Allalinhorn, 4027m

Saas Fee

The Mischabel Range

One of the easier 4000m peaks in the Alps

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
4.4 km
Ascent
649 m
Descent
579 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
4 km
Gradient
40˚
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Allalinhorn, 4027m Map

Description

This is an ideal first day to warm up for the week. As 4000m peaks go it is relatively little effort and barely technical when in good condition. It can be a steady day out and back by the same route with amazing views of a large number of other 4000m peaks. The speedy and modern lift system at Saas Fee will take you well above 3000m to start your ski tour. Acclimatisation will play a big part in how long it will take you to get up the peak, and possibly how much you will enjoy it (!) You begin on a piste which then becomes a good skin track, taking you to the Feejoch col between your peak and the Feechopf peak. Above there you are on a broad ridge, sneaking round the back of the peak, before a gentle ridge doubles back to the summit cross. There may be quite a number of people with the same itinerary, but be vigilant as the route crosses a large number of crevasses, many of which will be invisible by mature snow bridges. Take care if venturing far from the existing tracks, especially when skiing down and carrying a bit more speed. But above all enjoy this wonderful day out with incredible views.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

February, March, April

Features

  • Alpine
  • Cliffs
  • Ski Safari
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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