OverviewBetween all the 4000m peaks in the Mischabel Group, the Gross Bigerhorn seems a summit of very little interest. However, people who honour the Gross Bigerhorn with a visit are rewarded with a fine view to the peaks of the Mischabel and Bernese Oberland and only for that reason the Gross Bigerhorn is worthy of ascent. But it is especially in combination with a traverse of the Balfrin that the Gross Bigerhorn comes to its right being part of a long high alpine outing in a magnificent scenery. The Gross Bigerhorn was first climbed on its own via the normal route in 1891 by W Grôbli with A Pollinger snr.
The Gross Bigerhorn is built up of 3 ridges. The WSW Ridge, which is the normal route from the Bordierhütte, the SW Ridge, which links the Gross Bigerhorn to the Balfrin, and the NNW Ridge, which is the most difficult ridge and provides the best climbing.
- WSW Ridge - PD (2 hours)
- SW Ridge - PD (1 hour)
- NNW Ridge - AD (7 to 8 hours)
- from the Zermatt Valley, starting from Gasenried and with an overnight stay in the Bordierhütte (SAC - 2886m - 56 places - Phone: 0041 (0)27 956 19 09)
- from the Saas Valley, starting from Saas Fee and with an overnight stay in the Mischabelhütte (AAC - 3329m - 130 places - Phone: 0041 (0)27 957 13 17)
CampingThere are a number of camping sites in the Saas and Zermatt Valleys. These are just 2 options.
- Camping Mischabel 0041 (0)27 957 29 61 (Saas)
- Camping Am Kapellenweg 0041 (0)27 957 40 40 (Saas)