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Aarbiwak / Aar bivouac

Aarbiwak / Aar bivouac

Aarbiwak / Aar bivouac

Page Type: Hut/Campground

Location: Bernese Alps, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W

Object Title: Aarbiwak / Aar bivouac

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8960 ft / 2731 m


Page By: schmid_th

Created/Edited: May 8, 2007 / Nov 21, 2007

Object ID: 291584

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The Aarbiwak (bivouac) belongs to the SAC Section Pilatus. The bivouac is located on a rock above the eastern part of Strahlegg glacier (coordinates 654.720 / 156.275), not far away from the place where Strahlegg glacier leads into Finsteraar glacier.
The bivouac has 17 sleeping places, blankets and dishes. There are no stoves, even if there exist some other informations.

The bivouac is a central starting point for many routes. It is located at a great scenery between Finsteraarhorn, Lauteraarhorn and Schreckhorn above glaciers and it is a great spectacle when the sun is sinking behind Schreckhorn.

How to get there

Hiking to Lauteraar hut
Lauteraar and Finsteraar glacier

1 normal route:

From Grimselhospiz in 7 hours
Follow the trail to Lauteraarhütte to the crossing of the middle moraine of the Lauteraar glacier. Then follow the moraine and the glacier left of the moraine until you reach Finsteraar glacier. Then walk at middle moraine of Finsteraar glacier to the beginning of Strahlegg glacier. From there you follow the marks of the red-white bars. Attention: On the left side of the glacier are big crevasses!!!
Detailed information for the route from Grimsel Hospiz to Lauteraar hut you will find here: Route information Grimsel - Lauteraar hut

From Schreckhorn hut via Strahleggpass
From Finsteraarhorn hut via Finsteraarjoch and Agassizjoch


SAC maps:
1:25‘000 Blatt 1249 Finsteraarhorn
1:25‘000 Blatt 1250 Ulrichen
1:50‘000 Blatt 264 Jungfrau

SAC guide books:
Berner Alpen Band 4

Hut informations

Markus Brefin
Angelgasse 6
6317 Oberwil b. Zug
Telefon 041 710 39 42

External links:
SAC Pilatus

Possible routes

Lauteraarhorn (4042 m)
Schreckhorn (4.078 m)
Finsteraarhorn (4.273 m)
Scheuchzerhorn (3.462 m)
Ewigschneehorn (3.329 m)
Hubelhorn (3.244 m)
Rothorn (3.003 m)


Hiking to Lauteraar hutLauteraar and Finsteraar glacier.Schreckhorn - LauteraarhornGrimselsee and LauteraarLauteraar GletscherAarbiwak hut