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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

The draw of the Hörnlihütte

I saw the big cliffs on the way to the Hörnlihütte from afar last time we were in Zermatt, and sadly came to the misinformed conclusion that I wouldn’t be able to hike to this most famous of mountain huts. It’s the hut at the base of the Matterhorn, from which modern ascents are made to the summit since Edward Whymper made the first successful attempt in 1865.

Now that I have read up on the route, and found that it’s classed T3, I know that it is doable after all. A T3 route is certainly demanding, but marked with red-and-white markers instead of the blue-and-white ones which mean really difficult, vertiginous routes.

So now I’m itching to go; in particular during the recommended, clement high summer season between July and September. Time to start exercising for the coming hiking season, I guess.

(Lead photo: Hörnlihütte, photographed by Rabes Picture Page in 2009, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.)