Bernese Oberland Tour: Louwihorn to Konkordia Hut

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren

Bernese Oberland

Day 1: The amazing Jungfraujoch railway accessing the biggest glaciated area in Europe and our first ski peak on the way to the hut.

Also in Bern, Switzerland

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
12 km
Ascent
605 m
Descent
1.3 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.8 km
Gradient
34˚
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Bernese Oberland Tour: Louwihorn to Konkordia Hut Map

Description

Whilst it is possible to come into the Oberland by other means this is by far the simplest, quickest and least effort. The railway itself is a historic journey itself through the very heart of the Eiger. You can get out of the train at various points and look through windows onto the N Face of the Eiger, before eventually arriving at the Jungfraujoch, which is our access point onto the glaciers. The highly commercialised top station of the railway is quickly left behind you as you exit onto the Jungfrafirn glacier. Our peak for the day is the Louwihorn, 3773m. Initially you ski gently down in an arc to the S to about 3250m, before putting on skins. It is a relatively short and gentle skin of about 500m ascent, but it is hard enough as you are probably arriving unacclimatised. It is a small peak that lies on a ridge to the S of the mighty Jungfrau, 4158m. The descent is beautiful open slopes to the SE, keeping close to the steep slopes of Kranzberg to your L. It flattens off towards Konkordiaplatz, followed by a long climb up ladders to the Konkordia Hut, 2850m

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

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

March, April, May, June

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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