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Zermatt is home to the famous Matterhorn. It also is surrounded by a series of peaks over 4000m high, including Castor, Pollux, Breithorn, and further to Monte Rosa, Dufourspitz (highest peak in Switzerland). I decided to do some light mountaineering there during the 2005 summer at least one 4000+ m peak - which ended up being the Breithorn (4165m) and the traverse to Pollux(4090m).

The Matterhorn as the tourists see it from Zermatt.

The Matterhorn from the top of the Breithorn.

The 'horn' was missing from the 'matter' due to local cloud rising on the east face (left side in photo). The north face is the right side which faces Zermatt.

Being west you cannot see the way the east face suddenly steepens.

Not so exciting from this angle!

View from Breithorn to Castor and Pollux. Our group did a partial traverse, coming up from that side and coming down on the side towards the Matterhorn.

View of the Gorner glacier and Monte Rosa.

The rocky ridge on the left of the photo is part of the Rieffelberg - used for training for the Matterhorn climb at a simple 3000 odd metres height. Looks way down there from up here!

Breithorn from the Kleine Matterhorn area. We took the 'easy' route on the top right using crampons over the snow/ice slopes.
The Zermatt cemetery has graves of many climbers who died on the Matterhorn.

Part of the

Gornerschlucht.

The gorge comes from the Gorner glacier and feeds the river into Zermatt

 

 

 

 

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