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Climb Switzerland's 10 Highest Peaks!

The 10 biggest mountains in the most 4000er-dense Alpine country, plus a couple of "bonus" summits en route.

Alpine Climbing, Hiking Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Severe

Also in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, ItalyVercelli, ItalyValais, Switzerland

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Castor summit, looking N Photo: taquiman

Description

Switzerland is home to more than half of the 82 Alpine 4000 metre peaks, and there's no question that it is the best country in Europe for peak baggers. Some of the mountains there are legendary - think the Matterhorn, Eiger, Monte Rosa and Jungfrau - whereas others, such as the Zinal Rothorn, are slightly less known but equally deserving of attention.

In here you'll find everything you'll need to climb the 10 highest mountains in the country, plus a couple of nice little bonus summits too. The 2 bonus summits are also 4000ers (Castor and the Breithorn) and lie en route to the hut from which you climb Lyskamm and Monte Rosa.

The logical place to start on this list is with the Finsteraarhorn because even getting to the peak involves 2 glacier treks and 2 nights in mountain huts so you should be acclimatised enough to summit by the time you're in position. Once that acclimatisation is in the bag, the Dent Blanche and Grand Combin are good next stops, and then it's on to the Zermatt and Saas Fee area to get started on the legendary peaks in that region.

In case it isn't immediately obvious, working through this guidebook is a huge undertaking requiring skill, fitness, acclimatisation and a healthy dose of luck with weather and conditions. Don't expect to be done with this lot within a month - consider it a long term project and enjoy the journey!

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