Short Trek on The Matterhorn
from Saint Barthelemey to the Matterhorn
This short two and a half day trek will take us to the foot of the Matterhorn, crossing woods, mountain passes and Alpine lakes. A unique experience to live with a ruck-sack on our shoulders!
Excursion for expert
min 8 - max 15
From mid-july to end of september.
A two and a half day trekking trip along one of the most fascinating parts of the high road track n°1,. While crossing mountain passes, alpine lakes and woods we will be surrounded by the magic of the high altitude and the inhabitants of these places.The Matterhorn will be our host for most of the time with its steep walls rich in history and dreams of vertical adventures.
We will arrive at Rifugio Magià on the first evening after an easy walk, just right to warm our muscles ready for what awaits on the following day. This beautiful rifugio, recently restored welcomes us with typical food of the Valle d’Aosta. Next morning, after an early breakfast we will start out on our climb towards the Fenetre de Tsan, a pass at 2736m that separates the Vallone of Saint Berthelemy from Valtournenche. From here we have an incredible view over most of the Valle d’Aosta; below us Lake Tsan with its refuge. The descent among snowy valleys and stony ground could hold a pleasant, surprise meeting with ptarmigans, ermines and chamois. Marmots with their characteristic whistles will accompany us all day and distract us from the noise of our hiking boots. On arrival at Fenetrè d’Ersa The Matterhorn with its immensely perfect shape, will magically appear in front of us.
This mountain is famous all over the world and is one of the most desired by mountain climbers. Before arriving at Rifugio Barmasse towards the end of the day , there remains one last easy climb among larch woods and important damp areas. This little refuge lies near the artificial lake Cignana, well-known for its crystal clear waters but much less known for the micro-diamonds hidden on the water bed.
Refreshed and rested we depart on the last day for the Matterhorn , getting more emotional sights on the Carrel balcony; an easy track which takes us to the foot of the Matterhorn chain. The spectacular view is unforgettable. The magical power and respect transmitted by this mountain is unique!
All that remains to do on our arrival is to get on the private mini bus that takes us back to our departure point and our cars.
Min/max number of participants: 8/15. Reservation closes 1 month before or when fully booked.
Meeting 5pm. On first day
190 Euro per person for group of not less than 8 participants.
- Qualified guide for the whole trip
- Half board in Refugio Magià and Rifugio Barmasse
- 2 Packed lunches
- Return transport to departure point
- Anything not mentioned in “What’s included”
- Tourist and cultural attractions not mentioned
- Any extra excursions using local transport
- Tips and anything not mentioned in “What’s included”
Meeting 4.30pm in the Lignan car park at the bottom of valle di Sain Barthelemey
Climb to Rifugio Magià (2000m)
400m difference in altitude
Time required.: about 2 hours
Crossing from Rifigio Magià (2000m) to Rifugio Barmasse (2157m) passing Fenetrè de Tsan (2736m) and Fenetrè d’Ersa (2290m)
About 1000m total difference in altitude
Time required: whole day
Crossing towards The Matterhorn along Carrel balcony
About 200m difference in altitude for the climb
About 400m difference in altitude for descent
Time required: whole day with estimated arrival at the Matterhorn around 3pm. Return to Lignan by minibus
hiking boots or waterproof shoes, pullover or fleece, waterproof/windproof jacket, hat, back-pack water bottle, thermos flask, sunglasses and sun cream. A Camera, binoculars and head light is advised. If possible bring a sleeping bag sheet.
High differences in temperature between the early hours and central hours of the day. Rain isn’t frequent but its best to remember that the weather in the mountains can change unexpectedly.