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Mischabel
Mischabelhörner

Photo of the Mischabel
Overview of the Mischabelgroup. From left to right: Täschhorn, Dom, Lenzspitze, Nadelhorn, Stecknadelhorn, Hobärghorn and Ulrichshorn

General
Range Pennine Alps
Location Valais, Switzerland
Highest Point Dom (4,545 m14,911.417 ft
2.824 miles
)
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Mischabel (Switzerland )
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[edit] General information

[edit] Geographic location

The Mischabelhörner, or just Mischabel, is a massif in the Pennine Alps in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, which forms the divide between the Saastal and Mattertal. Of all its summits, the Dom (4,545 m14,911.417 ft
2.824 miles
) is the highest peak completely inside Switzerland. The other two chief summits are the Täschhorn (), and Südlenz or Lenzspitze (4,294 m14,087.927 ft
2.668 miles
).

Mischabelmassif above the Saas valley. From left to right: Strahlhorn, Rimpfischhorn and Allalinhorn, Alphubel, Täschhorn, Dom, Lenzspitze and Nadelhorn
Schematic map of the Mischabel region

[edit] General mountaineering info

The massif is located in the center of the Pennine Alps and is one of the highest massifs of Switzerland with 11 peaks above 4,000m. Most of the peaks are predominantly snow covered with the rocks showing through on the ridges. Although the rock quality isn't what we are used to when, for example, climbing in the Chamonix area, there are great rock climbs in all difficulties. One will also find interesting ice and mixed routes. This multitude of options makes the Mischabelmassif a popular target for alpine climbers.

This massif, at first sight, appears to be ideal for a mountaineer, and indeed it is. Consequently the Mischabelmassif is very popular, especially in high season (July and August). One could say it is too popular... A lot of beginning mountaineers are climbing the easy routes on the high mountains. Easy routes on 4,000m+ mountains are often (too) crowded, such as the Allalinhorn routes. A novice mountaineer can climb lower mountains that are as (or even more) demanding as the famous 4,000m peaks nearly alone and have a much better experience. Mountains such as Balfrin, Adlerhorn, Fluchthorn or Egginer are fine examples. For the intermediate or advanced mountaineer there is not really a 'traffic jam' problem on the AD, D and even the ED routes. Anyway, no matter which peak one will climb in the Mischabel Group, the summit views on all peaks in the center of the Valais are overwhelming. Enjoy them...

[edit] Overviews

[edit] Overview of the summits

Mountain Elevation Prominence Country Location Massif Range
Adlerhorn 3,988 m13,083.99 ft
2.478 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Allalinhorn 4,027 m13,211.942 ft
2.502 miles
245 m0.152 miles
803.806 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Alphubel 4,206 m13,799.213 ft
2.613 miles
355 m0.221 miles
1,164.698 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Balfrin 3,796 m12,454.068 ft
2.359 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Chli Dirruhorn 3,890 m12,762.467 ft
2.417 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Dom 4,545 m14,911.417 ft
2.824 miles
1,045 m0.649 miles
3,428.478 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Egginer 3,367 m11,046.588 ft
2.092 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Feechopf 3,888 m12,755.906 ft
2.416 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Fluchthorn 3,795 m12,450.787 ft
2.358 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Gabelhorn 3,136 m10,288.714 ft
1.949 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Gross Bigerhorn 3,626 m11,896.325 ft
2.253 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Görnergrat 3,130 m10,269.029 ft
1.945 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Hobärghorn 4,219 m13,841.864 ft
2.622 miles
77 m0.0478 miles
252.625 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Kinhorn 3,752 m12,309.711 ft
2.331 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Klein Bigerhorn 3,182 m10,439.633 ft
1.977 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Kleines Allalin 3,070 m10,072.178 ft
1.908 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Leiterspitzen 3,409 m11,184.383 ft
2.118 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Lenzspitze 4,294 m14,087.927 ft
2.668 miles
81 m0.0503 miles
265.748 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Mittaghorn 3,143 m10,311.68 ft
1.953 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Mittelallalin 3,457 m11,341.864 ft
2.148 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Nadelhorn 4,327 m14,196.194 ft
2.689 miles
206 m0.128 miles
675.853 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Oberrothorn 3,415 m11,204.068 ft
2.122 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m13,776.247 ft
2.609 miles
635 m0.395 miles
2,083.333 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Stecknadelhorn 4,242 m13,917.323 ft
2.636 miles
2,280 m1.417 miles
7,480.315 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Strahlhorn 4,190 m13,746.719 ft
2.604 miles
692 m0.43 miles
2,270.341 ft
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Ulrichshorn 3,925 m12,877.297 ft
2.439 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps
Unterrothorn 3,104 m10,183.727 ft
1.929 miles
Switzerland Valais Mischabel Pennine Alps

