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Wetterhorn from the Monch

Wetterhorn from the Monch

 

Wetterhorn from the Eiger

Wetterhorn from the Eiger

Ascent of the Wetterhorn ( 3701m )

The Wetterhorn dominates the Grindelwald Valley with its great triangular 1300metre high limestone wall rising vertically from the meadows of the valley floor.

It is a 3 hour climb on a steep path traversing a series of cliffs to reach the large Gleckstein Hut situated in upper pastures.

From the hut ( after the usual early morning alpine start ) a track leads over stony ground to reach the Krinnen Glacier. On the far side it is a long, steep climb ( alpine grade PD ) over mixed ground - rocks, scree and snow to gain the Wettersattel - the col between the Wetterhorn and the adjacent Mittelhorn.

A final steep snow slope brings one to the summit and a dramatic viewpoint - immediately below the summit the cliffs drop sheer to Grindelwald in the valley floor far below. The superb panorama of peaks that unfolds to the west includes the famous alpine trinity of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

Wetterhorn Gallery : Wetterhorn Ascent Route


Wetterhorn Gallery : Monch Gallery

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