Fiescherhorn Group

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Fiescherhorn Group

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Overview of the Fiescherhorn Group in the middle of the picture

Range Bernese Alps
Location Berne (canton), Switzerland
Valais, Switzerland
Highest Point Gross Fiescherhorn (4,048 m13,280.84 ft
2.515 miles
Fiescherhorn Group (Switzerland )
Fiescherhorn Group
Fiescherhorn Group
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[edit] General information

[edit] Geographic location

The Fiescherhorn Group is a massif located in the center of the Bernese Alps on the border of Valais and Berne, Switzerland. The massif contains some of the highest mountains of the Bernese Alps and has 3 mountains higher than 4,000 m, the Gross Fiescherhorn, Hinter Fiescherhorn and Gross Grünhorn. The massif can roughly be described as containing the aforementioned mountains and some subsidiary ridges. The massif stretches from the Gross Fiescherhorn in the north to the Grünhornlücke in the south, which separates it from the Wannenhorn Group. The west side of the massif is separated from the Jungfrau Group by the Unners Mönchsjoch and the east side from the Finsteraarhorn Group by the Fiescherjoch.

In the east of the massif lies the Fiescher Glacier, the third largest glacier in the European Alps. In the west of the massif lies the Ewigschneefeld, a feeder glacier of the Grosser Aletsch Glacier which is the largest glacier of the European Alps. These large glaciers make the Fiescherhorn Group a relatively frequently visited massif. The massif is easier accessible than the Finsteraarhorn Group for example, but less accessible than the Jungfrau Group which it borders on the west.

The main ridge of the Fiescherhorn Group (Fiescherwand) is clearly visible from Grindelwald. For a long period of time, the steep wall was considered impossible to be climbed. However, the wand was climbed directly from Grindelwald by W. Welzenbach and H. Tillmann in 1930.

Overview of the Fiescherhorn Group

[edit] General mountaineering information

The Fiescherhorn Group offers plenty of mountaineering opportunities, mostly for experienced mountaineers. Due to its altitude and limited number of mountain huts, most routes are relatively long. Many mountaineers are attracted by the 3 mountains over 4,000 m which are located in close proximity to each other. Due to the glacial environment, numerous skitouring opportunities exist in the winter and early spring.

Due to its high altitude and glacial environment, the Fiescherhorn Group offers no extensive trail network or hiking opportunities. The Fiescherhorn Group will almost certainly require travelling over sometimes dangerously crevassed glaciers. As a consequence, this region should only be visited by people with some level of mountaineering experience. A famous hiking tour crossing the main glaciers of the Bernese Alps visits the Fiescherhorn Group by passing through the Grünhornlücke.


[edit] Overview of the summits

Mountain Elevation Prominence Country Location Massif Range
Gross Fiescherhorn 4,048 m13,280.84 ft
2.515 miles
398 m0.247 miles
1,305.774 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Gross Grünhorn 4,043 m13,264.436 ft
2.512 miles
305 m0.19 miles
1,000.656 ft
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Grünegg 3,287 m10,784.121 ft
2.042 miles
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Grünneghorn 3,860 m12,664.042 ft
2.398 miles
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Grünhörnli 3,595 m11,794.619 ft
2.234 miles
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Hinter Fiescherhorn 4,025 m13,205.381 ft
2.501 miles
102 m0.0634 miles
334.646 ft
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Klein Fiescherhorn 3,895 m12,778.871 ft
2.42 miles
65 m0.0404 miles
213.255 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Klein Grünhorn 3,913 m12,837.927 ft
2.431 miles
63 m0.0391 miles
206.693 ft
Switzerland Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Obere Buggel 2,831 m9,288.058 ft
1.759 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton) Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Pfaffestecki 3,144 m10,314.961 ft
1.954 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton) Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps
Walcherhorn 3,693 m12,116.142 ft
2.295 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Fiescherhorn Group Bernese Alps

[edit] Overview of the cols and passes

Pass Elevation Country Location Range Massif Pass Members
Fiescherjoch 3,685 m12,089.895 ft
2.29 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Fiescherhorn Group, Finsteraarhorn Group Agassizhorn, Klein Fiescherhorn
Fieschersattel 3,923 m12,870.735 ft
2.438 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Fiescherhorn Group Gross Fiescherhorn, Hinter Fiescherhorn
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m10,761.155 ft
2.038 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Wannenhorn Group, Fiescherhorn Group Grünhörnli, Wyssnollen
Unners Mönchsjoch 3,523 m11,558.399 ft
2.189 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Bernese Alps Fiescherhorn Group, Jungfrau Group Mönch, Walcherhorn

[edit] Overview of all the routes

Mountain Hei. Route Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut Maps
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m2.038 miles
10,761.155 ft
West Side BF 2 Snow Blatten, Fieschertal, Jungfraujoch Konkordia Hut 1250
Grünhornlücke 3,280 m2.038 miles
10,761.155 ft
East Side BF 2 Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1250, 1249

Hei.:Height, Dif.: Difficulty, Dur.: Duration: 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.

[edit] Overview of the mountain huts

Hut Hut Type Massif Elevation Places Hut Phone Nr Starting Valley/Village(s)
Bergli Hut SAC-CAS Fiescherhorn Group 3,299 m10,823.491 ft
2.05 miles
20 0041(0)33 828 78 13 Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch

[edit] Additional photos

[edit] Recommended books

      The Swiss Alps (Cicerone Guide) by Kev Reynolds

      The Alpine 4000m Peaks by the Classic Routes by Richard Goedeke

      Bernese Oberland: Selected Climbs (Alpine Club Guides) by Les Swindin

      Bernese Oberland East: Interlaken - Grindelwald - Meiringen (Rother Walking Guide) by Daniel Anker

      The Bernese Alps: A Walker's Guide (Cicerone Guide) by Kev Reynolds

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