Nadelhorn : NE Ridge (Normal Route) from the Mischabel Hut

Nadelhorn : NE Ridge (Normal Route) from the Mischabel Hut

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Map

  • Swisstopo - 47 - Monte Rosa
  • Swisstopo - 284 - Mischabel
  • Swisstopo - 1328 - Randa

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General

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

quality: medium

Rating

PD     II    P4 

heights

elevation min/max : 1790 m / 4327 m

height_diff: +2600 m / -2600 m

slope: 45°

gear

glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear

orientations

E W S N

route_history

Franz Andenmatten, Baptiste Epiney, Aloys Supersaxo and J. Zimmermann, 16 september 1858.

description

Approach 3h from Hannig, 4 h from Saas Fee.

Either walk from Saas Fee (1800m) or take the cable car to Hannig (2320m). (12,50 CHF with half price card or free with a Saas Fee tourist card.)
From Hannig, follow the path which traverses to the foot of the ridge that leads up to the hut. This is equipped with cables and ladders.

Route

Climb the rocky ridge above the hut then reach the Hohbalm glacier without difficulty. Cross the glacier to the N and climb the snow slope up to the Windjoch (3850m).
Now climb the NE ridge, firstly snowy then rocky, by mainly following the crest. It is possible to make some detours to the right to avoid some of the rock climbing. The last 100m involves more continuous scrambling, (II). The summit is small and can be quite busy on a sunny weekend.

Descent

By the same route.

remarks

Route finding on the ridge is easy, crossing the glacier can be a little more awkward.
Nice route with good views of the NE face of the Lenzspitze.
Mischabel Hut 3340m. Tél.: + 41 (0)27 957 13 17. Guarded from the end of June until October, 130 places. Sometimes without water.

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

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