Climb one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

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Severe

Description

The Grand Combin is a heavily glaciated mountain range in the western Pennine Alps, in the southwest of the canton of Valais, Switzerland.

It consists of three main peaks, from west to east, Grand Combin de Valsorey (4184m), Grand Combin de Grafeneire (4314m) and Grand Combin de la Tsessette (4135m).

This ski tour summits the highest of the three, the Grand Combin de Grafeneire, a demanding destination for even the most experienced ski alpenists.

Beginning at the Pannossière hut (2669 m) you head to the Couloir du Gardien, then on to cross the Aiguille du Croissant over the Mur de la Côte.

Take in the views of the surrounding massive glacier massifs as you approach at first with skis and then getting more and more intense as you have to climb to the summit of the Grafeneire with ice axes, crampons and rope supports.

Its a gnarly climb at the top, so only to be attempted in good conditions! **Sources** https://www.outdooractive.com/de/route/skitour/schweiz/grand-combin-4314-m/105548150/ https://www.hikr.org/dir/Grand_Combin_de_Grafeneire_6270/ski/ https://www.dav-summit-club.de/dav-summit-club/alpen/alpen-winter/skitouren-fuer-koenner-mont-velan-und-grand-combin