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Agassizjoch between Agassizhorn and Finsteraarhorn

Elevation 3,749 m12,299.869 ft
2.33 miles
Location Berne (canton), Switzerland
Valais, Switzerland
Range Bernese Alps
Massif Finsteraarhorn Group
Between Finsteraarhorn
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DMS Coor. 46°32´48"N, 8°7´2"E
Swiss Coor. 652050 / 154970
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Coordinates Information

Nearby Features
Aar Bivouac, Agassizhorn, Alte Strahlegg, Fiescherjoch, Finsteraarhorn, Finsteraarhorn Group, Finsteraarhorn Hut, Finsteraarjoch, Gemschlicke, Hugihorn, Hugisattel, Lauteraar Rothörner, Nasse Strahlegg, Obers Studerjoch, Pfaffestecki, Studerhorn, Unders Studerjoch, Wannenhorn Group
Alpinist's Info
Base(s) Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster
Hut(s) Finsteraarhorn Hut, Schreckhorn Hut
Topo. Map SLK 1249: Finsteraarhorn
Easiest Route Rating PD PD
Agassizjoch (Switzerland )


[edit] General information

The Agassizjoch (3,749 m12,299.869 ft
2.33 miles
) is a high mountain pass in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. The pass connects the Walliser Fiescherfirn and the Finsteraar Glacier on the border of the canton of Berne and Valais. The pass lies between the Agassizhorn on the north and the Finsteraarhorn on the south. The pass was an important access point to the Finsteraarhorn Hut from Grindelwald before the opening of the Jungfraubahn (train from Grindelwald through Eiger and Mönch to Jungfraujoch) and the road to Grimsel Pass.

For more information see Finsteraarhorn Hut.

[edit] History

The Agassizjoch was first crossed from NE to SW by James John Hornby, Thomas Henry Philpot and F. Morshead together with Christian Almer, Christian Lauener and Jakob Anderegg on 7 August 1866.

[edit] Routes

[edit] South-West Side (PD)

Agassizjoch: South-West Side (edit infobox)
Summit Approach
Summit Agassizjoch (3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
Valley base(s) Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster
Route Type Snow (3 h) Hut Finsteraarhorn Hut (3,048 m1.894 miles
10,000 ft
Difficulty Rating PD PD Difficulty Rating F F
Height Gains Hut - Summit: 701 m0.436 miles
2,299.869 ft
Useful Maps SLK 1249: Finsteraarhorn (Maps)
#1: Topo of the SE ascent routes of the Agassizhorn

From Finsteraarhorn Hut follow the east side of the Walliser Fiescherfirn to the foot of a rockrib at P. 3105 and climb in NE direction up a crevassed firnhang, coming down the Agassizhorn. In the mid third section move from from east to west for risk of ice fall.

[edit] East Side

[edit] From Schreckhorn Hut (AD)

Agassizjoch: East Side from Schreckhorn Hut (edit infobox)
Summit Approach
Summit Agassizjoch (3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
Valley base(s) Grindelwald (1,034 m0.642 miles
3,392.388 ft
Route Type Snow, 45° (5.5 - 6 h) Hut Schreckhorn Hut (2,529 m1.571 miles
8,297.244 ft
Difficulty Rating AD AD Difficulty Rating F F
Height Gains Hut - Summit: 1220 m0.758 miles
4,002.625 ft
    -    Valley - Hut: 1495 m0.929 miles
4,904.856 ft
    -    Valley - Summit: 2715 m1.687 miles
8,907.48 ft
Useful Maps SLK 1249: Finsteraarhorn (Maps)

From Finsteraarjoch (3,286m) cross horizontally south on the foot of the 45° ice couloir that provides access to the Agassizjoch. One climbs at the start in the middle of the couloir and crosses the Bergschrund, from here one climbs on 'firn'. At ca 3,500m go right on the rock ridge that brings you to the Agassizhorn flank. Over the brittle rock ridge till ca 100 m under the saddle. From here traverse left(S) the icy firn couloir untill 3,600 m rigde. Here up to the main ridge, then a few steps left to the pass. In good snow conditions in spring the couloir can be climbed direct.

[edit] From Aar Bivouac (AD)

[edit] Overview

Route Name Hei. Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut S. Gain Maps
Agassizjoch: South-West Side 3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
DPD 3 Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 701 m0.436 miles
2,299.869 ft
Agassizjoch: East Side from Schreckhorn Hut 3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
GAD 5.5-6 Snow 45 Grindelwald Schreckhorn Hut 1,220 m0.758 miles
4,002.625 ft

Hei.:Height, Dif.: Difficulty, Dur.: Duration, S. Gain: Meters from hut to summit
Summit map is always listed first. If a map is used for 2 km and another map for 1 km, the 2 km map will be listed before the 1 km map. Overview of the Swiss maps & Italian maps.

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