Mettelhorn

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Wallis, Switzerland, Europe
Elevation:
11174 ft / 3406 m
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Created On: Oct 1, 2001
Last Edited On: Sep 16, 2008

Overview

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Mettelhorn is a bleak shadow in this area where nine of the ten highest mountain in The Alps is situated.
However, we all need training, spots for acclimatization and sideshows.
MettelhornNORTH FACE
Mettelhorn 3406mVIEW FROM PLATTHORN

Getting There

From the airports in Milan, Geneve or Zürich it takes 3-5 hours with train or car to Zermatt 1600m.
From this carfree village we are walking northwest. The ascent is 1800 meters, 4 –6 hours on good stony slope and with a small safe glacier under the peak. On the way up you pass a cosy restaurant at Alterhaupt 1900 m, and another at Trift at 2300 m.

Tad wrote:
A much nicer alternative for this hike is to take a trail that begins at the northern end of the railway station. Cross the tracks to the west and take the trail going diagonally north up the western (i.e., east-facing) slope of the valley. The trail continues in switchbacks between small clifs first in the general north-west direction, and then back south-west. Soon after you pass through the first zone of anti-avalanche barriers you come to a flatter place at about 2400 m where you meet a wider trail coming from Trift. There is a sign there pointing to Zermatt (where you came from) and Trift (ahead, slightly down); you take the third trail to the right (NOT indicated on the sign). That goes first diagonally to the north and after a few hundred meters switches back to the south-west, reaching the lower-south edge of another zone of avalanche barriers. From there (about 2600 m) the trail traverses horizontally west , after about 800 meters you cross a stream and join the trail coming from Trift.
The views most of the way are superb, in contrast to the route through Trift which follows a gorge and has very limited view.
VIEW FROM FURGGJI PASS TOWARDS MATTERHORN, DENT D'HÉRENS AND OBERGABELHORN



Red Tape

No red tape.

When To Climb

June-October.
On TopON TOP
Descent from MettelhornBETWEEN METTELHORN AND PLATTHORN

Camping

Camping is allowed all over, but don´t put up your tents to close to Zermatt or to the cottages in the mountains. It is 115 (!) hotels in Zermatt.

Mountain Conditions

MatterhornHIKING UP
Web-cam for the area:
Breithorn-Matterhorn

WEATHER-REPORT:
Alpenverein
SLF
Phone from abroad: ++411162
Zermatt-Weather

All kind of information:
Zermatt
Alagna


Maps and books

Schweizer Landeskarten:
1:25000 no. 1348 Zermatt
1:50000 no. 5006 Matterhorn-Mischabel
1:50000 no. 284 Mischabel
1:50000 no. 294 Gressoney
(to order at DAV Service)

BOOKS

Hermann Biner, Hochtouren im Wallis. Vom Trient zum Nufenenpass. 2nd ed. 1996.
ISBN 3-859022-160-5

Helmut Dumler/Willi P. Burkhardt, The High Mountains of the Alps. 1994.
(to order at amazon.com)
ISBN 0898863783

Helmut Dumler/Willi P. Burkhardt, Viertausender der Alpen. 11th ed. Munich 1998.
ISBN 3-7633-7427-2

Michael Waeber, Walliser Alpen. DAV-Gebietsführer. 12th ed. Munich 1999.
ISBN 3-7633-2416-X

Michel Vaucher, Walliser Alpen. Die 100 schönsten Touren. 2nd ed. Munich 1990.
ISBN 3-7654-2124-3




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