Ailefroide

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Ailefroide 44.885000, 6.356100

Facts About Ailefroide.

Ailefroide is a mountain found at the Ecrins massif, High Dauphine Alps, France. Standing at 3954m above sea level. This is the third peak in the same massif where La Meije and Barres des Ecrins are found. Its other name is L’ailefroide. As one of the rather complicated peaks in the French Alps, walking is the best way to tread your way to the summit. Traversing options range from the snowy paths to the challenging rock and ice route. It consists of 3 faces. The northwest face above Coste Rouge Glacier, the north face above Glacier Noir and the south face just above the Ailefroide Glacier.

How to get to the peak of Ailefroide?

The easiest route is at the Ailefroide Orientale by the southwest ridge. Best climbed in summertime. One of the last stopovers before the peak is the Sele hut. To reach the Sele hut, start walking from the small chapel of the village right on the main street. Walk towards the junction north ward. Upon reaching the junction, turn left. You will reach the camping area adjacent to a car park. The car park is located close to a sign that says “Refuge du Sele, Refuge du Pelvoux and Claphouse”.

Climb the zig-zag route towards another junction. The road has loops so be careful. You go past the corner leading to the Refuge du Pelvoux. The route to the Sele hut is straight ahead though. You will see the hut itself on the right hand side of the valley. Stop here for the night for the early morning trek to the peak.

What to expect at Ailefroide?

If you originally booked a trip to climb Barres des Ecrins, this might show up as a suggestion. Alternatives to the Sele Hut (or Refuge du Sele as some pamphlets say) are the Pilatte hut and the Carrelet hut. The bivouac option is found at the Occidental Ailefroide.

Grand Cornier

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Grand Cornier 46.052100, 7.611500

Facts About Grand Cornier.

Grand Cornier is a mountain located at Valais in Switzerland. This is found at the edge of 3 valleys. These are Zinal, Moiry and Herence. Standing at 3962m above sea level. This is a mountain often climbed alongside Dent Blanche. Some hikers climb this mountain from the northeast side based on what they have seen from other peaks reached like Weisshorn.

How to get to the peak of Grand Cornier?

If you have been reading the previous articles posted here at Marvel Mountain, you’d recognize the common starting point by car. It’s in Zermatt. You enter Route de Ferpecle via A9. Then turn to Breitmatten, Talstrasse and Kantonstrasse along Route 9. Then drive towards La Villette to Les Hauderes/Route de la Sage in Evolene. Renting a car here would be advisable since you need a place to park that car. The next phase involves walking to the bivouac.

From the parking lot available close to Route de Ferpecle, walk 4m southeast. Continue by Route de Ferpecle itself by 230m. Once done, turn right to walk further by 1.1km. Then turn left to walk by 2.7 km. You see the Bivouac du Col de la Dent Blanche at this point. This is where you prepare for the uphill climb. Just walk west afterwards from the bivouac by 400m to reach the peak.

What to expect at the Grand Cornier?

The mountain has lost some snow significant enough to make it dangerous to tread on the northeast side. The northwest alternative is recommended by starting the trail at Pointe de Bricola towards the bivouac. Or you can take the shortcut from Pointe de Bricola to the peak itself.

La Grivola

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La Grivola 45.596700, 7.264400

Facts About La Grivola.

La Grivola is the “almost perfect” white pyramid at the Italian Alps. Standing at 3969m above sea level. This peak is found at Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley), Italy. This is one of the most prominent views seen from the peak of Gran Paradiso. It stood out in the middle of two valleys, Vallon di Cogne and Val Savarenche. It got its name from its impeccable beauty. La Grivola is literally translated as “young lady” in the local dialect.

How to get to the peak of La Grivola?

If driving from the Milan Airport, enter SP14 via Piotello. Enter A4/E64 in Valle d’Aosta. Exit at Aosta Ovest (West Aosta) via E25. Drive towards Cogne via SR47. You will reach the Vittorio Sella Refuge as stopover before the trek.

With Cogne as starting point, climb to Val Lauson. Get to the junction upon reaching 2844m above sea level. Turn right to reach Col de la Rousse. Keep climbing westward to find the Col de la Noire. Walk further from Col de la Noire.

Walk past the Trajoz glacier just by the bottom of the southeast flank. Tread in the middle of this wall. Halfway through this wall, turn right upwards. Turn right again to set foot on the northeast ridge. Finally, set foot on the white pyramid’s peak.

What to expect at La Grivola?

Vittorio Sella Refuge is one of the few stopovers before the path towards the peak. The rest of the stopovers are bivouacs. Not recommended to climb in bad weather. The southwest wall has a fragile rock, making it unsafe at certain times. For any reservations, contact them at their landline number +39 0165 74310 or their Skype username: rifugiosella.