[edit] Overview of the cols and passes

Pass Elevation Country Location Range Massif Pass Members
Adlerpass 3,789 m12,431.102 ft
2.354 miles
Switzerland Valais Pennine Alps Mischabel Rimpfischhorn, Strahlhorn
Allalinpass 3,564 m11,692.913 ft
2.215 miles
Switzerland Valais Pennine Alps Mischabel Allalinhorn, Rimpfischhorn
Alphubeljoch 3,772 m12,375.328 ft
2.344 miles
Switzerland Valais Pennine Alps Mischabel Alphubel, Feechopf
Feejoch 3,826 m12,552.493 ft
2.377 miles
Switzerland Valais Pennine Alps Mischabel Allalinhorn, Feechopf
Schwarzberg Weisstor 3,535 m11,597.769 ft
2.197 miles
Switzerland Valais Pennine Alps Mischabel Schwarzberghorn, Strahlhorn

[edit] Overview of all the routes

Mountain Hei. Route Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut Maps
Adlerhorn 3,988 m2.478 miles
13,083.99 ft
West-South-West Ridge DPD 4-5 Mostly Snow I-II Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Adlerhorn 3,988 m2.478 miles
13,083.99 ft
North-West Flank EPD+ 4-5 Snow 45 Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Adlerpass 3,789 m2.354 miles
12,431.102 ft
South-West Side DPD 5 Snow Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Adlerpass 3,789 m2.354 miles
12,431.102 ft
North-East Side DPD 3 Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1329, 1328
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
West-North-West Ridge from Mittelallalin BF 2 Snow Saas Fee Mittelallalin Station 1328
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
West-North-West Ridge from Britannia Hut DPD 4-5 Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
West-North-West Ridge from Längflue DPD 5 Snow Saas Fee Längflue Hotel 1328
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
West-North-West Ridge from Täsch Hut DPD 5 Snow and Rock II Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
South-West Ridge from Täsch Hut DPD 6 Snow and Rock Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
South-West Ridge from Britannia Hut DPD 6.5 Snow and Rock Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
East-North-East Ridge - Hohlaubgrat GAD 4-5 Mostly Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
North-East Ridge - Hinter Allalingrat HAD+ 5 Snow 50 Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinhorn 4,027 m2.502 miles
13,211.942 ft
North-East Face Direct MTD 8 Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinpass 3,564 m2.215 miles
11,692.913 ft
West-North-West Side BF 3 Snow Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Allalinpass 3,564 m2.215 miles
11,692.913 ft
East Side DPD 3 Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1328, 1329
Allalinpass 3,564 m2.215 miles
11,692.913 ft
From the Feejoch DPD 2-3 Snow and Rock II Saas Fee Mittelallalin Station 1328, 1329
Alphubel 4,206 m2.613 miles
13,799.213 ft
South-East Ridge DPD 4-5 Mostly Snow Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Alphubel 4,206 m2.613 miles
13,799.213 ft
East Flank DPD 4-5 Snow Saas Fee Längflue Hotel 1328
Alphubel 4,206 m2.613 miles
13,799.213 ft
North Ridge DPD 5.5-6.5 Snow and Rock II Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Alphubel 4,206 m2.613 miles
13,799.213 ft
West Ridge - Rotgrat HAD+ 5.5-7 Mostly Rock III-IV Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Alphubel 4,206 m2.613 miles
13,799.213 ft
West Rib JD 7-9 Mostly Rock III-IV Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Alphubeljoch 3,772 m2.344 miles
12,375.328 ft
West Side BF 3 Snow Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1328
Alphubeljoch 3,772 m2.344 miles
12,375.328 ft
North-East Side from Längflue DPD 3 Snow Saas Fee Längflue Hotel 1328
Alphubeljoch 3,772 m2.344 miles
12,375.328 ft
North-East Side from Mittelallalin DPD 3 Snow Saas Fee Mittelallalin Station 1328
Balfrin 3,796 m2.359 miles
12,454.068 ft
South Ridge from Mischabel Hut - Ulrichshorn Traverse DPD 4-5 Mostly Snow Saas Fee Mischabel Hut 1328
Balfrin 3,796 m2.359 miles
12,454.068 ft
South Ridge from Bordier Hut DPD 4 Snow and Rock Grächen, Sankt Niklaus Bordier Hut 1328, 1308
Balfrin 3,796 m2.359 miles
12,454.068 ft
South-West Ridge of North Summit DPD 3-4 Mostly Rock I Grächen, Sankt Niklaus Bordier Hut 1328, 1308
Balfrin 3,796 m2.359 miles
12,454.068 ft
North-West Ridge - Gross Bigerhorn Traverse DPD 3-4 Mostly Snow I Grächen, Sankt Niklaus Bordier Hut 1328, 1308
Kleines Allalin 3,070 m1.908 miles
10,072.178 ft
West Flank 0Hike 0.25 Pure Rock I Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1329
Nadelhorn 4,327 m2.689 miles
14,196.194 ft
North-East Ridge from Mischabel Hut DPD 3.5 Mostly Snow Saas Fee Mischabel Hut 1328
Nadelhorn 4,327 m2.689 miles
14,196.194 ft
North-East Ridge from Bordier Hut DPD 6 Mostly Snow Grächen, Sankt Niklaus Bordier Hut 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
West-South-West Ridge from Berghaus Flue DPD 5-6 Snow and Rock I-II Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
West-South-West Ridge from Täsch Hut EPD+ 6-7 Mostly Snow I-II Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1348, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
West-South-West Ridge from Britannia Hut EPD+ 6-7 Mostly Snow I-II Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1329, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North Ridge from Britannia Hut GAD 7 Mostly Rock Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1329, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North Ridge from Täsch Hut GAD 7 Snow and Rock Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1348, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North Ridge from Berghaus Flue GAD 7-8 Snow and Rock Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
South-East Ridge from Britannia Hut HAD+ 6-7 Snow and Rock Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1328, 1329
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
South-East Ridge from Berghaus Flue HAD+ 8 Snow and Rock Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North-West Flank from Britannia Hut JD 8 Snow 55 Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1328, 1329
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North-West Flank from Täsch Hut JD 8 Snow 55 Täsch, Zermatt Täsch Hut 1348, 1328
Rimpfischhorn 4,199 m2.609 miles
13,776.247 ft
North-West Flank from Berghaus Flue JD 8 Snow and Rock I-II 55 Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Strahlhorn 4,190 m2.604 miles
13,746.719 ft
East Ridge DPD 4-5 Snow Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1329, 1328
Strahlhorn 4,190 m2.604 miles
13,746.719 ft
North-East Ridge GAD 4-5 Mostly Snow II Saas Fee Britannia Hut 1348, 1329, 1328
Strahlhorn 4,190 m2.604 miles
13,746.719 ft
West-South-West Ridge GAD 6 Snow and Rock Zermatt Berghaus Flue 1348
Strahlhorn 4,190 m2.604 miles
13,746.719 ft
South Face HAD+ 5 Mostly Rock Macugnaga Eugenio Sella Hut 1348

