Guidebook

Summit the Highest Peaks in the 4 Main Alpine Countries

A step by step guide to climbing France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria's highest peaks!

Description

For summit baggers, no mountain quite has the same appeal as the biggest one. There's something indefinable that draws us to the highest peak around, as attested to by the popularity of Everest, Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc. They might not be the most beautiful mountains around, but they're the highest and that gives them an appeal that lower peaks can't match.

This guidebook covers the highest peaks in the 4 main alpine countries - France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy - and provides an ambitious but achievable goal for mid-grade alpinists with a month or so available to climb. There are actually 5 peaks listed in here because it's not entirely clear which peak is Switzerland's tallest - The Dom is the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland but the Monte Rosa (which is partly in Italy) is slightly higher. Instead of choosing between them and making the judgement for you, we've put them both in and you can decide for yourselves. Alternatively, climb them both!

In addition to the Swiss peaks, there is the traverse of Mont Blanc, the classic route on Gran Paradiso, and the fabulous rocky scramble that is the Stüdlgrat on the Grossglockner - Austria's highest mountain. The 5 routes are primarily high altitude glacial treks but the sheer height and remoteness of the peaks mean that they deserve respect despite their relatively low technical grades. The Stüdlgrat is the only route in here which requires any "climbing" but it's also the lowest mountain in here so it makes a logical place to start on the process of ticking these peaks off.

So, with summer beckoning, get yourself to southern Austria and begin an epic roadtrip through the biggest peaks in the Alps!

Grossglockner Stüdlgrat
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grossglockner Stüdlgrat

11.2 km
978 m
The best line on Austria's highest mountain
Difficult
Private
Approach to the Stüdlhütte
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Stüdlhütte

1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
873 m
0 m
A gorgeous, wild hike to a famous hut.
Difficult
Private
Dom N Flank
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dom N Flank

The Mischabel Range
10.6 km
1,669 m
A long and impressive glacial journey to a remote summit, after a big hut approach the day before
Moderate
Private
Approach to Dom Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to Dom Hut

The Mischabel Range
3 - 4 hrs
5.4 km
1,528 m
0 m
A bruiser of a hut approach, but in a beautiful environment.
Severe
Private
Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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 Vittorio Emanuele Hut, 2735m
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Approach to the Vittorio Emanuele Hut, 2735m

Gran Paradiso
1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
765 m
0 m
A steep walk through a larch forest to the largest mountain hut in the area, serving the Gran Paradiso
Difficult
Private
Grand Paradiso, 4061m from Vittorio Emmanuele Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grand Paradiso, 4061m from Vittorio Emmanuele Hut

Gran Paradiso
9.1 km
1,282 m
A classic mountaineering day to the beautiful summit of the the only 4000m peak solely in Italy
Moderate
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