Strahlhorn : Normal route from the Britannia hut

Strahlhorn : Normal route from the Britannia hut

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 47 - Monte Rosa
  • Swisstopo - 284 - Mischabel
  • Swisstopo - 1348 - Zermatt
  • Swisstopo - 1328 - Randa
  • Swisstopo - 1329 - Saas

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General

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

quality: great

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Rating

F     II    P4 
2.3 / E1
PD+ / S3

heights

elevation min/max : 2989 m / 4190 m

height_diff: +1400 m / -2600 m

route_length: 17.145 km

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

orientations

E W S N

route_history

First ascent: 15.08.1854 byChristopher Smyth, Ulrich Lauener, Edmund J. Grenville and Franz-Josef Andenmatten.

description

Approach to the Britannia Hut, 30mins

Cable car to Felskinn 2989m, take the horizontal track, (piste basher track) to the Egginerjoch then cross a scree slope to the SE to the hut.

Route

From the Britannia hut, descend 120m, then cross the Hohlaub glacier to pass at about 2900m the spur coming down from the Hohlaubgrat (Pte 3144m).
Continue up the Allalin Glacier towards the Adlerpass (3789m).
A little before the col, climb up towards the WNW ridge to join it about 100m above the col.
Reach the summit by the gentle slopes between the WNW and N ridges.

Descent

By the same route.

Variant

One can descend directly down the small glacial valley without going onto the ridge above the col. (Careful: large crevasses.)
There is a 50-100m climb back up to the hut. (Risk of snow slides)

remarks

  • No great difficulties but some superb views.
  • The Britannia hut is very comfortable, with feather beds and music in the morning to wake you up.
  • Possibility to bivouac near the hut or on the glacier.

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

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