Days 1 - 2: Fly to Zurich. Early morning arrival and board the train to Zermatt. (The train station is just below the airport).
Day 3: Orientation, gear check, Leave No Trace discussion. Tram to training area for snow school. Self arrest, ice axe, and rope techniques will all be covered.
Day 4: Tram to training area for ice climbing. Crampons, tool placement and rope climbing will be covered and practiced.
Day 5: Riffelhorn. Tram to Riffelhorn and rock school practice. Techniques for ascending rock will be covered.
Day 6: Climb the Pollux (4092m) This excellent climb includes rock snow and possible ice climbing.
Day 7: Tram to Gornerschlucht hut and prepare for climb of Rimpfischhorn.
Day 8: Climb the Rimpfischhorn. This is a long climb using all the skills we have learned over the last several days.
Day 9: Descend to Zermatt and rest.
Day 10: Tram and hike to Matterhorn hut.
Day 11: Climb Matterhorn. This is a 1200meter climb on rock with small sections of snow and ice.
Days 12 - 13: Extra days to allow for inclement weather conditions.
Day 14: Train to Zurich and fly home.
Day 15: Arrive home.