As the most recognized mountain on the European continent, the roughly chiseled rock pyramid of the Matterhorn serves as a defining geographical landmark. With a near perfect pyramid, its absolute symmetry demarcates the exquisite nature of this beautiful mountain. Nestled in the Swiss Alps, birthplace of climbing, an ascent of the Matterhorn hearkens back to the purist traditions of climbing. The Matterhorn, which stands over the town of Zermatt, is nearly steeple-like in both structure and magnetism. The region nearby is comprised of lush meadows and pristine landscapes. The combination of scenic beauty, superb lodging and the ability to challenge oneself by day and live in luxury by night, makes climbing in Switzerland a rather comfortable alpine experience. In preparation for the ascent of the Matterhorn, we climb a succession of stunning peaks. As part of the expedition, both novice and experienced climbers receive training to prepare for technical ascents. With each climb, the intensity of difficulty increases as we move from the Riffelhorn to Pollux to the Rimpfischhorn and finally to the Matterhorn. When we reach our final climb of the Matterhorn, the climber-to-guide ratio is 1:1. This unique opportunity to climb in one of the most famous climbing regions in the world is unrivaled in excellence and quality. Climbs in Previous years have enjoyed 100% summit success, including 2010.