Matterhorn Paragliding offers the highest flights in Switzerland. Our team of highly qualified, professional and friendly pilots looks forward to flying you in front of the Matterhorn and make sure you will have the experience of a lifetime.

Ready to tick off your bucket list? Let us take you flying!

Matterhorn Paragliding is a 2023 Traveler’s Choice Award Winner

 

paragliding Flight Options

The Adventurer

Riffelberg or Blauherd
(summer only)
190 CHF Per Person
  • Take off altitude 2600m
  • Flight time 15-20 min
  • Popular introductory flight

The Spectacular

Rothorn
(possible all year)
240 CHF Per Person
  • Take off altitude 3100m
  • Flight time 20-25 min
  • Most booked high flight

The Ultimate

Klein Matterhorn
(possible all year when conditions allow)
460 CHF Per Person - Including photos & videos
  • Take off altitude 3800m
  • Flight time 30-35 min
  • Highest take off in Europe

Prices are per person per flight. Travel cost to take off is not included.

Stunning photo & video package is an optional extra cost of 40chf (package already included in the Ultimate flight).

Cash, all major credit cards and Twint accepted as payments.

All flights must be payed in advance.

can't wait to fly?

Photo & Video Package
40.- CHF

What you will get...

Your pilot will be taking photos and videos from start to finish with the newest GoPro hero 10.

You can purchase the footage for 40.00 CHF by pre ordering or paying after your flight - the photos and videos can be uploaded onto your phone straight after landing.

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Reviews

Hugh Smith Haynie
@smith haynie
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5 STARS
Alan and his team at Matterhorn Paragliding are the absolute best. I highly recommend them without hesitation. Easily, one of the best experiences of my life. Judge Hugh Smith Haynie

Date of experience: February 2024

Jooce
@j00cet
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! 10/10 experience
incredible experience with our instructors alan and alex!! we enjoyed it very much and it was definitely the highlight of our switzerland trip 🔥🔥 the pilots are very experienced and passionate, and they made us feel very comfortable flying up in the air!! the photos & videos taken on the gopro were excellent too. communication before the ride (location, meeting time, clarifying questions) was very smooth too 👍 would recommend this!!! we went for ‘the Spectacular’ ride and had a great view of the matterhorn & many other mountains 🙂

Date of experience: June 2023

Aryana K
@aryanak2023
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Amazing Experience Paragliding
Great experience paragliding in Zermatt! Matterhorn Paragliding was fantastic to work with and I had the an unforgettable experience. The weather was poor the day of my reservation, so the company had to reschedule but worked very hard to find a time that worked to still fly. They were very accommodating, flexible, and communicative during the whole thing and let me stay in the air longer to make up for the change. My pilot was amazing and made me feel safe the whole time. Highly recommend this experience and company! Also recommend purchasing the photos, defiantly worth it!

Date of experience: March 2023

Laura
@LauraA339
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best paraglide company!
We were on ski trip and saw many having a paraglide experience that looked amazing so I called this company to get more information. From the moment I started talking with owner/wife Larissa, she completely sold me on this experience for my teenage daughter who wanted to try it. Larissa was no pressure sales but explained their safety protocols to alleviate my concerns and made a flawless easy booking for the next day before we left town. She told me my daughter would fly with the owner/husband Alan. What a terrific guy! He also reassured me with all the safety protocols for wind, weather, landing etc and told me where I could meet up where they landed. His customer service with over 4000 flight experience is the best and shows up by the huge smile on my daughters face from this experience- we just had to order up the go pro photos also of her and Matterhorn! You will not be disappointed with this company! Book it!

Date of experience: January 2023

Beatriz
@Bcastro83
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The Cherry on Top of a Fantastic Trip!
We were trying to make our Zermatt trip a memorable one, and the cherry on top of a fantastic trip was definitely flying with these guys! Bruce and Alan were beyond fantastic! Super friendly and gave us clear and simple instructions, being careful not to overwhelm us with directions. They took all the precautions and made sure we understood everything even doing test runs. The views were just amazing, and the whole experience breathtaking. Cant wait to go back and this time fly from our beloved Matterhorn. Thank you guys keep it up! I will treasure this forever.

