Phyl Newbeck and Bryan Harrington recently completed our self guided Matterhorn Trek and sent us these photos. Their trek began in the village of Cervinia, Italy, and finished one week later in the famous resort town of Zermatt, Switzerland. While Zermatt is certainly on the map, the path they chose took them through one of the quietest corners of Italy and Switzerland.
One of the coolest things about this trip is that Phyl and Bryan got to see the Matterhorn from both the north AND the south sides (1st and 2nd photos). It's a really special thing to do.
The snow was deep this year, (even in late June/early July), which added a fun adventure component to their hiking tour.
You'll notice that there aren't a lot of people in these photos. The trails in this part of the Alps are remote and rarely traveled. The trails are so remote, in fact, that we don't offer this trip as a self-guided option unless we feel confident in our guests' hiking experience and ability.
The Matterhorn Trek is a challenging hike, and luggage transfer isn't practical, so you have to be in good shape and comfortable traveling light. That said, the hotels are wonderful, and the solitude and abundance of wildlife are superb.
Thanks to Phyl and Bryan for sending these images!