Guidebook

Classic Mid-Grade Traverses on the Alpine 4000ers

Going up and down a famous 4000er is great - going over the top of it and then climbing another is even better!

Description

All alpine climbs are adventures and you will never get to the end of a day on a 4000er and feel that everything went as you'd expected. Huge glaciers, variable rock and changing weather make any trip into the high alpine environment an adventurous experience, but nothing feels as committing and exciting as traversing a peak. Never is the old adage that, "the summit is halfway", more true than on a major alpine traverse.

In here you'll find some classic alpine journeys, some taking to you "only" one 4000er, others sending you over multiple peaks. None of the routes are technically hard but all are serious and wild. You'll need to be fit, acclimatised and experienced to tackle any of these, and you'll also need conditions and weather to be working in your favour as well.

Having completed these routes you'll be fit and ready for a bigger challenge, and there's no longer challenge in the Alps than the Royal Traverse of Mont Blanc -

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With that in the bag, you really are ready for anything, and you won't struggle to find suitable challenges to push you even further in the Alps!

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

Approach to the Mischabel Hut

Saas Fee
2 - 3 hrs
3.9 km
1,059 m
66 m
A very steep walk, luckily made shorter by the lift from Saas Fee
Extreme
Private
Lenzspitze Nadelhorn Traverse
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Lenzspitze Nadelhorn Traverse

Saas Fee
5.5 km
1,006 m
A great route traversing two 4000m peaks, with excellent rock towards the summit of the Nadelhorn
Difficult
Private
Approch to the Bordier Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approch to the Bordier Hut

The Mischabel Range
6.9 km
1,270 m
A remote walk into a small hut, crossing a dry glacier
Easy
Private
Nadelgrat Traverse
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Nadelgrat Traverse

The Mischabel Range
10.8 km
1,626 m
A classic 4000m voyage ticking off 4 summits in day, each one higher than the previous
Difficult
Private
Traverse of the Breithorn
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Traverse of the Breithorn

5.5 km
678 m
One of the best easier 4000m ridge traverses in the Alps
Difficult
Private
Approach to the Rossi e Volante Bivouac Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Rossi e Volante Bivouac Hut

Cervinia
3.8 km
191 m
A simple but beautiful glacial journey
Easy
Private