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Fletschhorn: from Weissmiesshütte to Grübengletscher

Saas Fee

A unique traverse to enjoy the best of skiing

Ski Touring Moderate

9.5 km
1.4 km
1.5 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
4 km
Fletschhorn: from Weissmiesshütte to Grübengletscher Map

Fletschhorn is a surprisingly famous summit among mountaineers despite its lower altitude (3993m), preventing it from joining the club of 4000.


This is certainly due to the very impressive North Face of Fletschhorn, which endlessly attracts many steep skiers and alpinists...

But the less known normal route combined with the descent on Grübengletscher has nothing to envy to it.

The way up to the summit via the normal route (from Weissmiesshütte) is a nice alternative to avoid seracs exposure on the Grübengletscher (however, watch out for the steep and icy parts; some ice screws might be necessary).

Taking the way down on the Grübengletscher is definitely one of the most rewarding skiing descent you can make: offering a perfect slope (never too steep, never too flat, max 35-40°) between impressive crevasses and seracs, in a very long descent towards Saas Balen...



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between April and June


  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

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

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