Finsteraarhorn Group

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Finsteraarhorn Group

Photo of the Finsteraarhorn Group
The Finsteraarhorn Group from above the Oberaarsee

General
Range Bernese Alps
Location Berne (canton), Switzerland
Valais, Switzerland
Highest Point Finsteraarhorn (4,274 m14,022.31 ft
2.656 miles
)
Map
Finsteraarhorn Group (Switzerland )
Finsteraarhorn Group
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[edit] General information

[edit] Geographic location

The Finsteraarhorn 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 1 mountain higher than 4,000 m, the Finsteraarhorn. The massif can roughly be described as containing the Finsteraarhorn and the mountains on its main ridge and subsidiary ridges. The massif stretches from the Fiescherwand in the north-west to the Oberaar Glacier in the south-east. Mountains around the Galmi Glacier, south of the Oberaarjoch, are also part of the Finsteraarhorn Group.

In the west of the massif lies the Fiescher Glacier, the third largest glacier in the European Alps. However, despite its attractive altitude and numerous large glaciers, the massif is not visited as frequently as other massifs, largely due to its central location and remoteness. The Finsteraarhorn Group is surrounded by more accessible massifs such as the Schreckhorn Group in the north and the Fiescherhorn Group in the south.

The main ridge of the Finsteraarhorn Group largely follows the border between the cantons of Valais and Berne. This border is also the watershed between the Rhone and Rhine rivers. The Finsteraarhorn is the culminating point of this Rhine drainage basin. The Finsteraarhorn was dethroned by the Dufourspitze as the highest summit of Switzerland when Valais joined the Swiss Confederation in 1815.

Overview of the Finsteraarhorn Group

[edit] General mountaineering information

The Finsteraarhorn Group offers plenty of mountaineering opportunities, both for novice and experienced mountaineers. The eastern part of the Finsteraarhorn Group offers some easy classical alpinism routes (e.g. Oberaarhorn), while the western part offers more difficult routes on for example the Finsteraarhorn. Due to the large glacial environment, numerous skitouring opportunities exist in the winter and early spring.

Due to its high altitude and glacial environment, the Finsteraarhorn Group offers no extensive trail network or hiking opportunities. The Finsteraarhorn 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 passes through the Finsteraarhorn Group by visiting the Finsteraarhorn Hut and the Oberaarjoch Hut.

Overviews

[edit] Overview of the summits

Mountain Elevation Prominence Country Location Massif Range
Agassizhorn 3,946 m12,946.194 ft
2.452 miles
197 m0.122 miles
646.325 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Altmann (Finsteraarhorn Group) 3,460 m11,351.706 ft
2.15 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Blatthörner 3,040 m9,973.753 ft
1.889 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Finsteraarhorn 4,274 m14,022.31 ft
2.656 miles
2,280 m1.417 miles
7,480.315 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Finsteraarrothorn 3,530 m11,581.365 ft
2.193 miles
195 m0.121 miles
639.764 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton) Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Firehorn 3,182 m10,439.633 ft
1.977 miles
111 m0.069 miles
364.173 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton) Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Grunerhorn 3,436 m11,272.966 ft
2.135 miles
Switzerland Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Hinteres Galmihorn 3,466 m11,371.391 ft
2.154 miles
Switzerland Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Löffelhorn 3,095 m10,154.199 ft
1.923 miles
166 m0.103 miles
544.619 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Nollen (Finsteraarhorn Group) 3,404 m11,167.979 ft
2.115 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Oberaarhorn 3,629 m11,906.168 ft
2.255 miles
244 m0.152 miles
800.525 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Oberaarrothorn 3,477 m11,407.48 ft
2.161 miles
184 m0.114 miles
603.675 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Roossehörner 3,131 m10,272.31 ft
1.946 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Scheuchzerhorn 3,456 m11,338.583 ft
2.147 miles
116 m0.0721 miles
380.577 ft
Switzerland Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Studerhorn 3,638 m11,935.696 ft
2.261 miles
226 m0.14 miles
741.47 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton), Valais Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Vorderes Galmihorn 3,517 m11,538.714 ft
2.185 miles
293 m0.182 miles
961.286 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton) Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps
Wasenhorn 3,447 m11,309.055 ft
2.142 miles
303 m0.188 miles
994.094 ft
Switzerland Berne (canton) Finsteraarhorn Group Bernese Alps

