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BaseCamp Stories

Exciting, interesting and entertaining – we are happy to share our stories, adventures and experiences with you. Each of the 27 rooms in the BaseCamp hotel has its own story, which is closely connected with us and our families. A few BaseCamp stories from our book for you.

Life on a thread


In the early summer of 1998, Nobu (name changed) from Japan wanted to climb the Matterhorn with me. Nobu was athletic, agile and fit. The sky was blue, the weather was clear and it promised to be a nice problem-free mountain tour.

And so it was, at first. We had already reached the summit after 3 hours, we were on our way back down to the Hörnlihut. In the traverse at "Faulen Egg" there were some snow passages, so we had to wear crampons. Everything went according to plan. Maybe it was just going too well... Suddenly Nobu got his crampons tangled in the straps. He stumbled! I had him on the short rope. He fell headfirst into a snowfield, on the east face. If he would slide down the whole east face, I would have gone with him willy-nilly. And it would have been our last tour ever, 600 meters down, with stop Furggletscher. Nobu did not fall very deep, but he threatened to slide down more and more...

Expedition with many obstacles

"AMA DABLAM" Room 12

Our Matterhorn is of course unique! Nevertheless, there are a few mountains in the world that look similar to our "Horu", and so an great idea was born almost 25 years ago:

In spring 1994, the Four-Matterhorn-Expedition was born. Fourteen Zermatt mountain guides wanted to climb the four of the most beautiful peaks in the world within two years. Of course, each of us had already climbed the Matterhorn itself, now three mountains should follow that visually ressemblance our obelisk: The Alpamayo in Peru, the Assiniboine in Canada and the Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.

I was still a aspirant guide at that time, but got the "ok" from our expedition leader. Our first destination was Nepal, the Ama Dablam, 6814m high, also called the "Matterhorn of Nepal". It was my first big trip abroad and it should last four weeks. Never before I had climbed mountains on another continent. Our first stop was Kathmandu, a chaotic city in Nepal with nearly one million inhabitants, exotic and foreign.

Thomas "Turbo" Zumtaugwald and I shared the same room, and we wanted for sure explore this city, before leaving the next day to Lukla. Because of the Maoist uprising, there was a curfew in Kathmandu, but we didn‘t know! Turbo and I rushed into the city and already after a short time we got lost. We ate something somewhere, which can have bad consequences in Nepal, and of course it did. It was already rumbling in Turbo's stomach when we located a rickshaw that could have taken us back to the hotel. But the rickshaw driver shook his head: "No, no curfew! Forbidden!".…

A tragedy with a happy end


I associate a very special memory with the Tête Blanche (3724m), because without the events around this mountain in spring 2000, I might never have met my husband Richard.

The Patrouille des Glaciers, the world's largest and highest ski mountaineering race, was about to take place and some participants were training around this area. All fourteen ski mountaineers, a group of 12 and a team of 2, who were on this training tour found themselves in precarious situation of emergency that day.

I was working at the Valais Rescue Center in Sierre (144) at that time. I received a call from the 2-persons team. Nicola and Daniel were exhausted and emotionally at their wits' end.

The weather had changed and a foehn storm in the area of the Tête Blanche did not allow them to move a meter. Everything around them was white: fog, snow and storm. Orientation was no longer possible. Moreover, they had prepared for nice weather, their equipment and the material was too light. I begged them to: "Stay where you are! Dig a hole where you can protect yourselves from wind and cold! Wait there for rescue!" I organized an Air Zermatt rescue team, which immediately set off. However, the helicopter could not get directly to Nicola and Daniel because of the storm. The mountain rescuers, consisting of two teams of two guides, were dropped off above the Schönbielhütte and continued by foot.

During the rescue, I had radio contact with the mountain guide Richard Lehner, one of the four rescuers, as well as a connection with Nicola and Daniel. It was the first time I spoke to my future husband. Who could have guessed it?...

You wonder how the stories will end?
During your stay with us at BaseCamp you will find out.

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