Take the Matterhorn Glacier Express from Zermatt up to 3800 meters (tip: the Swiss federal railway’s Half Fare Travelcard is a one-off purchase, but will save you 50% on your rail costs). The Breithorn (4164m) will already look so close you could almost touch it. The route takes a wide arc over the gentle glacier slopes and leads to the main (west) summit via its south slope. Even though the Breithorn is considered to be the easiest of the four-thousanders, it’s not to be underestimated!
If you go up with skis early in the year, the descent via the Schwarztor offers an alternative, providing conditions are good.
Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, CH-3920 Zermatt; Tel.: +41 27 9660101;
normal operation in peak season (July, August) from 6:30 a.m. (off-season from 8:30 a.m.)