MATTERHORN CERVINO THE PIRAMIDE OF ALPS
The pyramid of the Alps, the Matterhorn in German and Cervino in Italian is certainly the Icon of the Alps.
Its pyramidal figure, towering alone in the sky, its four ridges, which intersect at the top between the Italian valley of Breuil-Cervinia and the Swiss valley of Zermatt, and its epic history, for its conquest, have made the Cervino-Matterhorn famous all over the world
- WHAT TO DO IN ZERMATT AND CERVINIA
- WHERE TO SLEEP IN ZERMATT AND CERVINIA
- HOW TO GET TO ZERMATT, CERVINIA AND THE MATTERHORN
In fact, the image of the Matterhorn has been used for numerous advertising campaigns (one example is the Toblerone chocolate) and is an unmissable tourist destination in the Alps and half for many mountaineers, who every year climb the Swiss ridge (Hornli ridge), or the more challenging Italian ridge (Lion's ridge).
"Zermatt and Cervinia are very popular with many visitors. The call of the icon of the Alps, the Matterhorn - Matterhorn, is irresistible, not only for mountaineers.
This, unfortunately, makes the area often a little saturated with tourists, but it is enough to go a little far away from the traditional itineraries to find oneself at the sight of this famous peak in all tranquillity.
Certainly, the best period could be autumn, when the ski area is not yet open and the valleys of Zermatt and Cervinia are dressed in red with the peaks already whitewashed."
Fabio e Paolo
The first ascent and conquest of the summit of the Cervino-Matterhorn were carried out by a Swiss rope team with the famous English alpinist Edward Whymper, competing with an Italian rope team led by the guide Jean Antoine Carrel.
On 14 July 1865 Whyper and his companions reached the summit first by climbing the Hornli ridge from Zermatt (today this is considered the easiest route for the Matterhorn Matterhorn climb), unfortunately, the success was overshadowed by the loss of two companions during the descent.
On the same day Jean Antoine Carrel and companions, starting from Cervinia, were unable to complete the ascent, giving up near the summit. The feat succeeded only three days later but climbing the more difficult Lion's Ridge.
In 1965, from 18 to 22 February, the brilliant Italian mountaineer Walter Bonatti wrote a page in the history of mountaineering, completing the first winter solo ascent of the severe north face of the Matterhorn, starting from Zermatt.
The moment was also immortalized by some photos taken from a reconnaissance plane.
Thanks to the state-of-the-art facilities in Zermatt and Cervinia, the two resorts offer a very wide range of tourist attractions, both in summer and winter, thanks also to the Matterhorn ski paradise, which extends between the Swiss and Italian sides.
Zermatt is not accessible by car, but only by train, and is the final station of the Glacier Express, a route through the Swiss Alps, which connects Zermatt - Andermatt - St. Moritz.
Some areas upstream of Zermatt are connected by rack and pinion trains, an ideal route for visitors who want to admire these vast views and the Matterhorn pyramid.
MOUNTAINEERING CERVINO CLIMBING – MATTERHORN
The Alpine Guides of Zermatt and Cervinia propose the climbing of the Cervino-Matterhorn and numerous other itineraries on the walls and peaks of the Zermatt and Cervinia area, both mountaineering and freeride skiing routes.
The Classic ascent is along the Hornli crest from Zermatt, the most climbed itinerary, or along the more difficult crest of the Lion from Cervinia, both are climbed at altitude, difficulty AD in an exposed Alpine environment, on often unstable terrain with the possibility of ice and snow.
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In addition to the Matterhorn, the long ridge that connects the Piccolo Cervino to Monte Rosa is one of the most important alpine areas in the Alps, with numerous itineraries for all levels.
WHAT TO DO IN CERVINIA, ZERMATT AND IN THE NEARBY REGION
IN CERVINIA AND ZERMATT
1. Stroll through the villages of Cervinia and the historic ones of Zermatt and Valtournenche.
2. Take the cable car to the Klein Matterhorn and visit the Glacier Palace.
3. Endless fun on the slopes of the Matterhorn Ski Paradise.
4. Treat yourself to a panoramic trip on the Zermatt - Gornergrat train.
5. Climb the Hornli Ridge or the Lion's Ridge and reach the top of the Cervino - Matterhorn.
6. Stop at the beautiful and scenic Blue Lake on the outskirts of Cervina.
7. Stroll through the historic huts and barns of the Zermatt alpine pastures.
8. Don't miss an excursion to the famous Lake Stellisee.
IN THE NEARBY REGION
2. Alpine climbing between the peaks and ridges of Monte Rosa.
3. Discover the Roman remains and historical sites of the Aosta Valley.
4. Reach the refuges of the Zermatt valley along the great glaciers of the Alps.
5. Fontina, the typical cheese of the Aosta Valley, visit the center in Valpelline.
6. Taste the delicate Lardo DOP of Arnad and the tasty Jambon DOP De Bosses.
7. Monte Bianco-Mont Blanc mountaineering, nature, and history on the border between Italy, France, and Switzerland.
8. Don't miss the castles of Valle d'Aosta and the Fortress of Bard.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN CERVINIA AND ZERMATT - HOTELS, B&B, APARTMENTS
The tourist villages of Breuil-Cervina and Zermatt, offer numerous holiday solutions, with high-level excellence, other solutions are available in the other villages of the two valleys.
Thanks to pictures, facilities informations and reviews, You can check easly the availability of Hotels, B&B and Holiday Houses in Cervinia and Zermatt and book the best solution for You, using this links:
HOW TO GET TO CERVINIA AND ZERMATT
Breuil-Cervinia is the last village in the Italian valley on the slopes of the Matterhorn and is located at an altitude of 2000m. The village can be reached by car or bus. Motorway E25 Mont Blanc exit Saint-Vincent.
Zermatt can only be reached by train, via the train that connects it to Visp. By car, you can reach the village of Tasch (large parking spaces available) and then continue for about 30min by train.
Attention Zermatt and Cervinia are not directly connected only through the ski routes, in fact only in the winter period, with the purchase of the international ski pass, you can move from one side to the other and reach the 2 resorts with the ski lifts and the connecting ski slopes.
Breuil-Cervinia, check here for your flight on:
TRN - Turin airport 1,45h
Zermatt, check here for your flight on:
ZHR - Zurich airport 3,30h
BSL - Basel airport 3,30h
GVA - Geneve airport 2,30h
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