Date of experience: August 2022

Song Choon
@songchoon
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VIP Flying Experience
The best experience we have had in Zermatt, from the initial communication with Larissa to find out more, all the way to our flight with Alan, Bruno and Bruce. Booking was hassle-free. Larissa left us with an extremely good first impression of this company that we were flying with. She was very welcoming and patient with all our queries. There was also whatsapp follow-up to ensure that we didn't forget the important details. On flight day, we connected with our pilots, Alan, Bruno, and Bruce.They were extremely friendly, funny, and professional. They made us feel very at ease despite the initial jitters we were experiencing. They were very reassuring, and gave us in-depth walkthrough of everything to expect. Safety was definitely top priority for them. The flight was nothing short of spectacular. The views were incredible, and our pilots gave us an overview of the different peaks and some fun history of the place during the flight. The photos and videos taken during the flight was also beautiful!

Thank you to the whole team for the VIP treatment!!

Date of experience: July 2022

Trevor
@Venture38549595552
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Amazing flight
My son and me had an unforgetable experience with the pilots, Alan and Bruce, from Matterhorn Paragliding. They made us feel confortable during the flight, keeping us gliding as long as possible, sharing with us the sights from up above Zermatt. Not forgeting Larrisa, who accommodated our changes.I highly recommend flying with this team. - Trevor

Date of experience: June 2022

Brian
@briansC7580TI
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Amazing flight
I reached out to them on a whim and they responded quickly and provided all of the necessary planning information. Alan was an amazing pilot and made the experience easy. Would absolutely recommend to anyone considering. The views of the glaciers and the Matterhorn were truly breathtaking.

I flew towards the end of May.

Date of experience: Mai 2022

Richard
@rgoold
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An amazing paragliding experience - 5*
We had an amazing time with Alan and Bruce on Tuesday afternoon. They made the whole experience so enjoyable! Their knowledge of the best time to go certainly paid off and we are so pleased that we didn’t leave it until later in the week when the weather was not so good. Once you have taken off, the views are second to none and any nerves subsided pretty quickly. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! I would definitely recommend Matterhorn Paragliding if you want to create amazing memories and in the safety of knowledgeable and caring instructors. The GoPro video and photos are an absolute must too.

Date of experience: April 2022

Kevin Blaine
@CASoloTraveler
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just amazing

WHAT AN AWESOME TIME!!!

If you want a personalized experience with paragliding professionals Matterhorn Paragliding is the service for you! Alan, Larissa and Bruce were so accommodating and FUN!

Date of experience: March 2022

John
@johnmdds
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Awesome experience with Alan!

I flew with my two daughters, age 20 and 22.

Alan took great care of us. We had to postpone our first two flights because of High winds. Alan was more interested in our comfort and safety then he was collecting our money.

We finally got to fly the morning of our departure from Zermatt. Alan helped make this possible by arranging the required COVID-19 testing that we would’ve had to have done in Geneva.

He really went above and beyond, and we thoroughly enjoyed our flight! Highly recommended. It was a highlight of our trip to Switzerland!

Date of experience: August 2021

JCP
@JPAdventures124
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Amazing experience
My 13 year old son took a flight with Alan and loved it. He felt really safe, Alan was great, very friendly and took lots of photos and videos with the go pro. The views were amazing. We as parents were well informed by Alan and had complete confidence in him. If you are not flying too then you can watch the flight from the landing area. An amazing experience, highly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2020

Jenna C
@jennacZ3109WN
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Best experience ever!!

Paragliding with Alan was a once in a lifetime experience. I was very nervous and he was very calming through the whole thing. He made me feel very safe and explained everything to make me feel more at ease. He even put up with my nervous/excited screamingly on take off. I would thoroughly recommend you to take a flight with Alan. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and the views were amazing. You will never see the Swiss Alps in a better way. I will cherish my pictures and memories forever. Thank you Alan.

