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At 3415m the Oberrothorn is the highest of Zermatt's mountains attainable by the walker being some 9m above the Mettelhorn on the far side of the valley. Indeed, one of the highest hiking trails in the Alps, the so named Weg zur Freiheit or Freedom Path, leaves the cable car station on the lower peak of Untherrothorn just to the West and climbs the peak by its southern slopes. This is the asiest way to the summit and is a fine walk with the views of most of the area's 4000m peaks including the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Monte Rosa making it well worth the effort! A longer day out can be achieved by making the ascent from Blauherd, Sunegga or - for an epic 1800m climb - from Zermatt itself.

The northern and eastern sides of the peak are much more recipitous with steep crags dropping from the summit and a pinnacled ridge leading eastwards to the 4199 m Rimpfischhorn. Routes on this side are of a more technical nature and should be left well alone by the unguided walker!

Elevation (feet): 11,204
Elevation (meters): 3,415
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.027678
Longitude: 7.812877
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Geneva
Convenient Center: Zermatt

Thanks to Pete Buckley and Marshall Hall for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There are 2 trip reports for Oberrothorn.

  • Log #20866 - by Pete Buckley on July 10, 20073.00 stars
    I made the ascent in July 06 from the Unterrothorn and descended by the path to Blauherd. The views are spectacular all the way, with the Mischabel Range appearing at the last moment. The cable car...
  • Log #22015 - by J. Vranjes on July 23, 20103.00 stars
    Climbed together with my two daughters. Unproblematic walk, yet one feels the altitude. Spectacular views to the chain of 4000ers around.