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Climb The Bishorn 4153m – Sept 2020
September 6, 2020 - September 7, 2020
The Bishorn is a classic Swiss alpine 4000m peak and its ascent combines a long and beautiful hut walk, from Zinal, with a night in a superb Swiss mountain hut. The pre-dawn alpine start, high altitude glacier journey and magnificent views of the surrounding Giants of the Swiss Valais Alps make this a climb to remember. But, also one to prepare for, as the significant height gains, demand of high altitude mountaineering and a major descent require strong mountain legs and are not for the faint hearted!
This 2 day course is suitable for climbers with some basic mountaineering experience, very good mountain fitness and a reasonable level of pre-climb acclimatisation. For this reason this course usually follows our Chamonix Alpine Intro or Gran Paradiso programmes. After a rest day or two, this would also be great preparation for our Climb Mont Blanc course.
Climb the Bishorn, Featuring…
- A long and beautiful mountain hut walk from the fine Swiss alpine village of Zinal
- A night spent in the lovely high altitude Swiss mountain hut, The Cabanne Tracuit. Superb location, hospitable staff, good Swiss mountain food
- Technically quite easy (alpine grade F) glacier journey to the magnificent mountain views from this major alpine summit
- Great progression (and acclimatisation) towards climbing other 4000m peaks like Mont Blanc
- Meet other like minded climbers for a sociable overnight mountain hut expedition in the high mountains
- An action packed long alpine weekend easily done from Geneva Airport & transfer to Chamonix (if you already have some acclimatisation – otherwise, best done after one of our other intro alpine / climb Gran Paradiso or private guiding programmes.)
Required Fitness and Experience Levels
Some basic previous mountaineering experience is required for the ascent of the Bishorn. Those who have never worn crampons before should investigate our Chamonix Alpine Intro and Climb the Gran Paradiso courses or arrange some private guiding & mountaineering training prior to the course.
Pre course acclimatisation is also required with previous days spent above 3000m and ideally a night spent in a mountain hut. our Chamonix Alpine Intro course runs the week before and this is an ideal extension to that after the rest day in-between.
A very good level of fitness & stamina is also required for the long walk to the hut (around 5 hours) and then nearly 1000m summit climb to 4153mm on the summit days (c. 3-4 hours). Some mountain walking experience is also required in order to be able to deal effectively with the rough paths and very long descent from the summit back to Zinal on the 2nd day of the course. This presents a whopping 2500m descent!