Hei.:Height, Dif.: Difficulty, Dur.: Duration: Meters from hut to summit
Summit map is always listed first. If a map is used for 2 km and another map for 1 km, the 2 km map will be listed before the 1 km map. Overview of the Swiss maps & Italian maps.

[edit] Overview of the mountain huts

Hut Hut Type Massif Elevation Places Hut Phone Nr Starting Valley/Village(s)
Berghaus Flue Private Mischabel 2,618 m8,589.239 ft
1.627 miles
60 0041 (0)27 967 25 97 Zermatt
Bordier Hut SAC-CAS Mischabel 2,886 m9,468.504 ft
1.793 miles
44 0041 (0)27 956 19 09 Grächen, Sankt Niklaus
Britannia Hut SAC-CAS Mischabel 3,030 m9,940.945 ft
1.883 miles
134 0041 (0)27 957 22 88 Saas Fee
Dom Hut SAC-CAS Mischabel 2,940 m9,645.669 ft
1.827 miles
75 0041 (0)27 967 26 34 Randa
Europa Hut Private Mischabel 2,220 m7,283.465 ft
1.379 miles
42 0041 (0)27 967 82 47 Grächen, Randa
Kin Hut Private Mischabel 2,584 m8,477.69 ft
1.606 miles
30 0041 (0)27 967 86 18 Randa
Längflue Hotel Private Mischabel 2,867 m9,406.168 ft
1.781 miles
150 0041 (0)27 957 21 32 Saas Fee
Mischabel Hut AACZ Mischabel 3,340 m10,958.005 ft
2.075 miles
130 0041 (0)27 957 13 17 Saas Fee
Mischabeljoch Bivouac SAC-CAS Mischabel 3,855 m12,647.638 ft
2.395 miles
24 Saas Fee, Täsch, Zermatt
Mittelallalin Station Lift Mischabel 3,456 m11,338.583 ft
2.147 miles
0 Saas Fee
Täsch Hut SAC-CAS Mischabel 2,702 m8,864.829 ft
1.679 miles
78 0041 (0)27 967 39 13 Täsch, Zermatt
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