Guidebook

Huge Peaks & Epic Views : Easy Swiss Alpine Climbs

Begin your alpine climbing career with these 10 beautiful Swiss peaks, all of which are glaciated but technically straightforward.

Description

Switzerland is home to more 4000 metre peaks than any other alpine country, and it's also got 408 mountains between 3000 and 4000 metres, making it the perfect country in which to learn the art of mountaineering.

In this guidebook you'll find a couple of 3000ers - the Wildstrubel (which is best done as a 2 day trip, as described here) and the Walcherhorn in the Bernese Oberland. If you tick those 2 off you'll be acclimatised, have some good experience in the bag and potentially be ready to tackle some 4000ers!

Once you start working your way through those mythical 4000 metre peaks, save the Monte Rosa and Mönch until last. The Monte Rosa is the highest peak of all those listed here, and the Mönch features the most exposed terrain of all of them, so it requires the most experience and skill. If you've worked your way safely through the other 8 peaks, both the Monte Rosa and Mönch represent logical challenges to push you a little further in your alpine climbing career. The journey to reaching those 2 peaks via the other 8 mountains described here is likely to be spectacular so enjoy every step and savour every summit!

The next big step once you've climbed these 10 peaks would be to do a big hut-to-hut alpine trip and for that, we've got just the guidebook!

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/1251/the-classic-spaghetti-tour-of-zermatt's-4000ers

Mönch South-east Ridge
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Mönch South-east Ridge

Bernese Oberland
5.0 km
637 m
A true classic up a staggeringly well positioned peak.
Difficult
Private
Walcherhorn from the Jungfraujoch
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Walcherhorn from the Jungfraujoch

Bernese Oberland
9.9 km
709 m
A straightforward, stunning peak in amongst the giants of the Bernese Oberland.
Easy
Private
Wildstrubel from the Gemmi Pass
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Wildstrubel from the Gemmi Pass

13.8 km
1,126 m
A tough summit day through some rugged (but incredibly) beautiful terrain.
Moderate
Private
Lammeren Hut to Unter dem Birg.
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Lammeren Hut to Unter dem Birg.

3 - 4 hrs
11.1 km
405 m
1,504 m
The second part of a wonderful traverse through the Western Bernese Alps.
Difficult
Private
Lagginhorn West Ridge
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Lagginhorn West Ridge

Saas Fee
6.6 km
1,004 m
A great one day trip to the summit of a gorgeous 4000er
Moderate
Private
Allalinhorn
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Allalinhorn

Saas Fee
4.5 km
580 m
Possibly the easiest 4000er in the Alps which enjoys spectacular views
Easy
Private
Weissmies, 4017m, from Hohsaas
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Weissmies, 4017m, from Hohsaas

Saas Fee
6.0 km
981 m
A very popular route to a relatively easy 4000m peak, also commonly climbed in the spring as a ski tour
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m
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Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
7.4 km
505 m
A brand new route to the hut, taking a beautiful but easy glacial mountain journey
Easy
Private
Monte Rosa, Dufourspitze, 4634m
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Monte Rosa, Dufourspitze, 4634m

10.4 km
1,685 m
A huge day to the second highest peak in Europe.
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Tracuit Hut
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Approach to the Tracuit Hut

3 - 4 hrs
6.9 km
1,546 m
0 m
A long, tough and incredibly scenic hike which is popular as a day tour, not just as an approach.
Difficult
Private
Bishorn North-west Flank
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Bishorn North-west Flank

9.3 km
913 m
A classic, easy alpine route which has some crevasse danger, particularly late in the summer.
Easy
Private