La Meije

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La Meije 45.004800, 6.308200

Facts About La Meije

La Meije is a mountain located at the High Dauphine Alps at La Grave, France. Same group as that of Barres des Ecrins along the Ecrins massif. Standing at 3983m above sea level. It is one of the steep mountains to traverse in this side of the French Alps. The sturdy rock is an excellent way to apply your mixed climbing skills with fellow hikers. Other mountaineers won’t mince their words in describing this mountain as “difficile”. The view from the top makes it a worthwhile climb though.

How to get to the top of Le Meije?

Best starting point? Take the train by the Geneva Airport. Hop off at the Grenoble Station. So whenever you may be coming from, ideal starting point is at Grenoble. Drive from Grenoble to enter A480 via Avenue Felix Viallet. Turn to the N85. You then reach D1091 towards Les Freaux in La Grave. Drive further to reach D233T. From here, you stop at the Refuge Promontory. Stop over this refuge to prepare for the hike up to the summit.

What to expect at La Meije?

What made La Meije a little notorious was the lack of nut placements. Never try climbing this peak without friends experienced in this terrain. Route guides are usually accessible to help you around this massif-based mountain. Still, be ready with the right crampons, axe and rope.

Piz Zupo

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Piz Zupo 46.368300, 9.931100

Facts About Piz Zupo.

Piz Zupo is a mountain standing at 3996m above sea level at the Bernina Group. The word “Zupo” is based on the local term “Zuper”. It is literally translated as “hidden”. This is because you can hardly see the peak when climbing from the north side. You have to traverse the routes towards the peak to see it. And eventually, see the rest of the mountains from this summit.

How to get to the peak of Piz Zupo?

Getting to the peak? Get to Rifugio Marinelli in the province of Sondrio, Milan, Italy first. Rifugio Marinelli Bombardeli Al Bernina in particular. There is another Rifugio Marinelli in the Bernina Group’s area. That one is far away from the peak. If you get to the right refuge, you reach the peak in at least 7 minutes by foot. Ride a bus or drive by Valmalenco to this refuge for starters.

What to expect at Piz Zupo?

Expect to spend more time on the bus ride or in the car than on foot. Encountering a travel agent that suggests a starting point at the Marco Rosa refuge might be suggesting a 2-in-1 expedition. This hut is the alternative to Rifugio Marinelli Bombardeli Al Bernina. But most hikers stay here on their way to the peak of Piz Bernina.

Lagginhorn

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Lagginhorn 46.157100, 8.003100

Facts About Lagginhorn.

Lagginhorn is the peak at the farthest part of the northeast side of the Walliser Alps in Valais, Switzerland. Standing at 4010m above sea level. This might be the only reported peak climbed without crampons and crevasse-related danger. Quite a disparity from the climbing skills needed in reaching the peak of its adjacent mountain, the Fletschhorn. As part of the Mischabel Group, it is also slightly close to Dom by several miles. You can also view the Dufourspitze from the top.

How to get to the peak of Lagginhorn?

Take the train to Visp. Then take the bus to Saas Grund. You can choose between hiking to the Weissmies hut. Or you can take the cableway to Hohsaas. Walk from here to reach the Weissmies hut. Prepare for your trek to the peak from here.

What to expect at Lagginhorn?

You can enjoy local culinary delights at the Weissmies hut. But some hikers make 2 stop overs. First at the Kreuzboden rail station. There is a restaurant there serving local fare. And the second is the Weissmies hut itself. The path is steep but not slippery. It made the climb almost easy.

This is also one peak to reach easily in case you made it to the Fletschhorn first. Weissmieshutte is the common denominator regarding stopovers. And being in the same “compound” as the Mischabel group made it accessible for Fletschhorn climbers.

Gross Gruenhorn

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Gross Gruenhorn 46.532000, 8.077700

Facts About Gross Gruenhorn.

Gross Gruenhorn is a mountain originally spelled as “Gross Grünhorn”. Standing at 4044m above sea level. It is practically the heart of the Bernese Alps based on its location. Due to its location, its official spot is Valais, Switzerland. This is also due to its proximity to the Bernese Trilogy of Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger.

How to get to the peak of Gross Gruenhorn?

If coming from the Zurich Airport, drive to Interlaken. Catch a train at Interlaken. Hop off to the Jungfraujoch to start with the trail. Tread the path at the Konkordiaplatz. Turn to the east and walk past the Ewigschneefald. You then reach the steep stairs at the Grueneggenhorn. Pass this route to reach to the rocks by the plateau. You will see the huts. Stop by the Konkordia Hut to prepare. Walk from here to the summit.

