Wannenhorn Group

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Wannenhorn Group

Photo of the Wannenhorn Group
The Wannenhorn Group seen from the flanks of the Finsteraarhorn

Range Bernese Alps
Location Valais, Switzerland
Highest Point Gross Wannenhorn (3,906 m12,814.961 ft
2.427 miles
Wannenhorn Group (Switzerland )
Wannenhorn Group
Wannenhorn Group
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[edit] General information

[edit] Geographic location

The Wannenhorn Group is a massif located in the center of the Bernese Alps just south of the border between Valais and Berne, Switzerland. The massif contains some of high alpine mountains, although none is higher than 4,000 m. The massif can be described as the ridge south of the Grünhornlücke. The Wannenhorn Group borders the Aletschhorn Group in the west, the Finsteraarhorn Group in the east, the Fiescherhorn Group in the north and the small Eggishorn Group in the south.

The Wannenhorn ridge separates the Aletsch Glacier (in the west) from the Fiescher Glacier (in the east). Both glaciers are among the biggest of Europe with being the largest and third largest glacier of the European Alps respectively. These large glaciers make the Wannenhorn Group a relatively frequently visited massif. The massif is easier accessible than the Finsteraarhorn Group for example, but less accessible than the Jungfrau Group for example.

Overview of the Wannenhorn Group

[edit] General mountaineering info

The Wannenhorn Group offers a number of mountaineering opportunities. Due to its altitude and limited number of mountain huts, some alpine routes are relatively long. A limited number of rock climbing routes are available in the southern part close to theBurg Hut. Due to the glacial environment, numerous skitouring opportunities exist in the winter and early spring.

Due to its high altitude and glacial environment, the Wannenhorn Group offers no extensive trail network or hiking opportunities. There are a limited number of trails near the Burg Hut. The Wannenhorn Group will almost certainly require travelling over sometimes dangerously crevassed glaciers. As a consequence, this region should only be visited by people with some level of mountaineering experience. A famous hiking tour crossing the main glaciers of the Bernese Alps visits the Wannenhorn Group by passing through the Grünhornlücke.

[edit] Overviews

[edit] Overview of the summits

Mountain Elevation Prominence Country Location Massif Range
Chamm 3,866 m12,683.727 ft
2.402 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Distelspitz 3,070 m10,072.178 ft
1.908 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Fiescher Gabelhorn 3,876 m12,716.535 ft
2.408 miles
152 m0.0944 miles
498.688 ft
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Fülbärg 3,242 m10,636.483 ft
2.014 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Gross Wannenhorn 3,906 m12,814.961 ft
2.427 miles
626 m0.389 miles
2,053.806 ft
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Klein Wannenhorn 3,707 m12,162.074 ft
2.303 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Schönbühlhorn 3,854 m12,644.357 ft
2.395 miles
95 m0.059 miles
311.68 ft
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Senfspitze 3,354 m11,003.937 ft
2.084 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Strahlhorn (Wannenhorn Group) 3,026 m9,927.822 ft
1.88 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Wannenzwillinge 3,430 m11,253.281 ft
2.131 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps
Wyssnollen 3,590 m11,778.215 ft
2.231 miles
Switzerland Valais Wannenhorn Group Bernese Alps

[edit] Overview of the cols and passes

Pass Elevation Country Location Range Massif Pass Members
Chammjoch 3,765 m12,352.362 ft
2.339 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Wannenhorn Group Chamm, Fiescher Gabelhorn
Gabelhornsattel 3,759 m12,332.677 ft
2.336 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Wannenhorn Group Fiescher Gabelhorn
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m10,761.155 ft
2.038 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Wannenhorn Group, Fiescherhorn Group Grünhörnli, Wyssnollen

[edit] Overview of all the routes

Mountain Hei. Route Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut Maps
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m2.038 miles
10,761.155 ft
West Side BF 2 Snow Blatten, Fieschertal, Jungfraujoch Konkordia Hut 1250
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m2.038 miles
10,761.155 ft
East Side BF 2 Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1250, 1249

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)
Burg Hut Private Wannenhorn Group 1,750 m5,741.47 ft
1.087 miles
32 +41 27 971 40 27 Fieschertal
Konkordia Hut SAC-CAS Wannenhorn Group 2,850 m9,350.394 ft
1.771 miles
155 0041 (0)33 855 13 94 Blatten, Fieschertal, Jungfraujoch

[edit] Recommended books

      The Swiss Alps (Cicerone Guide) by Kev Reynolds

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

      Bernese Oberland: Selected Climbs (Alpine Club Guides) by Les Swindin

      Bernese Oberland East: Interlaken - Grindelwald - Meiringen (Rother Walking Guide) by Daniel Anker

      The Bernese Alps: A Walker's Guide (Cicerone Guide) by Kev Reynolds

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