Matterhorn, Italy/Switzerland

Prominence: 1038 m, 3406 ft

Elevation: 4478 meters, 14,692 feet

True Isolation: 13.92 km, 8.65 mi
Local or Alternate Name(s)French: Mont Cervin
German: Matterhorn
Italian: Monte Cervino
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)45° 58' 35'' N, 7° 39' 31'' E
45.976397, 7.658527 (Dec Deg)
396083 E 5092300 N, Zone 32 (UTM)
Valle d’Aosta
County/Second Level RegionAosta

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Ascent Info

Total successful ascents logged by registered users: 89
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 108)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1949-08-15 by Frederick Johnson
     1986-08-22 by Keith Anderson
     1992-09-16 by Mick Stanic (Unsuccessful)
     1993-08 by Bo Belvedere Christensen
     1994-08-02 by Joe Lavelle
     1997-09-08 by Chris Upson
     2003-09-05 by Tim Benjamin
     2011-08-18 by Paul Fejtek
     2013-07-30 by Gene Heinrich
     2015-07-24 by Jacob Winey (GPS Track)
     2017-09-12 by David Alexander (Unsuccessful)
     2018-07-18 by Sean O
     2018-08-21 by Jonathan Scislow
     2019-07-22 by Evan L

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The Matterhorn is one of the very few peaks whose fame has trancended the realm of the mountains; perhaps only Mount Everest has entered the public consciousness more than this sharp summit of the Swiss-Italian border.

The renown of the Matterhorn is not due to its elevation. Depending on the prominence threshold selected, it could be called anything from the fifth to tenth highest peak in the Alps. Only 14 km/9 mi away is Liskamm, a slightly higher summit, and just beyond that is the Monte Rosa massif, the second highest in the Alps, rising 156 m/512 ft above the Matterhorn's crest.

The Matterhorn is famous for two reasons. The first and most obvious is its shape, especially in the classic view from Zermatt. A tall rocky fang with a summit that appears to overhang the sheer north face, the first view of the peak is breathtaking; it does not look like any other mountain, but instead a surreal landform that just looks impossible, set among the more mundane summits around it.

Aside from its profile, the Matterhorn is legendary as the site of perhaps the most celebrated mountain climb and accident ever. Edward Whymper, on his seventh attempt, climbed this last major virgin alpine peak on July 14th, 1865, only to have four members of his seven-man team plunge to their deaths on the descent. Whymper and his two guides were saved only when their rope broke.

These days, the Matterhorn is a relatively easy and very popular ascent. I have heard that the Hornli Ridge (Whymper's route and still considered the easiest) on nice weather days is a solid queue of climbers, and that the greatest dangers are people-generated rockfall from above and tricky maneuvering while passing other parties going opposite directions. It is not a climb for the acrophobic, but a guide can take any competent scrambler to the summit without much difficulty. Other routes are harder but less crowded, and the north face remains one of the "big three" walls of the Alps, along with the north faces of the Eiger and the Grandes Jorasses.

This unusual view of the Matterhorn showcases it’s sheer east face (1993-08).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 1038 m/3406 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 1038 m/3406 ft
  Line Parent: Weisshorn
  Key Col: Wandfluejoch    3440 m/11,286 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 13.92 km/8.65 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 45.9267, 7.8233
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Liskamm-West Summit  (ESE)
RangesContinent: Europe
Range2: Alps
Range3: Southern Alps
Range4: Pennine Alps
Range5: Southwest Zermatt Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Matterhorn Group (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesWestern Pyrennes Crest
Drainage Basins
Gulf of Lion
Western Mediterranean
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Adriatic Sea
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
First AscentJuly 14, 1865
    Croz, Michel-Auguste
    Douglas, Francis
    Hadow, Douglas (United Kingdom)
    Hudson, Charles (United Kingdom)
    Taugwalder Jr., Peter (Switzerland)
    Taugwalder, Peter (Switzerland)
    Whymper, Edward (United Kingdom)
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Breithorn (L) and Matterhorn (R) from Monte Rosa at sunrise (2010-07-31). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Descending in the late afternoon after turning back 400 feet shy of the summit. (2017-09-12). Photo by David Alexander.
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4478 m - Matterhorn (2008-08-30). Photo by Jan Matiášek.
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4478 m – Matterhorn (2008-08-30). Photo by Jan Matiášek.
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Back at the bottom of the "Horu". This is the famous Hörnligrat (1993-08-17). Photo by Iwan Auderset.
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Matterhorn from south ridge of Dent Blanche (2021-07-24). Photo by Ondrej Trocak.
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