alpha /æɫfə/ -phas [Greek alpha (άλφα), from the Phoenician aleph] 1. the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α, α) 2. the first in order of precedence 3. Astron. the brightest star in a constellation 4. the first version of a new software product that satisfies all the requirements and is distributed to internal testers   hütte /ˈhʏtə/ n. hütten [old high German hutta, from Indo-European *kudhia-, related with *(s)keu- “to cover”] 1. a little house or cabin of the plainest or crudest kind 2. mountain hut as those commonly found in European Alps   alphahutte n. [comb. of alpha and hütte] A. the Internet website dedicated to travel, outdoors, photography, science, technology, etc. B. the personal website of Andrea Busnelli


Matterhorn is without any doubt the most spectacular peak in the Alps. Located between Switzerland and Italy and famous for its particular shape that looks like a horn, it’s also one of the most climbed mountain-tops in the world. This review describes a very nice one-day trek that starts from Zermatt (in Switzerland’s Valais), reaches Hornlihutte where most of expeditions on Matterhorn depart and goes back to start point running through a valley lateral to the one where Zermatt lies.