Drop: 680 m
Acent time: 2 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Zermatt for equipment check and a short briefing.
We take the lifts up to the Schwarzsee station (2,583 m). An easy trail leads us to the Hörnli Hut, a picturesque refuge at the feet of the Hörnli Ridge. The view of Matterhorn from here is breathtaking.
Drop: 1,220 m
Ascent/descent time: 10-12 hours
We set out from the hut around 5 am. The route is fairly intense and challenging all the way to the summit, which affords some mind-blowing views. The descent, by the same route, can be intimidating and is as challenging as the ascent, if not more.