Once 600 participants are reached (in that case, requests are accepted based on the registration order)
The first edition of this Ultratrail is scheduled for the 15 July 2022 !
The first edition of the Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race is planned for 15 July, 2022 at Breuil-Cervinia (168 km, 13130 m D+).
The Cervino Matterhorn Ultra Race route follows broadly that of the Tour del Cervino, a trail that all the top trekkers dream to follow at least once in their life, for its outstanding panoramas, and which succession of passes and valleys will leave the trailer with the deep and lasting impression of being alone at the heart of the mountains.
The ring-shaped route surrounds the Matterhorn, clockwise : starting from Cervinia, the trailers will discover first the Italian valleys, then the ones along the Swiss flank of the mountain.
This is a complex route, over highly technical terrain, in conditions that can sometimes turn out to be very difficult. The average altitude is 2380 m and the route includes no less then seven passes over 2800 m high, three of which are above 3000 m. The route will lead the runners through nearly all types of mountain terrains: mule tracks, paths, rocky track, via ferrata and glacier. An excellent preparation, under all points of view, is required from whoever wishes to take part: you’ll need to be at the top as far as equipment, clothing, food supplies and, of course, physical condition are concerned. But with its outstanding landscapes, the route will offer you ample reward, as well as unforgettable moments and emotions!
Starting from Breuil-Cervinia, in direction of the Matterhorn, the route follows the "Matterhorn balcony", a particularly panoramic false flat path along the Grandes Murailles mountain range, crossing several moraines and torrents, before reaching the Fenêtre de Cignana pass.
Then it takes the trailer down to the mountain pasture below, from where you can admire the Cignana artificial lake, before climbing up to the Perucca-Vuillermoz refuge.
A short, steep and technical climb leads to the Valcornière pass (3066 m): rod steps and chains help to cross safely the most difficult stages. After a steep passage downwards on a landslide, the route crosses a rough rocky strip. After reaching the scree, cairns mark the route. Here too, chains have been fixed to make climbing down easier and safe. The steep slope becomes more gentle when the trailer reaches the small torrent running down the valley. Following its right bank, along path n. 12, you reach the Place Moulin dam, on the territory of Bionaz. At the very extremity of the lake, on a small promontory, you can see the Prarayer refuge: built at the end of the 20th century as a hotel ad abandoned after WW2, it is now fully restored.
Going towards the valley, over the nearly flat dirt road that runs at half-coast along the lake, the route takes, on the right-hand side, the path that leads to the mountain pasture of Oren. It goes by it, then through some blocks of rocks and screes, before reaching the small valley of the Collon pass and up to the Collon-Nacamuli refuge, that belongs to the Italian Alpine Club-C.A.I. (2830 m high).
From the refuge, you reach the Collon pass, that leads to the Swiss valley of Arolla through the glacier of the same name, that you won’t be able to see before crossing the small valley of the pass and reaching the "real" Collon pass, which remains hidden throughout the climb from the refuge.
As the picture shows, the glacier that used to spread much further has now left behind an imposing stretch of stones, a sad testimony of its slow but inexorable withdrawal, due to the climate change.
The route now crosses the torrent and some moraines to start climbing, from a height of 2089 m. From there, it follows the path heading for Arolla, before branching on to another path, leading downwards to Les Haudères. The track climbing to the Torrent pass leads to an exceptional postcard-like site, where the landscape reveals several small high altitude lakes, the realm of marmots and of the unavoidable cows grazing the mountain pastures, with a splendid view on the peaks of Pigne d’Arolla and Visivi. From there, it climbs (800 m d+) to the Sorebois pass, that can be reached by cable car. The view from there stretches on an outstanding panorama.
After crossing the high mountain pastures of Nava and La Barneuza, a forest crossed by large paths at 2424 m above sea level, the trailer gets a clear view of the mountain range known as the "imperial crown", behind which, for the first time, you can see the Matterhorn again. Following the signs painted on stones – a yellow « Z » – in the direction of Alpe Chiesso, you reach the route of the Sierre-Zinal race, and then the Weisshorn hotel, where you can take a break and taste a well-deserved Siervoise, a typical flavoured beer. From there, a carefully signed path leads to the Meid pass, from which the view can take in all the highest peaks of Switzerland, a unique sight. Then the route goes down again towards Oberems, and the Schwarzhorn hotel. The path starts to climb again to reach the Augstbord pass. There, you will definitely feel you enter a new dimension. No more green pastures or forests as on the western side of the mountain: they seem to have disappeared, leaving place to a moony landscape of rocks that stretches on for kilometres. This may be the toughest part of the trail, but it’s also probably the one that will most remain printed in the memories: this thirty km-long stretch of rocks of all shapes and sizes, to cross under the frozen look of an endless range of over-3000 m-high peaks, with tongue-twisting names, standing like motionless sentries...
Descending on the valley floor you reach Jungen and St. Niklaus.
After crossing the village go up on the other side and continue halfway up to the Europahütte hut and then, and quickly reaches the Charles Kuonen Hängebrücke, the longest suspended pedestrian bridge in the world. Inaugurated in 2017, it is 494 m long and crossing the precipice will speed up anybody’s pulse!
For 21 km, the route now follows a quite panoramic half-coast path, that leads to Zermatt (1600 m), and then follows the Bahnhofstrasse, its main street, with its lively boutiques, hotels and restaurants. Leaving this delightful Swiss city, at the foot of the Matterhorn, the last climb begins towards the Plateau Rosa glacier, to reach Trockner Steg first, the cable car bottom station, then the Theodule pass (3317 m) and the Theodule refuge. Time to give a last glance from high up at the Matterhorn! From there, after crossing the glacier, the route goes down on the Cervinia ski slopes and hardly any problem can be expected from then on, even in difficult conditions.