at more than 4000m from sea level.
Good shoes, ice crampons, a guide and a rope for the ice field. Take your time (oxygen is limited at this altitude) and you can go climb the last 400m of altitude in 90mn-2h if you are in good physical shape from the cable car station.
If I did it, you can. But don't forget getting an experienced person to lead the rope (Local guides are easily available; They are not cheap, but going without experience would be a good way to test the emergency services in Zermatt).
In the end, you'll feel at the top of the world!
Written 31 August 2020
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Mat-Dxb
Dubai, United Arab Emirates117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Half Traversie to Breithorn is a fun experience for good hikers. a great training hike for bigger tours or just a 4000er experience.
Written 15 August 2020
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Crvan
Weston, FL719 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Breithorn mountain is located opposite of the Matterhorn mountain and both mountains can be best viewed from the Gornergrat. The Breithorn mountain is 4164 meters high, one of several dozen peaks that are each over 4000 meters high in the Zermatt area. All the different mountains and glaciers in the area are all unique and makes one almost speechless when viewing them. See our reviews for the Gornergrat to get ideas for best viewing these beautiful mountains.
Written 16 September 2019
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Sam B
Diepenbeek, Belgium46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
We popped up the Breithorn after we completed the Haute Route. As we all had mountaineering experience and were well acclimatized we went up and down from the Kleine Matterhorn station in just under 2.5 hours. That said this mountain is very reasonable to do for people with limited or no mountaineering experience with a local guide, just keep in mind this is hard work and will take you around 4 hours of huffing and puffing at altitude. We saw people trying to go up - very unsuccessfully ! - with just their casual clothes and sneakers ... people, ok this is not Everest and you will not need a full down suite ... but it is still a mountain with glacier and crevasses, you NEED crampons and an ice-axe and proper boots. Don't be that person that requires rescue because you set out on your own on your sneakers!
Written 14 September 2018
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Cindy-SG-Red-Dot
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Dream come true. Did the Snow/Glacier hiking of Breithorn with guide Mr Ludwig Imboden (Zermatters) on 24Aug2018. Had enjoyed a lot. Amazing experience.

Also, I would like to specially say a Big Thank You to guide Mr Ludwig Imboden, whom was very helpful and understanding to my situation. I had turned up wearing a normal sport shoes and he had mentioned that it is not safe nor warm for my feet and ankles. He had specifically spent time borrowing a pair of snowshoes for me so that I can proceed with the hike.

An experience that I will never forget and will be back more for other similar activities. The professional handling of the staffs whom were prompt and helpful to my queries had also made my day. Strongly recommend.
Written 9 September 2018
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TheFabRitz
Winterthur, Switzerland450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Oh my God! If there is a majestic view, it must be from here. People walk up from Cervinia in three hours, or for much less fitness from Matterhorn Glacier Paradies. In spring there are plenty of people walking up, but please take the right equipment with you and if you don't know the place, a guide as well.
Written 9 April 2018
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Catherine M
Geneva, Switzerland95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
If you are visiting Zermatt in the summer and you would like to experience your first high alpine adventure, then you might consider climbing the Breithorn. The Breithorn (4164 metres) is a beautiful glaciered mountain crest that is considered to be one of the easiest 4000m peaks to climb in the Swiss Alps. It is, technically, an easy hike, but you do need a good level of fitness and should be an experienced hiker to take on this challenge, accompanied by an official guide. Zermatt Alpine Center in the village is the place to go to hire guides and sign up for this half-day adventure. You will need to rent crampons, special hiking boots, a hiking pole and a harness to climb Breithorn. These can be rented in any sports shop in Zermatt.

It took me under four hours to get to the top and back down, with a guide. There were five us in our group, all roped in. The altitude I would say is the toughest thing about this climb. The views from the top are simply amazing, you can see right to the Mont Blanc and beyond, it really is stunning. However, the ledge at the top is quite narrow and so not for the faint-hearted. You'll be glad to be roped in at the top. We only spent about 15-20 minutes there before starting our descent. All is all, this is a fabulous experience I would really recommend if you are fit and healthy!
Written 24 October 2017
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