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High, Long and Serious : Traverse 5 Tough Alpine 4000ers

The hardest traverses on the biggest and wildest peaks - this is about as serious as it gets in the Alps.

Alpine Climbing, Hiking Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Severe, Extreme

Also in Bern, SwitzerlandValais, Switzerland

Dôme de Rochefort
Dôme de Rochefort Photo: Masa Sakano


Climbing an alpine 4000er is always a serious business thanks to altitude, technical difficulty, glacial travel and changeable conditions. There are 82 4000ers and if you've only climbed 1 then you deserve a pat on the back but if you tick some or all of the routes in the guidebook then you deserve a round of applause! These are meaty routes by any standard.

Some of the routes in here require huge approaches before you even reach a glacier and others, such as the Grand Jorasses traverse, also involve a tough descent too. Suffice to say that in addition to climbing these routes, simply getting to and from them represents a major challenge.

If this all sounds a little bit beyond you then here's our suggestions for some slightly easier 4000er traversing options -


So if you've served your alpine apprenticeship and are ready to tackle some of the toughest challenges the Alps have to offer, here is your readymade ticklist!

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