Rothorn Hut

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Rothorn Hut
Rothornhütte (de)

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Rothorn Hut

Elevation 3,198 m10,492.126 ft
1.987 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Weisshorn Group
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DMS Coor. 46°2´55"N, 7°41´50"E
Swiss Coor. 620030 / 99700
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Arben Bivouac, Blanc de Moming, Ober Gabelhorn, Trifthorn (Weisshorn Group), Wellenkuppe, Zinal Rothorn
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Zermatt
Summit(s) Mettelhorn, Ober Gabelhorn, Schalihorn, Trifthorn, Weisshorn, Wellenkuppe, Zinalrothorn, Äschhörner
Topo. Map SLK 1328: Randa
Approach Difficulty W1
Hut Info
Places 90, winter: 10
Guarded 10 Jul. - 15 Sep.
Catering Drinks and Food
Tel. 0041 (0)27 967 20 43
Rothorn Hut (Switzerland )
Rothorn Hut
Rothorn Hut


[edit] General information

The Rothorn Hut (German: Rothornhütte) (3,198 m10,492.126 ft
1.987 miles
) is a mountain hut in the Pennine Alps in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It's situated near Zermatt, high above the Trift Glacier at the foot of a rock rib which separates the Trift and Rothorn glaciers. It is strategically located for climbing the popular 4000-meter peaks Zinalrothorn and Ober Gabelhorn. Before the building of the hut the hotel Trift situated almost 900 meter lower down was the starting point for mountain and glacier routes in the region. The hut is owned by the SAC and the warden is Hans Zurniwen (Tel: 0041 (0)27 967 16 20).

[edit] Accommodation

90 places, 10 in winter room.

[edit] Approach route

From the center of Zermatt follow the path to Trift (signposted). Turn R just past Berghasthaus Trift and, after crossing a stream , climb more steeply for a few minutes to the point where a R fork leads towards the Mettelhorn. Keep L here and cross the fairly level ground of Vieliboden before rising again to reach, after crossing another stream, the foot of the E lateral moraine of the Trift Glacier. Enjoy, if you can, the climb up the moraine to reach the hut (4-5h).

[edit] Ascents

  • Äschhorn ()
  • Mettelhorn (3,406 m11,174.541 ft
    2.116 miles
  • Ober Gabelhorn (4,053 m13,297.244 ft
    2.518 miles
    ): by the normal route along the east-north-east ridge (D, 5-6 hours). The route traverses over the Wellenkuppe.
  • Schalihorn (3,974 m13,038.058 ft
    2.469 miles
    ): being the highest point on the ridge between the Zinalrothorn and the Weisshorn. Traverse south-north from the Rothorn Hut to Schalijoch Bivouac (II-, 5 h to the summit).
  • Trifthorn (3,728 m12,230.971 ft
    2.316 miles
    ): A popular and frequently climbed peak both from the Rothorn Hut and the Mountet Hut
  • Weisshorn (4,506 m14,783.465 ft
    2.8 miles
  • Wellenkuppe (3,903 m12,805.118 ft
    2.425 miles
  • Zinal Rothorn (4,221 m13,848.425 ft
    2.623 miles
    • by the normal route from the south-east (1050 m from the hut, AD-, 4-5 hours)
    • by the south-west ridge called the Rothorngrat (D, 7 hours)

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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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