Arben Bivouac

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Arben Bivouac
Arben Biwak (de)

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Arben Bivouac

Elevation 3,224 m10,577.428 ft
2.003 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Weisshorn Group
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DMS Coor. 46°1´52"N, 7°39´54"E
Swiss Coor. 617540 / 97780
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Col Durand, Mont Durand, Ober Gabelhorn, Rothorn Hut, Trifthorn (Weisshorn Group), Wellenkuppe
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Zermatt
Summit(s) Mont Durand, Ober Gabelhorn, Pointe de Zinal, Äbihorn
Topo. Map SLK 1347: Matterhorn
Approach Difficulty Rating PD+ PD+
Hut Info
Places 15
Guarded always unguarded
Catering No drinks and No food
Tel. 0041 (0)27 967 49 06 (warden)
0041 (0)77 463 37 10 (warden)
Arben Bivouac (Switzerland )
Arben Bivouac
Arben Bivouac


[edit] General information

The Arben Bivouac (German: Arben Biwak) (3,224 m10,577.428 ft
2.003 miles
) is a superior bivouac hut with all the DIY cooking requirements, located in the Pennine Alps, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It's situated on a rock island in the middle of the Arben Glacier below the S face of the Ober Gabelhorn. The hut is not guarded but is always open (see warden in advance). He can be contacted on: Alfons Biner, Oberdorfstrasse 72, 3920 Zermatt; Tel: 0041 (0)77 463 37 10 or 0041(0)27 967 49 06.

[edit] History

The Arben Bivouac was a gift from the KNAV (Royal Dutch Alps Organisation) to the Zermatt SAC Section. It was given in July 1977 for the 75 year jubilee of the KNAV.

[edit] Accomodation

15 places.

The kitchen has gas and utensils, but no food nor drinks are available. There is undrinkable mountain water and light is provided with solar panels.

Category /night
SAC Member 23 CHF / 20 €
Non Members 33 CHF / 28 €

[edit] Approach routes

Approach route
  • From Zermatt: Zmutt - Staffelalp (the path above Kalbermatten is sometimes blocked by rockfall) - Arben waterfalls - Arbengandegge - Arben Glacier - bivouac (5-6h)
  • From Zermatt: with the gondola to Schwarzsee - descent to the Staffelalp restaurant - Arben waterfalls - Arbengandegge - Arben Glacier - bivouac (4-5h)

The last 150m to the hut are VERY steep, equipped with ladders and cables

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[edit] Recommended books

      The Alpine 4000m Peaks by the Classic Routes by Richard Goedeke

      Valais Alps East: Selected Climbs (Alpine Club Guides) by Les Swindin

      Valais Alps West: Selected Climbs (Alpine Club Guides) by Lindsay Griffin

      Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert) by Cathy Cosley

      Valais West: Zinal - Arolla - Verbier - Rhone Valley (Rother Walking Guide) by Michael Waeber & Hans Steinbichler

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