Guidebook

Climb the Alpine Big 3 : Mont Blanc, Eiger & Matterhorn

The ultimate alpine trilogy to the summits of the 3 most famous mountains in Europe!

Description

All Alpine mountains are equal but these 3 are slightly more equal than the others - Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn is arguably the most recognisable mountain in the World, and the Eiger is home to the most feared face in Europe. If you ask mountaineers which 3 summits they'd like to climb in the Alps then "Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger" would likely be the answer. No matter where else you go and no matter what you do, climbing these 3 mountains is a lifetime achievement.

In this guidebook you'll find the "easy" (all things are relative) classic routes on the Eiger and Matterhorn, and then the 2 most popular routes on Mont Blanc. All 3 mountains have tougher routes on them but nonetheless the routes described here are all high altitude, serious affairs. Being caught on any of them in bad weather would be truly desperate, as would trying to tackle them when you lack the suitable skills and experience. Save these 3 peaks for when you've logged some mileage and are fully prepared to take on this epic trilogy.

If you want get prepared for this challenge, here are a couple of suggestions of guidebooks to launch your alpine climbing career!

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/342/saas-fee-classic-4000ers

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/242/chamonix's-classic-easier-mountaineering-routes

Approach to the Mittelegi Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Mittelegi Hut

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren
1.6 km
238 m
This hut approach is an alpine route in itself, to an amazing hut in an outrageous location
Difficult
Private
Eiger traverse - Mittelegi Ridge and S Ridge descent
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Eiger traverse - Mittelegi Ridge and S Ridge descent

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren
6.3 km
878 m
One of the very best routes in the Alps, on a legendary peak
Difficult
Private
Matterhorn, 4478m. Hörnli Ridge.
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Matterhorn, 4478m. Hörnli Ridge.

Cervinia
3.5 km
1,237 m
The least difficult route up the most famous mountain in the Alps, if not the world.
Difficult
Private
Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route

Chamonix
15.4 km
1,465 m
A huge day out through very complicated glacial terrain to the highest peak in Western Europe
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Goûter Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Goûter Hut

Chamonix
4.4 km
1,472 m
A significant day itself accessing the highest guardian-ed hut in France.
Moderate
Private
Mont Blanc, 4808m. Goûter Route.
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Blanc, 4808m. Goûter Route.

Chamonix
8.0 km
1,066 m
The most popular route up the highest peak in Western Europe.
Moderate
Private