Lose yourself in the heart of the Alps, in the shadow of Europe’s most iconic mountain.
Three busy years after their last epic thru-hiking adventure, Dan and Esther are eager to set out once more into the wilderness. Starting in the beautiful heart of the high Swiss Alps, they decide to try the Tour of the Matterhorn, a loop around Europe’s most iconic mountain. But with no fixed itinerary or timeframe, they find themselves taking a somewhat different route as they hike and camp higher than they’ve ever been before.
Having started out determined to “take it easy”, they instead find themselves pushing their boundaries across glaciers, precipitous ridges and vertical laddered cliffs while also battling illness and at times being hardly able to eat. Yet through the kindness of strangers, the inspirational people they meet and by leaning on each other when the going gets tough, a challenge that could have been a step too far instead becomes the adventure of a lifetime.
Taking in the entire Tour of the Matterhorn and Tour of Monte Rosa (the second highest mountain in the Alps), most of the Chamonix-to-Zermatt Haute Route and a little of the Tour des Combins, their four week odyssey becomes a deep exploration of the finest scenery the Alps has to offer. With almost 25 vertical kilometres of ascent over 320 kilometres of hiking, surrounded by dozens of famous 4000 metre summits, monumental glaciers and remote mountain valleys, it’s an adventure not to be missed.