As it stands, the travel industry has almost ground to a halt. Tough times indeed. But the only constant is change and there will come a day when things will return to normal, no matter how normal they are! In the meantime, I think we can all dream of that day when we can quench our thirst for walks again. Here’s something you might want to consider when that day comes. Zermatt is almost completely surrounded by the high mountains of the Valais Alps and it may surprise you to read that there are a total of 38 peaks in the region with a length of over 4,000 m.

These include the Matterhorn, Mount Rose and its highest peak, the Dufourspitze, which at 4,634 metres is the highest peak in Switzerland. A true paradise for mountaineers and all those who feel at home in a mountainous landscape. If you feel like climbing, pack your cleats and ice picks and drive to Zermatt. If the thought of capturing yourself at a dizzying height gives you a thrill, just bring your camera and admire the most spectacular and beautiful landscape of the Alps.

Alalina Horn (4,027 m)

The Allalinhorn is one of the easiest 4,000 m peaks in the Alps and one of the most popular. From the summit, climbers can see almost the entire length of the western Alps. The first ascent took place in 1856. In 1828, Heinrich Michaelis crossed the Allalin pass with a guide and thus opened the way to the southwestern Ridge. The first ascent of the Horn of Alalina over the same Ridge occurred 28 years later. On August 28, 1856, Pastor Johann Josef Imseng and his servant Franz Josef Andenmatten led the Englishman Edward Levi Ames.

The current normal route, the Nordwestgrat, was first used on 1 August 1860. On July 27, 1882, Bernese high school teacher and historian Heinrich Döhler climbed the summit over the difficult Northeast Ridge with mountain guides Alphons and Peter Supersaxo and then descended over the Hohlaub Ridge. This was the first crossing of the two ridges.

The first winter ascent of the Allalin was made by Swiss climber R. Bracken solo in 1907. The first ascent on skis was made on April 17 of the same year by two Zurich climbers A. Hurter and Max Stahel together with local climbers Othmar and Oskar Supersaxo.

The Alpine Metro takes mountaineers from Saas-Fee to the peaks at an altitude of almost 3500 m.the top of the mountain is an approximately two-hour ascent from the upper station of the cable car. The summit is located in the Mischabel mountain range, between the Saas and Mattertal valleys. The Allalinhorn is a white dome between the mountaineering centers in Saas-Fee and Zermatt. A mountain guide is required and acclimatization is recommended. It is a glacier hike with some rocks and boulders, but is considered an easy climb.

Mountain guide Camillo Supersaxo from Saas Fee has climbed the Horn of Alalina more than 1000 times. On the occasion of the anniversary, Bishop Eldingen held a Mass at the summit.

The Breithorn (4,164 m)

The Breithorn is a heavily glaciated mountain range with several peaks. Many aspiring climbers choose it for their first peak of 4,000 meters. The first ascent was made in 1813 by Henry Maynard, Joseph-Marie Couttet, Jean-Baptiste Erin, Jean-Jacques Erin, Jean gras. It is considered the easiest 4,000-meter summit in the Alps. The Breithorn is about 2 hours from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car station. A mountain guide is required and it is a pure glacier tour.

In July 1995, Zermatt mountain guide Ulrich Inderbinen climbed the Breithorn and the Allalin more than a dozen times. He was 95 years old at the time. After a harmless fall on the way back from the Breithorn, Inderbinen ended his 70-year career as a mountain guide in the summer of 1995.

“Largo” means “wide”: an adequate description for this ridge with several peaks, which stretches for two kilometers. The western peak is the highest, but it is also considered the easiest to climb. The central and Eastern peaks, as well as the Breithorn twins, form a chain to the East. The easternmost peak, which marks the end of the Breithorn, is the Schwarzfluh (Roccia Nera). The border between Valais and the Autonomous Region of Valle d’aosta crosses the Breithorn. The peak is also part of the main Alpine range, which is the regional watershed and the common meteorological waterline.

Dufourspitze (4,634 m)

The first ascent was made on August 1, 1855 by a team led by Charles Hudson. Hudson was then part of the team that completed the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 and, unfortunately, one of four climbers who died on the descent. At Dufour, Hudson was joined by John Birkbeck, Edward J. W. Stephenson and brothers Christopher and James G. Smyth.

The Dufourspitze is the highest peak in Switzerland and one of the ten most important peaks of the Monte Rosa Massif. Its rival is the Duomo, the highest mountain located entirely in Switzerland. In 2005, the 150th anniversary of the first ascent was celebrated: Federal Councillor Joseph Deiss climbed to the summit on a seven-hour excursion from the former Monte Rose Hut, accompanied by mountain guides from Zermatt, descendants of the first mountain guides. There he met with the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Giovanni Alemanno.

A mountain guide is required and, depending on the shape, the Dufourspitze is suitable for single or multiple ascents in the Mont Rose Massif. The climb is considered to be of moderate difficulty. As with all these climbs, acclimatization would be highly recommended.

One of the great, but by no means the only achievements of General Guillaume-Henri Dufour was his letter Dufour. Manufactured between 1845 and 1865, it received worldwide recognition and the highest awards at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1855. During the special federal citizens ‘ Debate of 1847 – the last debate on Swiss soil, which lasted only 27 days – Dufour distinguished himself by adhering to humanitarian principles in the war. Dufour was one of the co-founders of the International Committee of the Red Cross.