OverviewThe Klein Furkahorn stands just over the Furka Pass. Easy accessible (not more than a scrambling on a stony ridge) panoramic point, it offers to the visitors a large and comprehensive view over the Bernese as well the Vallis-Pennine and Lepontine Alps. The look around will show you Monte rosa and Michabel, Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Fiensteraarhorn, Lautheraarhorn and Shreckhorner, Galenstock and the Rhone Glacer, Basodino, Blinnenhorn to the Bernina Group far in the east.
Instead of the famous surrounding peaks, like Gross Furkahorn, Gross Bielenhorn and Galenstock which offer altogether spectacular alpinistic climbing, the Klein Furkahorn might be considered as a good option for a short easy walking to a wonderful panoramic point (about 1.5-2 hours from the pass to the top). It might be a nice stop along the traditional 4 passes (Furka, Grimsel, Susten and Gotthard pass) tour as we have done recently.
Anyway the shout-west ridge offers a nice long climbing between II to IV UIAA.
Getting ThereFurkapass is located on the main road between Andermatt and Oberwald. There is bus service over the pass, but the schedule is inconvenient for a day climb. Thus if one does not have an automobile, an over night stay at or near the pass would probably be required.
From the parking place at the Refuge Furka you can easily recognise a cable-car station (2665 m) on the north side of the pass. Follow for about 300 meters the marked (white/red/white) path to the Sidelehutte then turn left in direction of the cable car station. When you arrive close to a stone (picture) look for a path that rises in direction of the point 2814 m on the south-east ridge. Easy walk to the saddle (panoramic point) then once there just follow the easy ridge to the summit signal and cross. From the Saddle at 2800 m you can follow the white/blue/white marks to the top
A possible alternative (but in the lower part, till about 2700 m it is not always very evident) it is just to follow form the same starting point a white/blue/white path that would joint together with the above described way. This path it is not very evident anyway, but the direction to the top it is.
Red TapeEasy scrimbling to the top.
Anyway good mountain boots, warm clothes and.....intelligence are required.
This is also a sky-mountain summit
OvernightThe klein Furkahorn can be easily climbed in half a day.
Anwyay for the visitor that planned some days in the sourrounding, there are several options.
Confortable hotels and guest-house are availeable in Andermatt, Hospental and Realp, as well in Gletsch (on the bivy to the Grimsel pass).
Close guest house and uts are:
1. Refuge Furka, closed at the moment
2. Belvedere Hotel http://www.vs-wallis.ch/wallis/huetten/furkah.html
3. Hotel Tiefenback http://www.vs-wallis.ch/uri/huetverz/tiefenbach.html
4. SidelenHutte http://www.vs-wallis.ch/uri/huetverz/tiefenbach.html
Some suggestionThe Uri-Alps are very spectacular
Maybe a good place for some days. From the Sidelenhutte excellent climbing on Gross Furkahorn, Gross Bielenhorn
The Dammstock and Galenstock offers classic alpinisitc and sky itinerary
The 4 passes tour is very nice
Maybe you can add this small peak as a panoramic moment of the tour