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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Kanton Bern, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.59120°N / 8.11900°E

Object Title: Schreckhorn

Elevation: 13379 ft / 4078 m


Page By: Diego Sahagún

Created/Edited: Jan 24, 2002 / Feb 26, 2007

Object ID: 150811

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Schreckhorn is in the Eastern Bernese Oberland, between Grimsel and the Fiescher and Eismeer Glaciers. It forms with Lauteraarhorn an impressive double-summit. Schreckhorn is the culmination point of a 10 Km ridge that extends from the NW to the SE over Mettenberg (3.104 m), Ankenbälli (3.164 m), Gwächtenhorn (3.164 m), Klein Schreckhorn (3.494 m), Nässihorn (3.741 m), Schreckhorn itself, Lauteraarhorn (4.042 m), Kleines Lauteraarhorn (3.737 m) and Lauteraar Rothörner (3.473 m). It's the most rugged and hardest 4.000 meter mountain in the Bernese Alps.

This mountain is hard to approach, regardless from which side. In this point we can compare Schreckhorn with mountains like Aiguille Verte or Dent Blanche. What makes Schreckhorn a wanted target for mountaineers are its challeging and beautiful rocky ridges, like NW and SW ridges. And what about the magnificent rocky S face? To complete the picture you can test youself on the W or NE faces. And very important, when you try one of the routes on Schreckhorn, you can rest assured that you won't run into a crowd. Even the normal route, the SW ridge, is too hard to attract the masses. But for those who don't mind the suffering of getting to the foot of the mountain and a hard but exciting climb, will certainly be more than rewarded.

First climbed by Leslie Stephen with the guides Christian, Peter Michel and Ulrich Kaufmann in 1861. SW ridge was first climbed by J.H. Wicks, E.H.F. Bradby and C. Wilson on July, 26th 1907.

Getting There


National motorways lead from Basel, Geneva or Zurich via Berne to Spiez. From here Grindelwald can be reached in about 45 minutes on very good roads.

Distances to Grindelwald from:

Bern 72 km
Luzern 85 km
Basel 175 km
Zürich 193 km
Milano 358 km
Strasbourg 513 km
Frankfurt 408 km
München 495 km


There are daily direct ICE-, Eurocity-, Intercity-, CISALPINO- and TGV-trains from various European cities to Interlaken. From here, there are direct rail connections to Grindelwald. The total travelling time Interlaken - Grindelwald is 35 minutes.


The international airports of Zurich, Basel and Geneva offer direct rail connections to Interlaken - Grindelwald. The Berne airport is connected to the railway system by airport taxi.


It's the cableway Grindelwald to Pfingstegg (which means 'Whitsun corner').

Buy yourself a one-way ticket at Talstation (1.028 m) and enjoy the ten minute ride to Pfingstegg (1.391 m). See LINKS for details about prices and timetables.


Three huts are at your diposal to attempt Schreckhorn. For the routes on the W and S side and the traverse Schreckhorn-Lauteraarhorn, there is the Schreckhornhütte (2.530 m). For the routes on the NE side you'll have to attain either the Glecksteinhütte (2.317 m) or the Lauteraarhütte (2.392 m).

Schreckhornhütte (2.530 m)
The path up to the Schreckhornhütte departs from Grindelwald (1.034 m) and leads us up alogside the E borders of the Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher and the Unterer and Obers Eismeer. It's a very long approach, about 6 hours, but to my knowledge one of the most splendid approaches in the entire Alps. 4 h 30 min from Pfingstegg cable station.

SAC, 90 places (57 in winter), built in 1979 / 80, opens from July to late August, phone: 033 - 855 10 25.

Glecksteinhütte (2.317 m)
The path to the Glecksteinhütte starts at Hotel Wetterhorn (3 h 30 min) or Grindelwald (4 h 30 min), it's also of a rare beauty with magnificent views on the NE side of the Schreckhorn chain. From Hotel Wetterhorn shorten by Haltestelle Glecksteinweg (2 h 30 min) but be careful in Winter / Spring with the avalanches. If you spend the night in this hut (that serves a great breakfast) and you have a bit of luck, you might spot a colony of steinbocks.

SAC, 120 places (32 in winter), first built in 1880, opens from early June to late September, Postauto from Grindelwald station to Hotel Wetterhorn, phone: 033 - 853 11 40.

Lauteraarhütte (2.392 m)
SAC, 50 places, placed at Handegg / Grimsel Hospiz, first built in 1882, opens from July to late August, phone: 033 - 973 11 10

Gasthaus Stieregg
Phone: 036 - 565318

When to Climb

From late June to early October. Be prepared for snow on the trail early in the season, and variable conditions at all times. Thunderstorms are common in July. Late August often sees clear skies and stable weather.


Grindelwald, Landeskarte der Schweiz 1:25.000.

264 Jungfrau, Landeskarte der Schweiz 1:50.000.

Berg: Schreckhorn

External Links

  • Topin
    Weather and a webcam from Grindelwald-First focusing Schreckhorn area (right of the photo). In German.
  • Pfingstegg
    Prices / timetible of the cable car, status of the infrastructure, geology notes, some hikes and a sketch are the most interesting links. In German and English.
  • Pictures of the Bernese Oberland
    Site with pictures of the area around the Schreckhorn (Stieregg, Glecksteinhütte, Wetterhorn, Mönchsjochhütte, Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald)
  • Homepage of berghaus/restaurant Stieregg
    Half-way the route towards the Schreckhornhütte
  • Schreckhorn at www.4000er.de
    Images, routes, coordinates and more information about the highest peaks of the Alps

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Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

Hasn't voted

dmiki, add it if you want. I'd like to have it in the "Getting There" section, if you don't mind.

Posted Aug 27, 2004 12:29 pm
alpenkalbUntitled Comment


Voted 5/10

I assume the keeper will write the normal route based on his personal experience. If you do not mind I add the south ridge.
Posted Jan 30, 2002 10:49 am
dmikiUntitled Comment


Voted 8/10

Maybe add a map of the Jungfrau region?
Posted Aug 27, 2004 7:56 am
Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

Hasn't voted

dmiki, add it if you want. I'd like to have it in the "Getting There" section, if you don't mind.

Posted Aug 27, 2004 12:29 pm
GarfieldUntitled Comment

Hasn't voted

Posted Dec 12, 2005 6:56 am
iamptarmiganUntitled Comment

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In June 2005 the trail leading to the Schreckhorn-hutte from Grindelwald was closed, after it had collapsed in rock fall. Swiss engineers were last reported to be building a new route to the hutte, and anyone visiting the area would be advised to check if the trail is now open.
Posted Jan 24, 2006 2:27 pm

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