Date of experience: January 2020

Blair C
@blairchen98
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One of the best journey in my life

The flight with Alan today is simply amazing and fun! He is super friendly and professional. Everything is smooth and steady. He told me all about the glaciers as well as the mountains. HE IS THE BEST PILOT IVE EVER MET. In addition, the view is breathtaking up there and is more than words can tell.

Date of experience: May 2019

Ralf S
@Ralf S
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Great experience of paragliding together with Alan

Amazing experience! Alan starts by explaining step-by-step what's going to happen. You feel completely safe and comfortable. Besides having a lot of fun together with Alan, everything went perfect! I would really commend him if you want to go paragliding in Zermatt!

Date of experience: March 2019

Sandy S
@SandyS9698
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Awesome experience!!

Paraglide jump made for the first time and what an experience that was! I thought it was pretty exciting but Alan is great. He tells you exactly what you must do and what will happen. He is very calm and puts you at ease. Along the way he asks you what you want and what you don't and gives you information about the area. We had a lot of fun. It was amazing!! I can definitely recommend Alan if you want to go paragliding.

Date of experience: March 2019

Lara
@lara_travelling
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Awesome experience!!

I loved paragliding with Alan, he is such a fun guy! His long experience in Paragliding made me feel very safe. I even said yes to the "rollercoaster" as Alan calls it - and loved it!

The view of the Matterhorn and Zermatt during the flight is stunning. Great view, fun pilot, one of the best experiences I ever had.

If I ever get to chance to go back to Zermatt, I will go Paragliding with Alan again for sure!

Date of experience: December 2018

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About us

Matterhorn Paragliding is a family run business.

After flying solo for many years, Alan decided to follow his dreams and become a tandem pilot in 2011.

That way, he could share his passion with other people!

2016 Alan and Larissa started their own business – Matterhorn Paragliding

our Team

Alan Kirkbride portrait
Alan David Kirkbride

Manager and owner of Matterhorn Paragliding

 

Flying solo since 2009 and is a tandem pilot since 2011

Alan is originally from York (UK) and lives in Zermatt since 2007, where he married his wife Larissa

 

Languages: english and german

Larissa Kirkbride portrait
Larissa Kirkbride

Co-Manager of Matterhorn Paragliding

She manages all admin and the Office

 

Larissa was born and raised in Zermatt where she now lives with her husband Alan and their son

 

Languages: german, english, french and spanish

Bruce Bolt portrait
Bruce Bolt

Tandem Pilot for Matterhorn Paragliding

 

Flying solo since 2003 and is a tandem pilot since 2011

Bruce is from England and has been living in France most his life. In 2021 he moved to Zermatt

 

Languages: french, english and german

Joel Fuchs portrait
joel fuchs

Tandem Pilot for Matterhorn Paragliding


Flying solo since 2014 and is a tandem pilot since 2018

Joel is half swiss, half canadian and has lived in Zermatt all his life


Languages: german, english and french

Norbert Portrait
NORBERT JAQUET

Tandem Pilot for Matterhorn Paragliding


Flying solo since 2012 and is a tandem pilot since 2018

Norbert is swiss and lives in Neuchâtel, where he has his own paragliding school since 2021


Languages: french and english

Yanick Portrait
yanick gentil

Tandem Pilot for Matterhorn Paragliding


Flying solo since 2011 and is a tandem pilot since 2013

Yanick is swiss and lives in the Pyrénées – when he is not in Zermatt


Languages: french, english and spanish

Alex portrait
Alex Ribeiro

Freelance Pilot

 

Flying solo since 2010 and is a tandem pilot since 2014

Alex is from Portugal and lives in Zermatt since 2000

 

Languages: portuguese, german and english

Come and visit our office on the main street: we are located inside the Glacier Sport Shop on Bahnhofstrasse 19, downstairs.

We are open daily from 9am until 7pm – unless we are out to fly!

