Since the first ascent of the Matterhorn by the team of Edward Whymper 150 years ago, over 500 mountaineers lost their lives. Even Whympers rope party lost the team members Michel Croz, Robert Hadow, Charles Hudson and Francis Douglas on the descent. After their overwhelming triumph on the top of the spectacular mountain they fell from the north face.

The 1200 metres high north face of the Matterhorn is besides Grand Jorasses of Mont Blanc and the Eiger north face one of the „big three“ in the Alps.

Whympers milestone first ascent was more a spontaneous act after he heard by pure chance that Jean-Antoine Carrel would start first for the ascent. He built a team and started right away on his own on July 14, 1865.

The Whymper route along the Hörnli ridge is still the most known and most frequented way to climb the astonishing landmark of Switzerland.

Come on the spectacular ridge walk to the Matterhorn.

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