Aletschhorn : Par Mittelaletsch

Aletschhorn : Par Mittelaletsch

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 42 - Oberwallis
  • Swisstopo - 264 - Jungfrau
  • Swisstopo - 1269 - Aletschgletscher

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General

route_types: return_same_way
activities:
durations: 2 day(s)

quality: medium

Rating

PD+     II    P4 
3.2 / E1
PD+ / S3

heights

elevation min/max : 1924 m / 4195 m

height_diff: +2600 m / -2600 m

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

Access

lift_access : yes

orientations

E W S N

description

Approach to the Mittelaletsch Bivouac

Aletschorn
Aletschorn

From Bettmeralp (recommended): Take the lift to the summit of the Bettmerhon (or skin up to the col pte 2722m if you like ascending pistes. Either way you have no choice after the end of the winter season). Follow the SE ridge until pte 2292m, ski pistes.
Descend to the Aletsch glacier (sustained S4/S5 40/45deg for 150/200m) and cross it by weaving through the crevasses. (The best line is usually directly opposite the Mittelaletsch valley, directly under the Eggishorn.) Then go up the valley and the glacier bowl of the Mittelaletsch to reach the Mittelaletsch bivouac, 3013m.

Route.

Climb up to the Aletschjoch (3614m), follow the NE ridge until to top of the Haslerrippe (3718m) and the first plateau. Gain the fore-summit 4087m (In good conditions it is possible to bypass this to the S either on ski or a section of walking.) Then go up to a second plateau to reach a col at the foot of the summit ridge, 4100m. From here climb the ridge (II, mixed) on foot to the summit.

Descent

Descend the same way until the top of the Haslerrippe (3718m). Then descend the ridge on foot to the Aletschjoch (3610m).
From here descend the Mittelaletsch glacier to the main Aletsch glacier and follow the true right bank. Cross at about 2000m and climb up southwards to the col at 2290m. Descend the pistes to Bettmeralp.

New variant:
Since 2009 it has been feasible to the serac band on the s face, (climate change?).
From Pte 3718m descend SSE to the eastern most end of the serac barrier (3600m) on the S face of the Aletschhorn. There is a then short passage leading to a spur at Pte 3471m. From the spur go E down a fairly steep slope to reach the easier angled Mittlealetcsh glacier and the normal route. (Careful: It is not certain how the seracs will evolve in the future and this route is only to be recommended for descent and in good visibility.)

remarks

Height difference:
1st day: 650m descent, 1050m up.
2nd day: 1500m up (in 2 parts), 2500m descent.
There is also quite a lot of level ground to reach the Mittelaletsch bivouac.
No great ski difficulties, but it ia an alpine route with mixed climbing tothe summit an a snowy ridge after the Aletschjoch
NE facing to the summit

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.

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