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Grand Mountet Hut

 
Grand Mountet Hut

Page Type: Hut/Campground

Location: Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.06004°N / 7.65336°E

Object Title: Grand Mountet Hut

Season: Summer

Elevation: 9468 ft / 2886 m

 

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Created/Edited: Mar 17, 2007 / Aug 7, 2011

Object ID: 278627

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Overview

 
Cabane du (Grand) Mountet & Dent Blanche
View of Dent Blanche from the hut

The Grand Mountet Hut (Cabane du Mountet) is found deep in the alpine world surrounded by glaciers and several 4000 meter peaks. It is situated below the Mammouth (3121m) on a rock bed above where the Mountet and the Zinal glaciers meet.

The original hut is from 1887. It has been increased and rebuilt several times: 1919, 1943 and 1996.

The large and well-frequented Grand Mountet Hut has room for 127 with a resident warden during the summer. In the winter season there is room for 50 people.

Getting there

 
View from Val d Anniviers
Looking into the Zinal valley with Grand Cornier in front of Dent Blanche

 
Around the bend
On route from Zinal to the Mountet Hut you come around a bend and it opens up with the Arbengrat on Ober Gabelhorn in full view


Overall information on travel to Zinal is given on the high quality SP Val d'Anniviers page.

Starting from Zinal going south on the east side of the Zinal glacier is a spectacular excursion with many big mountains to admire. First on the list is Grand Cornier (3962m) followed by Dent Blanche (4357m). Coming around the south-west ridge of Besso (3668m) the view opens up to the left with Mont Durant (3713m), Obergabelhorn (4063m), Wellenkuppe (3903m), Trifthorn (3728m) and finally Zinalrothorn (4221m).

The walk to the hut from Zinal, taking 4½-5 hours, is an exciting tour in itself attracting many hikers.

Routes

 
Wellenkuppe and Obergabelhorn with the Mountet Hut in front
A sharp eye can see the hut in the foreground of the mighty Obergabelhorn

There are many alternative tours from the Grand Mountet Hut. The guide books should be consulted for details. Here are a few:

Obergabelhorn (4063m). North-north-west ridge - Coeurgrat (AD, III, 1260m, 6 hours from the hut).North face (TD-, snow and ice to 55 degrees, 2½-4 hours for the face, 6 hours from the hut)

Trifthorn (3728m). North-east ridge (snow, 2½-3 hours from the hut)

Zinalrothorn (4221m). North ridge (AD, III+, 1400m, 5 hours from the hut, considered a superb climb)

Maps and Books

 
Mountet Hut
 

Val d'Anniviers : 1:25.000, Hiking Map
Swiss Map: 1:25.000 Nr. 1327, Evolène

Swindin, Les and Fleming, Peter: Valais Alps East, Selected Climbs, Alpine Club Guide Books, 1999
Goedeke, Richard: The Alpine 4000m Peaks by the Classic Routes, Diadem Books, London, 1991.

Historical book:
Les Cabanes, Du Club Alpine Suisse, No. 12 Constantia au Mountet, 1928

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Images

Around the bendObergabelhorn and Mountet...Mountet HutWalking to the Grand Mountet hutBessoTrifthorn from Mountet hut....Wellenkuppe and Obergabelhorn with the Mountet Hut in front
Packing the sack at the Mountet HutGrand Mountet Hut 2886mDent Blanche and Grand CornierZinalrothorn from the Mountet HutTrifthornTrifthorn