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How do I book a flight?
  1. Fill in the online booking form (alternatively come to our office or whatsapp / call - details see below)
  2. We will get back to you with possible flight options, times and payment
  3. You will receive the final confirmation 3 days prior to your flight
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    1. Fill in the online booking form for vouchers
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      FAQs

      Will I see the Matterhorn?

      The Matterhorn is in full view from all take offs and during the flight. Occasionally the clouds may block the view of the mountain. But we try to get the best view possible of the Matterhorn and its surrounding mountains.

      Is it safe?
      As any sports it has its small risks. Our pilots are fully trained and licensed by the Swiss paragliding association (SHV). 
      Many years of local and international experience guarantee the high standards of safety.
      Matterhorn Paragliding monitors the weather and wind conditions before every flight to maximize safety. If conditions are not optimal, the flight will be rescheduled or cancelled due to safety reasons.
      How does it work?
      Once your booking is confirmed, we will let you know where to meet your pilot(s). We can also assist you purchasing the one-way ticket to take off if you don't have one yet. 
      From there, you will ride the lift to your take off together with your pilot(s). After a short safety briefing on how to take off, you'll be getting ready with the appropriate equipment. 
      After this, a few quick steps and you'll be in the air.
      How long does it take?
      Generally from meeting in our shop in town until you land back in Zermatt, it takes around 1 1/2 hours.
      What do I need to bring?
      We will provide you with a helmet, gloves and a flight suit if required. Please wear mountain boots or training shoes and your own sunglasses. 
      Small backpacks are okay if you are already on the mountain - please no heavy or bulky luggage. This can be stored in our shop during your flight.
      How can I book a flight?
      You can book a flight with Matterhorn Paragliding in the way that suits you best. You can book directly on this webpage or call / whatsapp (+41 77 489 59 16).
      How do I pay?
      Matterhorn Paragliding accepts credit card payment, cash (swiss francs, euros, US dollars) or twint. 
      All flights must be paid in advance. 
      What is the cancellation policy?
      For cancellations less then 48 hours before the scheduled flighttime, no refund will be given. 
       
      Groups of 4 and more require 72 hours advance notice for a full refund.  
       
      A handling fee of 10.- CHF per person will be charged in any case. 
       
      There are no refunds for no-shows, late arrivals or early departures unless prior arrangement has been made. 
      What if the weather is bad?
      If you already payed and due to weather conditions you can't fly, your money will be fully reimbursed. 
      It is recommended to book your flight in the beginning of your stay so there is enough time to reschedule if needed and you get to fly. 
      If you are already on take off and the weather / wind changes, sometimes we have to wait a little for the weather / wind / clouds to clear until it is safe to fly. 
      Where is the Matterhorn Paragliding office?

      Our office is located on the main street: Bahnhofstrasse 19, inside the Glacier Sport shop downstairs.

      Come and see us daily from 5 - 7pm.

      Is it scary?
      Some people can be intimidated by the take off. If you follow your pilots instructions carefully, there shouldn't be any problems. 
      The take offs are from gentle downhill slopes. There is no free fall, no jumping out of airplanes or jumping off cliffs. 
      Your pilot will explain everything as simply as possible to make you feel comfortable and enjoy the flight.
      Am I too old to fly?
      We do have an age restriction of 60 years in winter and 65 years in summer
      If you are older then our age limit please get in touch to discuss possibilities
      Are there any physical limits?
      You don't need to be sporty to paraglide, the entire flight is sat down. However for take off you'll be required to take a few quick steps. 
      Depending on time of year, we have different weight limits:
      In Winter the maximum weight for women is 80kg and men 90kg. 
      In Summertime the weightlimit is 90kg for women and 100kg for men. 
       
      We prefer light and sporty passengers for the first flight of the day
      Is the lift ticket included in the flight price?

      All flight prices are without the lift pass. As a passenger, you only need to buy a one-way ticket to take off.

      With the SwissPass or Halftax card, you get 50% off the ticket price.

      Have another question?

      Fill in the form below along with your question and we will get back to you as soon as possible.




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