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