Guidebook

5 Gorgeous 3000m Peaks in the Swiss Alps

Low altitude glaciated adventures across various beautiful Swiss mountain ranges.

Description

Switzerland is best known for its dense collection of 4000 mete peaks, but some of the finest mountains in the country don't quite make it to that magical 4000 mark. In fact, one of Switzerland's most famous mountains - the Eiger - isn't a 4000er (although at 3967m, it's pretty close!)

We figured that those "lesser" (in terms of height, not quality) mountains deserved a little more love, so here are 5 of the best of them, all nicely presented and with all the information you need to climb them. The Eiger itself is in there - you can't exactly leave that one out when describing Switzerland's best 3000ers - but there are also some lesser known peaks such as the Pointes de Mourti and Walcherhorn. The Eiger is the only really tough peak in here because it's long, exposed and serious - the other mountains are much easier and are little more than enjoyable glacial hikes and easy scrambles.

One of the great things about this list is that it will take you to some of Switzerland's best known Massifs - both parts of the Berner Alps as well as the Western and Eastern Valais. Traveling to and from these peaks is all part of the fun as well and you'll see some fabulous scenery en route.

Before getting started on this lot, spending a little bit of time acclimatising, getting fit and practising skills is not a bad idea so give this trip a go -

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

And if you feel, after earning your spurs on 3000ers, that it's time to climb some 4000ers, we've got you covered for that too!

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/15092/climb-switzerland's-10-highest-peaks!

Approach to the Dix Hut
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Approach to the Dix Hut

7.6 km
1,038 m
A lovely mountain walk initially to a col, followed by a steep descent down ladders, then across a glacier
Easy
Private
Haute Route Glacier Trek Day 5 - Cabane de Dix to the Cabane des Vignettes via the Pigne d'Arolla
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Haute Route Glacier Trek Day 5 - Cabane de Dix to the Cabane des Vignettes via the Pigne d'Arolla

7.7 km
977 m
A spectacular day over the Pigne d'Arolla - the highest point reached on the Haute Route.
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Cabane de Moiry
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Approach to the Cabane de Moiry

1 - 2 hrs
3.0 km
490 m
7 m
A short and scenic trip up to a beautiful and unique mountain hut.
Moderate
Private
Pointes de Mourti North-east Ridge
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Pointes de Mourti North-east Ridge

7.8 km
750 m
A brilliant low-grade alpine climb which features a bit of everything, from glacier travel to rocky scrambling.
Moderate
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
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
Approach to the Mittelegi Hut
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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
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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