Britannia Hütte

Page Type Page Type: Hut/Campground
Location Lat/Lon: 46.05979°N / 7.93294°E
Additional Information County: Saas Fee
Additional Information Elevation: 9941 ft / 3030 m


Britannia Hütte
Britannia Hütte



The Britanniahütte 3.030 m (SAC) is a mountain hut located in the Swiss Alps in the Mischabel Massif (Pennine Alps), Canton of Valais. It is one of the most-booked SAC huts and marks the start of the legendary Haute Route. 

The shelter is frequented as a support base for climbing three very coveted 4000er: Strahlhorn, Rimpfischhorn and Allalinhorn.



The hut is over a century old, in fact it was built  in the year 1912 on the initiative of some British members of the Swiss Alpine Club. At that time the shelter had a capacity of 34 sleeping places. It was subsequently expanded in 1951 and again expanded as well as fully renewed in the 1997.  It now offers 134 comfortable beds, three dining rooms and modern bathrooms. The hut is one of the most modern huts in the Alps.
You have a great view to Allalinhorn, Strahlhorn and Weissmies group. Far away you see the Bernese Alps.

Strahlhorn and Rimpfishhorn labelled seen from Britannia Hut
Strahlhorn and Rimpfishhorn labelled seen from Britannia Hut

How to get there

Britannia hut
On the way from Plattjen

Route 1
Saas Fee - Felskinn - Egginerjoch - Chessjengletscher
(45' from Felskinn)

Route 2
Saas Fee - Plattjen - Wandflue - Heidenfriedhof - Chessjengletscher
(2 h from Plattjen)

Route 3
Saas Almagell - Zer Meiggeru - Mälliegge
(4 h from Saas Almagell)

To Saas Fee you get by car from
the north:
via Lötschberg and Visp
the south:
via Furka or Simplon and Visp

Distances to Saas Fee:
Basel 210 km
Bern 112 km
Brig 38 km
Zürich 246 km
Milano 250 km
Frankfurt 550 km
Munich 650 km

Saas Fee is free of cars. There is a big parking store at the beginning of the village where you have to leave your car.

By public transport you reach Saas Fee:
by train from Zürich to Brig in 3 hours
from Frankfurt to Brig in 6.15 hours
from Milano to Brig in 1.45 hours

by bus from Brig and Visp (1 time per hour)

Useful info

Britannia Hütte 3030 m

Sleeps: 115
Winter shelter: 12
Owner: SAC Genevoise, Avenue du Mail 4, 1205 Genève
Guardian: Dario Andenmatten
Telephone:+41 (0)27 957 22 88

Climbing suggestions

1. Egginer 3366 m
Difficulties starting with III
Time: 2 - 4 1/2 h

Strahlhorn and Rimpfischhorn
Strahlhorn and Rimpfischhorn

2. Strahlhorn 4190 m
A great alpine tour technical easy (F+)
Time to the summit: ca. 5 h

3. Fluchthorn 3790 m
It lays before the Strahlhorn and is a great Ski tour.
Time to the summit: ca. 3 1/2 h.

4. Rimpfischhorn 4198 m
A great combined alpine tour (PD+ or via North ridge AD)
Time to the summit: ca. 6 1/2 h

5. Allalinhorn 4027 m 
via Hohlaub ridge (PD+)
Time to the summit: ca. 3 1/2 h

6. Alphubel 4206 m
After reaching the summit of Allalinhorn via Hohlaub ridge (PD+)
Time to the summit: ca. 7 h

Allalinhorn and Alphubel
Allalinhorn and Alphubel

External links



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