Strahlhorn, 4190m, from Britannia Hut.

Saas Fee

The Mischabel Range

A long journey up a relatively straightforward snowy peak, popular in the spring too.

Alpine Climbing Moderate

Distance
15 km
Ascent
1.4 km
Descent
1.4 km
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
4.2 km
Gradient
19˚
VIEW ON MAP
Strahlhorn, 4190m, from Britannia Hut. Map

Description

From the hut follow the path descending SW beneath the rocky buttress of the Hinter Allalin ridge to get onto the Hohlaub Glacier. Go SSW across the Hohlaub Glacier passing under point 3150m to gain the Allalin Glacier. Follow the R side of the glacier SW under the large cliffs to your R, negotiating your way round the crevasses, before the angle eases off around 3250m. The route now heads L slightly, SW, avoiding a crevassed area beneath the Rimpfischhorn and climbs normally without undue difficulty to the Adlerpass, 3789m.

From here, now suddenly with amazing views of the Zermatt giants, you follow the snowy ridge to the summit. It passes a fore-summit at 3954m, where the slopes become wider. Continue to the summit, which is a short rocky ridge, either via point 4128m, or via snowy slopes on the NW side. Descent is the same in reverse.

Difficulty

Moderate

May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The route features some exposed and/or difficult to protect sections.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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