As one of Europe’s oldest and most established mountain destinations, Zermatt has a guide tradition that goes back to the early 19th century when the village was first discovered by foreign visitors.
The Golden Age of Alpinism
Along with Chamonix, Zermatt was at the focus of the ‘Golden Age of Alpinism’ in the mid-1800s when many of the Alps’ major peaks were first climbed by British adventurers, accompanied by their local guides.
Over the years, the profession of mountain guide has evolved and now requires a high level of expertise in not just mountaineering but also skiing, rock and ice climbing, glacier treking and mountain rescue techniques.
Mountain guides must have official certification which is earned after several years of formal training in accordance with the curriculum set out by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV).
Whilst the mountain guides’ principal role is to lead their clients in the safest conditions possible, it is important that they be enjoyable and interesting company for their clients during the excursion.
In the winter season, the Zermatt mountain guides specialise in leading off-piste skiing and heli-ski excursions and ski tours in the spring.
Recommended local guides
We recommend a number of fully certified mountain guides who, with their expert local knowledge, we know will do their best to ensure our guests can take full advantage of the unique possibilities that Zermatt and its surrounding mountains have to offer.
As part of Matterhorn Chalets’ concierge service, we would be pleased to discuss your specific needs and put you in contact with an appropriate guide.
Zermatt mountain guide fees are from CHF 600 per day.