What to expect at Gross Gruenhorn?

Careful in treading at the Konkordiaplatz part. It has a marsh at its center made of melted snow. Hikers traverse this path mostly on the sides. The climb to the Konkordia Hut consists of 399 steel steps. Be ready with your endurance levels.

Don’t mistake its peak part for the Arctic. Nothing green is found here much like in the Arctic. Only glaciers and ice rocks for the most part. This is best explained in its spot that separates the largest glaciers in the Bernese Alps. Namely the Fieschergletscher and the Aletschgletcher.

Gross Fiescherhorn

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Gross Fiescherhorn 46.551300, 8.061500

Facts About Gross Fiescherhorn.

Gross Fiescherhorn is a peak found in the Bernese Alps standing at 4049m above sea level. Located at Berne in Valais, Switzerland. It is surround by glaciers names Ewischneefeld, Walliser Fischerfirn and Obers Ischmeer. Some hikers discovered this peak after reaching the summit of the Finsteraarhorn. Others have heard of it from fellow hikers staying at the Finsteraarhorn hut for the stopover.

How to get to the peak of Gross Fiescherhorn?

You can drive starting from Jungfraujoch. Other hikers are familiar with this spot when they took the train to the Jungfrau route. If driving, take the route from Sphinxstollen to Jungfraufirn. Get to the driving sequence of Konkordiaplatz-Grunefirn-Grunhornlucke. Go downwards to the Fiescher glacier. Cross this glacier across the rocks to get to the Finsteraarhorn hut.

From the hut, traverse the Walliser Fiescherfirn glacier. Turn northwest to the steep slope. Walk past the ice slabs and seracs. Beware of the deep crevasses while crossing them. You then reach the Fiescher plateau. This leads you to the Fieschersattel. See the mountain’s southeast rock ridge on this part to reach the peak.

What to expect at Gross Fiescherhorn?

The common starting point is Finsteraarhorn hut. You can come from Jungfraujoch or from Kuhboden. The Monchjoch close to the Monch is the only stopover alternative if you start from Fiescherhorner. Contact the reservations desk at the Finsteraarhorn hut through their landline number, 079 321 89 09.

Piz Bernina

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Piz Bernina 46.382400, 9.908200

Facts About Piz Bernina.

Piz Bernina is a mountain that stands at 4049m above sea level. Located at Engadin, Switzerland. This is one peak among the Bernina Group found at the easternmost side of the Alps. Piz in local Swiss dialect means massif. Ridges are seen from the peak as divided into 4 sides. It also separates 2 long glaciers namely Vadret Morteratsch and Vadret Roset. Despite its location, it is occasionally identified with other peaks in the Bernese Alps like Aletschhorn.

How to get to the peak of Piz Bernina?

You can walk the marked route starting at Rifugio Marinelli-Bombardieri. You will find the hut used as a stopover before the main climb by starting here. This is at the lower part of Scerscen Glacier. Tread the route for about an hour. You get to the flat part of the glacier northwards close to the Pizzo Argent. It’s just under the eastern slopes. The other landmark to remind you that you made it is the southern ridge of Cresta Guzza. Follow this trail to reach the gully. You will see the ridge on the Guzza to confirm. Walk this path further to reach the mountain hut. The northern edge is, by the very least, 30m from the terminal crevasse.

What to expect on the path to Piz Bernina?

Rifugio Marco e Rosa is a common starting point for any trek done in the Bernina Group in the Italian side. Metal steps are found towards this path in springtime. But you will see a steep gully packed with snow during winter. Prepare more carefully if you are only available during winter. Get there in spring season for the better views.

Barres des Ecrins

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Barres des Ecrins 44.922500, 6.360000

Facts About Barres des Ecrins.

Barres des Ecrins is a mountain located in France. Standing at 4101m above sea level. This is the southernmost peak found in the High Dauphine Alps. Hikers climb this peak to get an external view of the Mont Blanc and other peaks as far as the Italian Alps. As the tallest peak found in the National Park. It is subject to certain rules like “No dogs in the park”.

How to get to the top of Barres des Ecrins?

Drive from Pre de Madame Carle for about 4 hours at least to the Ecrins Refuge. From here, walk towards the left side across the Glacier Noir. Summit Post described this path as “across the avalanche debris from the seracs”. You then walk towards the Bergschrund at the foot of the mountain. With the route going 50 to 60 degrees, rock climbing is inevitable towards the saddle. Cross this saddle to trek the main path atop the Ecrins. If the weather conditions are favorable, go up the east ridge. Otherwise, follow the path leading to the Dome de Neige. You reach the peak by the west ridge this way.

