Guidebook

High, Wild and Handsome : Climb the Oberland 4000ers

Summit the legendary peaks of the Bernese Oberland and stay in some of Switzerland's finest mountain huts en route!

Description

Home to the largest glacier in the Alps and some of Europe's most famous mountains, the Bernese Oberland is the third part of the Alpine "Big 3" climbing areas alongside the Chamonix and Zermatt ranges. The area is home to 9 of the Alpine 4000ers and this guidebook contains all the information you need to climb 6 of them, as well as the relevant hut approaches.

Whereas many alpine climbs are done individually, the beauty of the Bernese Oberland is that you can link together multiple routes and summits to create a multi day adventure. The fact that any such adventure will take you to the extraordinarily beautiful high mountain huts of the Oberland only adds to the appeal.

The mountains described in here are all wild summits - none of them are little day routes and all of them are serious, high mountain adventures. The fact that you have to work for them means that they're generally quieter than many Alpine peaks, and all the more satisfying to climb.

We've also got you covered (with this guidebook to a 4 day Oberland glacier trek) if you want to get some acclimatisation in before attempting any 4000 metre peaks -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/12045/a-gorgeous-4-day-glacier-trek-through-the-bernese-alps

If, on the other hand, you've ticked off the 6 Bernese Oberland 4000ers in this guidebook and are wondering how to climb the remaining 3, then here is your answer -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/13173/eiger-jungfrau-and-more-:-climb-the-grindelwald-giants

That guidebook also contains a certain peak called The Eiger, which isn't quite a 4000ers but is pretty famous anyway!

So there you have - a 4 day warm up trek, all 9 of the Oberland 4000ers, and the Eiger as the cherry on top.

Get ready for a summer of adventure in Central Switzerland!

Jungfraujoch to the Konkordia Hut
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Jungfraujoch to the Konkordia Hut

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren
8.0 km
155 m
A physically easy (ish) start to a high mountain adventure.
Easy
Private
Konkordia Hut to Finsteraarhorn Hut
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Konkordia Hut to Finsteraarhorn Hut

Bernese Oberland
5.7 km
673 m
A high altitude glacial journey which will provide good acclimatisation
Easy
Private
Gross Grünhorn, SW Ridge
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Gross Grünhorn, SW Ridge

Bernese Oberland
9.6 km
1,563 m
A lovely journey up a classic ridge, taking in the Grünegghorn on the way
Moderate
Private
Gross and Hinter Fiescherhorns from the Finsteraarhorn Hut
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Gross and Hinter Fiescherhorns from the Finsteraarhorn Hut

Bernese Oberland
12.7 km
1,220 m
Two summits of 4000m that can easily be combined in a single outing.
Moderate
Private
Hinter and Grosser Fiescherhorns from Mönchsjoch Hut
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Hinter and Grosser Fiescherhorns from Mönchsjoch Hut

Bernese Oberland
12.5 km
1,154 m
A high altitude glacial journey, to a steep col, then 2 quickly accessed 4000m peaks
Moderate
Private
Finsteraarhorn, SW Flank and N Ridge
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Finsteraarhorn, SW Flank and N Ridge

Bernese Oberland
5.7 km
1,200 m
A mega-classic route up the highest peak in the area
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Oberalestch Hut
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Approach to the Oberalestch Hut

3 - 4 hrs
9.8 km
899 m
360 m
A lift-assisted walk, finishing up a balcony path high above the Oberaletsch glacier
Difficult
Private
Aletschhorn SW Ridge
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Aletschhorn SW Ridge

10.5 km
1,818 m
A big day out from a low hut to high summit with magnificent views
Difficult
Private
Approach to the Aar Bivouac Hut
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Approach to the Aar Bivouac Hut

16.8 km
1,187 m
A massive flog or a long and wild journey, according to your take on it!
Easy
Private
Lauteraarhorn S Couloir
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Lauteraarhorn S Couloir

Bernese Oberland
8.2 km
1,362 m
A steep snow climb and exposed ridge on good rock to one of the remotest 4000m peaks
Difficult
Private