The Zapporthorn 3152m is a rare visited peak in the southern part of Switzerland, in the Swiss canton Grisons and very close to the canton of Ticino (Tessin). Zapporthorn is in Lepontine Alps and the Misox Alps. The mountain is at the northern end of the Mesolcina valley (Valle Mesolcina) by the village San Bernardino and the same-named mountain pass San Bernardino pass.
Zapporthorn is the eastern neighbour of the Rheinwaldhorn. On the east side from this mountain is the small glacier "Ghiacciaio de Mucia" and in the north the glacier "Zapportgletscher"
Route & Difficulty- Summer route:
The most favorable way:
Starting point is the San Bernardino mountain pass. On a hiking trail one goes to "Alp de Mucia 2163m" and to the point 2272m (Bec de Mucia). Continue to the small glacier "Ghiacciaio de Mucia" and to the beginning of a broad couloir in the southeast side of the Zapporthorn. Up the couloir one reaches the northeast ridge and the highest point of the Zapporthorn 3152m.
Difficulty: WS+ (PD+) or T6
- Winter/Spring route with ski:
With ski one goes the same route as in the summer. See above.
In winter the San Bernardino pass is closed. You have to start in the village San Bernardino 1629m. At the beginning you have to go along the pass road until the point 1909m "Ca de Mucia".
Ski route: 328 (guide book S"kitouren Graubünden") ¦ 1520 metres in altitude
Online maps for Switzerland:
Map Search - Online Maps
Genziana hut (Capanna Genziana) 1633m : www.sanbernardino.ch
Getting ThereBy public transport:
With the RHB-railway from Chur to the village Thusis. After that with the yellow post bus to villages Splügen and Hinterrhein and through the San Bernardino tunnel to the village San Bernardino.
Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From the city Chur to the village Thusis. After that to villages Splügen and Hinterrhein and through the San Bernardino tunnel to the village San Bernardino.
Coming from Lombardia and Ticino along the San Bernardino highway until the southern side of the San Bernardino tunnel.
Online Route scheduler: route scheduler in english
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
Switzerland tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
San Bernardino tourism: www.sanbernardino.ch
Gisons tourism: www.graubünden.ch
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
In Memory of Cyrill RüeggerA note from the SP staff
Cyrill Rüegger, the member we all used to know as Cyrill and Digitalis, died on June 13th 2009 in an avalanche on the summit ridge of Piz Palü together with his wife Tanja and a common friend. They were swept down by the avalanche into a couloir underneath the east summit and died instantly. Their bodies were retrieved from the Palü Glacier by helicopter a day after the accident.
Cyrill joined SP in March 2006 and soon was one of the most prolific contributors on the site with almost 70 mountain and 5 range pages to his profile. He was an accomplished climber, bagging almost 1000 summits in not quite seven years. Among them are 35 4000ers and 272 3000ers, almost all of them in his home country Switzerland.
While contributing a lot on SP, Cyrill's real internet home was www.hikr.org
where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on www.bergsteigen.at and other climbing sites, often under his real name but also under the pseudonym Digitalis. He was a botanist by profession and also contributed his knowledge about medical plants to different websites. Cyrill will be greatly missed by all.
This page will be kept in honour of Cyrill, one of SP's most prolific members and most active mountaineers.
Rest in peace, brother!
The picture above was taken on the summit of Matterhorn on July 28th 2007.