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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Valais / Wallis, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.20312°N / 7.96234°E

Object Title: Mattwaldhorn

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 10650 ft / 3246 m


Page By: Cyrill

Created/Edited: Jul 28, 2008 / May 30, 2010

Object ID: 425462

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Mattwaldhorn 3246m is a mountain in the southwestern part of Switzerland, in the canton Valais (Wallis). Located in the Pennine Alps. The mountain is in the Saas valley, which is famous for many beautiful hikes and ski tours in Spring time. In the northwest of the mountain, are the village Gspon 1893m an in the east the Simplon pass. in the contiguity are many famous mountains, as Fletschhorn, Lagginhorn and Weissmies. The Mattwaldhorn is rather a “quiet and lonely” summit. You can enjoy the wild nature. Especially in this region is the forest, he reaches up to 2400m high!

Mattwaldhorn 3246m
Mattwaldhorn 3246m / 10650 ft

Route & Difficulty

Summer route on foot:

Best start in the village Gspon 1893m. On a hiking trail to "Obere Schwarze Wald 2191m" and farther to "Färiga 2271m". About the southwest ridge of the Simelihorn 3124m up to the Simelihorn 3124m. Afterwards you go on the facile west ridge to the Mattwaldhorn 3246m. Descent on the same route.

> The Simelihorn 3124m is right next to the Mattwaldhorn and can be simultaneously climb

Winter/Spring route with ski:

Best start in the village Saas Balen 1483m. Ascend to "Siwine 2077m" and to the Mattwaldalpa 2598m. About the south side to the Mattwaldhorn 3246m.

Online maps for Switzerland:


Map Search - Online Maps


Various hotels in Stalden and Staldenried Gspon


Hotels in Stalden

Hotels in Staldenried

Getting There

With public transport:

From Berne with train to Kandersteg and across the Lötschberg tunnel to Visp and Brig. Then with a another train to Stalden and with a cable car to the small village Gspon 1893m.

Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule

By Car:

From Berne to Kandersteg. With Lötschberg car transport train to Goppenstein and Brig. Then to Stalden (car parking) and with a cable car to the small village Gspon 1893m.

Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english and TCS.ch

Weather, climate and snow conditions in Switzerland

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology

Weather SFDRS

Meteo News.ch

Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch


Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com

Valais tourism: www.valaistourism.ch

Saas valley tourism: www.saastal.ch

Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch

In Memory of Cyrill Rüegger

A note from the SP staff
Cyrill Rüegger, the member we all used to know as Cyrill and Digitalis, died on June 13th 2009 in an avalanche on the summit ridge of Piz Palü together with his wife Tanja and a common friend. They were swept down by the avalanche into a couloir underneath the east summit and died instantly. Their bodies were retrieved from the Palü Glacier by helicopter a day after the accident.

Cyrill joined SP in March 2006 and soon was one of the most prolific contributors on the site with almost 70 mountain and 5 range pages to his profile. He was an accomplished climber, bagging almost 1000 summits in not quite seven years. Among them are 35 4000ers and 272 3000ers, almost all of them in his home country Switzerland.

While contributing a lot on SP, Cyrill's real internet home was www.hikr.org where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on www.bergsteigen.at and other climbing sites, often under his real name but also under the pseudonym Digitalis. He was a botanist by profession and also contributed his knowledge about medical plants to different websites. Cyrill will be greatly missed by all.

This page will be kept in honour of Cyrill, one of SP's most prolific members and most active mountaineers.

Rest in peace, brother!

The picture above was taken on the summit of Matterhorn on July 28th 2007.


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