Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia
 
 

Matterhorn Circuit

The Matterhorn, or Cervin, is one of the world's most renowned and historic mountains. A near perfect pyramid, it stands at an altitude of 4478m above sea level, and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world and typical Swiss villages. The trail around the Matterhorn crosses between Italy and Switzerland, adding a cultural dimension to the journey. With high passes and steep ascents aided by steel ropes it is one of our more challenging hikes. However, with a good level of fitness and prior outdoor experience, this is an immensely rewarding traverse affording spectacular views throughout including some of the highest peaks in the Alps such as Dent Blanche (4357m) and Zinalrothorn (4221m).

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive St Niklaus, walk to Grüben (6-7hrs)
DAY 2 Cross the Forclaz Pass (2874m) to Zinal at the base of Dent Blanche (6hrs)
DAY 3 Walk through flowered meadows surrounded by the famous peaks of Zinalrothorn (4221m), Obergabelhorn (4063m) and Dent Blanche (4357m) to the village of Hauderes (6hrs)
DAY 4 Ascend glacier and the Col Collon (3082m) and descend to the Italian hamlet of Prarayer (2000m) (7-8hrs)
DAY 5 To Breuil Cervinia (6-7hrs)
DAY 6 Walk to the famous ski resort of Zermatt (6hrs), trip concludes

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