Schönbiel Hut

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Schönbiel Hut
Schönbielhütte (de)

Photo of the Schönbiel Hut
Arrival at the Schönbiel Hut

Elevation 2,694 m8,838.583 ft
1.674 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Dent Blanche Group
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DMS Coor. 46°0´7.1"N, 7°37´43.8"E
Swiss Coor. 614750 / 094510
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Dent Blanche Hut, Matterhorn, Matterhorn Group, Solvay Hut
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Zermatt
Summit(s) Dent Blanche, Dent d'Hérens, Matterhorn, Mont Durand, Obergabelhorn, Pointe de Zinal, Schönbielhorn, Tête Blanche, Tête de Valpeline
Topo. Map SLK 1347: Matterhorn
Approach Difficulty W1
Hut Info
Places 80
Guarded 15 Mar. - 15 May & 15 Jun. - 15 Sept.
Catering Drinks and Food
Tel. 0041 (0)27 967 13 54 (hut)
0041 (0)27 967 40 57 (warden)
Schönbiel Hut (Switzerland )
Schönbiel Hut
Schönbiel Hut


[edit] General information

The Schönbiel Hut (German: Schönbielhütte) (2,694 m8,838.583 ft
1.674 miles
) is a mountain hut located north of the Matterhorn and north of the Zmutt Glacier, a few kilometers west of the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The Schönbiel Hut is located at the foot of the south ridge of Pointe de Zinal and Schönbielhorn above where the Schönbiel Glacier and the Zmutt Glacier meet. The Matterhorn Zmutt ridge and the north side of the Dent d'Hérens can be studied in detail from the hut terrace.

The hut is accessible to hikers, from the cable car station of Schwarzsee (Zermatt) with a marked trail. It is used to climb the Matterhorn on Zmutt ridge and many other high summits in the area (Dent d'Hérens, Dent Blanche, Ober Gabelhorn, Tête Blanche).

The hut wardens are Biner-Perren Yolanda and Biner Alfred (Staldenstrasse 87, 3920 Zermatt; Tel: 0041 (0)27 967 40 57).

[edit] History

In the old days there was an important trade pathway leading by the Zmutt valley over Col d'Hérens connecting Zermatt with Sion in the Rhône valley. It was a difficult glacier walk taking 15 hours to complete. Since long there had been a bivouac site along the route near the location where the hut is now standing. The first real Schönbiel hut was built in 1909 taking 45 people. The original hut was enlarged and reconstructed in 1955 by the Swiss Alpine Club to accommodate 80 people.

[edit] Accomodation

80 places, 15 in winter room.

Category CHF/night
CAS Member 21.5
CAS Member J+S 10.5
All others 18+ 32.5
All others 7-17 17.5
Groups (>10 people 10-17y) 14
Children <6 6
Half Pension 35
1l hot water 2

sleeping bag compulsory!

[edit] Approach

  • Zermatt - Zmutt - Chalbermatten (4h):
    • From Zermatt the path is clearly signposted and follows the river up to Zmutt (1936m). (1.25h)
    • This point can be reached via other routes from Zermatt
    • Continue in the same direction, taking the right fork at a bridge and passing the waterfall section of the river.
    • Reach the moraine on the right side of the debris-covered Zmutt glacier.
    • Follow the moraine past Hohle Bielen (2429m)
    • Zigzag up right to the hut.
  • Zermatt - Furi - Staffel (3h):
    • From the midway station of Furi on the Zermatt-Schwarzsee télépherique follow an excellent path through the woods on the left side of the river to Staffel (2139m).
    • Continue on a good track to join the previous route near Arben.
    • Expensive route, only 1 hour shorter

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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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