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The Matterhorn Base Camp

A base camp to serve as a 'temporary Alpine shelter' has be erected on the Hirli at 2,880 metres above sea level (coordinates 619.500 / 093.100) from 15 July until 15 September 2014. At a level of 400 metres beneath the Hörnlihütte, we have constructed a campus able to accommodate 50 mountaineers to ensure that, even during the modernisation of the Hörnlihütte in the summer of 2014, you will continue to enjoy excellent access to the Matterhorn.

In order to protect the nature, camping and bivouacking is prohibited.

Service as usual in a special setting

To ensure smooth operation in this extraordinary setting, the concept has been based on the proven offerings and processes of the Hörnlihütte and will also be operated by the Hörnlihütte Team led by warden Kurt Lauber.


From concept through to operation

In arriving at the design for the Matterhorn Base Camp, the overriding premise was "Reduce, Reduce, Recycle". During implementation this amounted to an A-Z focus on the needs of our guests, guaranteeing the smooth functioning of the facility and, in particular, a detailed analysis of how to best dismantle and further use the lodges. The Flims-based architects Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch received the commission to design the Matterhorn Base Camp.


Facts & figures

  • Hirli 2,880 metres a.s.l.
  • Coordinates 619.500 / 093.100
  • 25 shelters each offering 2 sleeping places in the Temporary Alpin Shelter
  • Communal space / Eating
  • Hygiene (toilet, washing)
  • A Shelter accommodate 2 people. Mattresses and sleeping bags are provided
  • Cost: CHF 150.- per person incl. halfboard = dinner (without drinks) at 18:30, breakfast
  • No self catering availableno reduction without halfboard
  • No reductions or discounts
  • Internal sleeping bag mandatory
  • Camping prohibited

Making of Base Camp

#1 Basecamp from MH 150 on Vimeo.