Although a serious alpine climbing route in its own right, the Hörnli ridge (1,220 m, AD III) of the Matterhorn is the "voie normale" that most climbers use to reach the summit.[1]

A normal route or normal way (French: voie normale; German: Normalweg) is the most frequently used climbing route for ascending and descending a given mountain peak; it is usually the easiest and often the most straightforward route.[2][3] Other generic names include the tourist route, and some climbing routes have specific 'normal route' names such as the "Yak Route" on Mount Everest.[4]


  1. ^ "Cervin". (in French). 2023. Retrieved 8 September 2023. Arête du Hörnli (voie normale suisse)
  2. ^ Hartemann, Frederic; Hauptman, Robert (2005-06-15). The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A to Z Compendium of Over 2,250 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 9781461703310.
  3. ^ Perkins, Andy (2011-03-07). "BMG Route Card: Voie Normale - Piz Buin". UKClimbing. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  4. ^ Musa, Ghazali; Higham, James; Thompson-Carr, Anna (2015-06-05). Mountaineering Tourism. Routledge. p. 52. ISBN 9781317668749.