[edit] Overview of the cols and passes

Pass Elevation Country Location Range Massif Pass Members
Agassizjoch 3,749 m12,299.869 ft
2.33 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Agassizhorn, Finsteraarhorn
Fiescherjoch 3,685 m12,089.895 ft
2.29 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Fiescherhorn Group, Finsteraarhorn Group Agassizhorn, Klein Fiescherhorn
Finsteraarjoch 3,283 m10,770.997 ft
2.04 miles
Switzerland Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Schreckhorn Group, Finsteraarhorn Group Agassizhorn, Nasse Strahlegg
Gemschlicke 3,335 m10,941.601 ft
2.072 miles
Switzerland Valais Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Finsteraarhorn, Finsteraarrothorn
Hugisattel 4,088 m13,412.074 ft
2.54 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Agassizhorn, Finsteraarhorn
Oberaarjoch 3,116 m10,223.097 ft
1.936 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Oberaarhorn, Oberaarrothorn
Oberaarrotjoch 3,311 m10,862.861 ft
2.057 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Nollen (Finsteraarhorn Group), Oberaarhorn
Obers Studerjoch 3,408 m11,181.102 ft
2.118 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Finsteraarhorn, Studerhorn
Unders Studerjoch 3,360 m11,023.622 ft
2.088 miles
Switzerland Valais, Berne (canton) Bernese Alps Finsteraarhorn Group Altmann (Finsteraarhorn Group), Studerhorn

[edit] Overview of all the routes

Mountain Hei. Route Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut Maps
Agassizhorn 3,946 m2.452 miles
12,946.194 ft
South-East Ridge CPD- 3.5 Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1249
Agassizjoch 3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
South-West Side DPD 3 Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1249
Agassizjoch 3,749 m2.33 miles
12,299.869 ft
East Side from Schreckhorn Hut GAD 5.5-6 Snow 45 Grindelwald Schreckhorn Hut 1249
Finsteraarhorn 4,274 m2.656 miles
14,022.31 ft
North-West Ridge via South-West Face FAD- 4-5 Mostly Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1249
Finsteraarhorn 4,274 m2.656 miles
14,022.31 ft
North-West Ridge - Agassizgrat GAD 3-4 Snow and Rock Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster Finsteraarhorn Hut 1249
Finsteraarhorn Southern East Face Rib MTD 8-10 Mostly Rock Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Jungfraujoch, Münster, Oberwald Oberaarjoch Hut 1249
Finsteraarhorn 4,274 m2.656 miles
14,022.31 ft
South-East Ridge MTD 14-15 Mostly Rock Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Jungfraujoch, Münster, Oberwald Oberaarjoch Hut 1249
Oberaarhorn 3,629 m2.255 miles
11,906.168 ft
West Ridge DPD 2-3 Snow and Rock II Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Jungfraujoch, Münster, Oberwald Oberaarjoch Hut 1250
Oberaarhorn 3,629 m2.255 miles
11,906.168 ft
South Ridge BF 1-1.5 Mostly Snow Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Jungfraujoch, Münster, Oberwald Oberaarjoch Hut 1250

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)
Finsteraarhorn Hut SAC-CAS Finsteraarhorn Group 3,048 m10,000 ft
1.894 miles
110 0041 (0)33 855 29 55 Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch, Münster
Oberaarjoch Hut SAC-CAS Finsteraarhorn Group 3,258 m10,688.976 ft
2.024 miles
56 0041 (0)33 973 13 82 Fieschertal, Grimselpass, Jungfraujoch, Münster, Oberwald

[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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