What to expect at the Barres des Ecrins?

Speaking of rock climbing, bring a pair of axes, some ice screws, crampons and a GoPro camer. Tuck the GoPro to your chest outside the parka or wind jacket. Book as early as possible in the Ecrins Refuge. The hut is open only between April 13 and May 19 and between June 1 and September 1.

Aiguille Verte

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Aiguille Verte 45.934900, 6.970000

Facts About Aiguille Verte.

Aiguille Verte is found in the same city as the Mont Blanc massif right in Haute Savoie, France. This mountain stands at 4122m above sea level. Tourists come here as it is one of the top skiing summits today. You start at the point though is found at Valais, Switzerland. Its beauty rivaled the views from the summit of Mont Blanc itself and Grande Jorasses.

How to get to the summit of Aiguille Verte?

Take the route towards Refuge du Couvercle starting from Montenvers. Hike towards Refuge d’Envers de Aiguilles. Go down to the western side of Mer de Glace. This path leads you to Les Echelles. Walking takes about 20 minutes at least. Climb another glacier on the western side. Take the southeastern direction from here to Les Moulins. Focus your trek towards south then east of the steep trail to Les Egralets. A climbing track towards the hut just below the Flammes de Pierre. This spot is at the end of the Aiguille du Moine. You will find Refuge du Couvercle on this path. Never take this route based on weather forecast and updates about climate conditions in this area.

What to expect at Aiguille Verte?

Weather conditions on the trail towards the summit of Aiguille Verte. Trekking this mountain is dangerous if traversed on the wrong day. Meteo France constantly posts updates for you to view. Please subscribe to their RSS feed as needed. Train rides can take you to the best stopovers possible. The Chamonix website provides routes by car for your convenience.

Strahlhorn

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Strahlhorn 46.013100, 7.902100

Facts About Strahlhorn.

Strahlhorn is one of the underrated peaks found at the Pennine Alps. It stands at 4190m above sea level. Some trekkers end up discovering other peaks from this mountain. Or it may have been discovered from a hiking trip in one of its adjacent peaks found at the Dom, the Alphubel or any other mountain found in the Mischabel Group in the Alps. Otherwise known as “The Strahlhorn”. It occasionally caused confusion among new tourists as there is another mountain at the Bernese Alps of the same name.

How to get to the peak of Strahlhorn?

Starting from Saas Valley will be a little familiar to you by now. It is one of the starting points of the other Alpine summit, Alphubel. Drive from the Geneva International Airport towards A1. Drive to Losanne then turn to the A9 up to Visp. From Visp, drive upwards to Stalden then get into the Saastal. On this route, you will get to Saas Fee. From here, take one of the lifts towards the Britannia hut.

What to expect at Strahlhorn?

A route from Italy is available for tourists coming from that side of the Alps. But most treks start at the Britannia hut, a highly recommended path as this is one of the closest to the peak itself. Contacting Britannia hut’s reservations’ desk would lead to real-time recommendations too.

Lyskamm

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Lyskamm 45.923300, 7.833600

Facts About Lyskamm

Lyskamm is the eighth tallest mountain in the Alps. That list is still topped off by Mont Blanc. It better known for the 2 summits simply identified as East and West with a long, sharp edge keeping said summits apart. The Eastern peak stands at 4,527m above sea level while the Western peak is at 4,479m above sea level.

Its former nickname “Menschenfresser” served as a warning (or challenge, depending on who you ask) to other trekkers as it is literally translated as “man-eater” in reference to how many climbers died from falling over the snow cornices found by the side.

How to get to Lyskamm?

With the cornices mentioned, traversing the path to Lyskamm is, at most, not as difficult as expected as the cornices are avoidable. The trail extends from Lysjoch to Felikjoch, both starting points upwards the summit.

Starting from Lysjoch leads to an enjoyable ski tour as you trek from said spot to Waeber for about 2 hours, then trekking to Biner next upwards to the Gnifetti hut. The terminal point is at Dumler where a ski depot awaits trekkers.

Plan your climb to Lyskamm.

While the previous paragraph explained one suggested way to reach the pinnacle, several alternative – as many as 6 alternate routes, mostly safe – this is one mountain you climb with some skiing gear in tow. Several mountain huts lined up the trail that even the non-skiing trails have said huts.

What to expect at Lyskamm?

For the trails available for the non-skiing tourists traversing the path, having mountain huts closer to the mountain means better photo opportunities to see the peak from one’s chosen spot among the available mountain huts. Options to tread the Italian side of the trek are also available for tourists booked in the Gnifetti hut.