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Britannia Hut
Britanniahütte (de)

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The Britannia hut

Elevation 3,030 m9,940.945 ft
1.883 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Mischabel
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DMS Coor. 46°03´36"N, 7°56´06"E
Swiss Coor. 638420 / 101070
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Allalinhorn, Egginer, Fee Glacier, Kleines Allalin, Längflue Hotel, Mittaghorn (Mischabel), Mittelallalin, Mittelallalin Station
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Saas Fee
Summit(s) Allalinhorn, Alphubel, Fluchthorn, Rimpfischhorn, Strahlhorn
Topo. Map SLK 1329: Saas
Approach Difficulty Rating F F
Hut Info
Places 134
Guarded 01 Mar. - 31 May & 01 Jul. - 30 Sep.
Catering Drinks and Food
Tel. 0041 (0)27 957 22 88 (hut)
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Britannia Hut
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[edit] General information

The Britannia Hut (German: Britanniahütte) (3,030 m9,940.945 ft
1.883 miles
) is a mountain hut located in the Pennine Alps above Saas Fee, in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, owned by the Swiss Alpine Club. It's situated close to a col at the E end of the Hinter Allalin ridge which separates the Hohlaub and Chessjen Glacier and is at the end of an almost horizontal track leading from the upper Felskinn lift station. It is a starting point for the ascents of Strahlhorn, Rimpfischhorn and Allalinhorn.

[edit] History

The hut was officially opened on 17th August 1912 when the keys to the hut were handed over from the Vice President of the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club (ABMSAC) to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC-CAS) at its inauguration. The building of the hut was funded by contributions from British members of climbing clubs and in particular the ABMSAC, which was founded by British members of the Alpine Club in 1909 with one its objectives to raise money for a hut. The hut was gifted to the SAC (Geneva Section) in gratitude for the hospitality received by British climbers at the many other Swiss huts in the Alpine region.

The hut was completely renovated in 1997 and celebrated its centenary in 2012. The hut maintains strong links with British mountaineering clubs.

[edit] Accomodation

134 places / 12 places in winter room

Category CHF/night
SAC Member 25 / 60 with half pension
SAC Member 10-22 13 / 48 with half pension
Non Member from 18 36 /71 with half pension
Non Member 10-17 19 / 54 with half pension
Group from 10 people, 7-17 14
Child < 10 10 / 21 with half pension

Tax non included: 1.2 CHF/person/night (children 6-16: 0.6 CHF/person/night).

[edit] Approach routes

Winter approach routes
Summer approach routes



From Fellskin follow a wide track which climbs SE on to the Chessjen Glacier. From here a pisted track rises gradually until just S of the Egginerjoch (ski-tow) and then contours the upper part of the glacier to reach the hut. There is a slight danger from seracs at the start.

From the upper lift station at Plattjen (2,570 m), which can be reached on foot or by lift from Saas Fee, follow the path leading round the E side of the Mittaghorn and the Egginer. A path from Zer Meiggern just S of Saas Almagell, another potential starting point, joins this path. The path leads to the Chessjen Glacier N of the hut. Climb it to the hut.

Follow the road alongside the reservoir before turning R to pass Schwarzbergalp before crossing the Allalin and Hohlaub Glacier.

[edit] Crossings

[edit] Ascents

  • Egginer, 3366 m: Climbing tour for beginners and more experienced climbers on N and S-face, 2-4.5h (difficulties starting from III)
  • Strahlhorn, 4,190 m, 5h (easy tour)
  • Allalinhorn, 4,027 m, 3.5h (before Strahlhorn, good ski tour)
  • Rimpfischhorn, 4,198 m, 6.5h (PD+ or via North ridge AD)
  • Fluchthorn, 3790 m, 3.5h (via Hohllaub ridge PD+)
  • Alphubel, 4206 m, 7h (after reaching the summit of Allalinhorn via Hohllaub ridge (PD+))

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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

      Valais East: Zermatt - Saas - Fiesch (Rother Walking Guide) by Michael Waeber

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

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