Walkin in the Matterhorn
February 25th, 2011, by

Walkin in the Matterhorn

Rising 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) out the the ground stands one of the highest peaks in the Pennine Alps, the Matterhorn. Located on the border between Switzerland and Italy, the Matterhorn is a breathtaking sight for anyone to see; tourist come from all over the world for walking holidays in this area.

The mountain has four faces that face each compass point respectively ( north, south, east, and west). The first ascent was made by Edward Whymper and six others in 1865. Although they were the first to conquer the Matterhorn, it ended tragically when four of his members fell to their death on the descent. Each year a large number of mountain climbers try to climb to the top of Matterhorn’s Peaks. Since 1865, the mountain has claimed over 500 deaths out of the thousands who have tried to climb it. Zermatt is a town located in the canton of Valais to the north-east side of the Matterhorn. Tourist who come to experience all the mountain has to offer can stay here.

While they enjoy there stay in Zermatt, visitors can partake in a vast number of activities such as snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, snowshoe hiking, ice skating, ice climbing, and even para-gliding. If you come to visit during the summertime you can also enjoy summer activities such as mountain biking, golfing, fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing. Whymper started his legendary first ascent from Zermatt over a hundred years ago, and people still come today to prepare for there first ascent. With so much to see and do, tourist are sure to come back to experience more. Whether you come to the Matterhorn to soak in the sights or experience the rush of climbing to the summit. You can be sure your visit will be one you will never forget. Learn the history and experience the culture to get the full effect of what the Matterhorn has to offer. Most of all, remember to have fun, we only live once.

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