Finsteraarhorn

Elevation (feet): 14,019
Elevation (meters): 4,273
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Berner Oberland
Latitude: 46.5333
Longitude: 8.13333
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1829
First successful climber(s): Franz Hugi and party
Nearest major airport: Bern, Switzerland
Convenient Center: Brig, Switzerland

Finsteraarhorn is the highest peak of the Bernese Oberland. It is a steep, majestic pyramid, rising from a web of glaciers. Despite its superior height, its northwestern neighbors, Jungfrau (4158m), Mönch (4099m), and Eiger (3970m), are more famous, owing in part to Eiger's towering north face, in part to the tourism that has built up around them.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 16 trip reports for Finsteraarhorn.

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  • Log #20910 - by Christine Theodorovics on July 31, 2007
    Excellent weather. Long climb. Worth it!
  • Log #18748 - by roger gaff on Feb 14, 2006
    NE ridge from Finsteraarhorn Hut via the Hugisattel.
  • Log #14896 - by Mike Green on Nov 01, 2004
    We had a great day on this peak, having approached from the Jungfraujoch via a traverse of the Gross Fiescherhorn the day before. The final ridge, in particular was very pleasing with great views....
  • Log #14897 - by Mike Green on Nov 01, 2004
    I first ascended the Finsteraarhorn after a traverse of the Gross Fiescherhorn the day before (great views down to Grindelwald). A year or so later I decided to descend from the Finsteraarhorn Hut...
  • Log #14885 - by Javier Corripio on Apr 26, 2003
    Beautiful peak at the heart of the Impressive Berner Oberland (nearby Konkordia Platz is ice 3km wide, 2km length, 1km thick!) Summited on 17 April, 2003 (with Cecile, Jorge and Javier). Good...
  • Log #14886 - by Martin Sperka on Aug 30, 2002
    The most difficult is the approach to the Finsteraarhorn hut, if you do not consider quite expansive (for former East European still significant part of the monthly salary) way from Jungfrajoch,...
  • Log #14887 - by peter haczek on Nov 08, 2001
    Finsteraarhorn is a very beautiful peak....
  • Log #14888 - by res blum on June 17, 2001
    Some years ago, I was crossing the summit from SE to NW, comming from the Grimselpass via the Oberaarhütte to the Finsteraarhornhütte. It's really a long trip over the SE-ridge with great views...
  • Log #14889 - by Geert Cromphout on Nov 27, 2000
    Beautiful summit. Long ascent. The rock-climb from Huggi-sattel is easy (with some stupendious views into the N-face). But beware of the hight.
  • Log #14890 - by Martin Kleinebrecht on Sep 07, 2000
    We climbed Finsteraarhorn on the 17th of August 2000. Arrived on the summit after a 4 hours climb from the Finsteraarhorn hut (it almost killed my lungs), 3 hours back to Finsteraarhorn hut....
  • Log #14891 - by dr. lars muehlmann on Aug 29, 2000
    conditions were rather tough. strong winds cloudy sky and the fear of thunderstorm. no ice on the rocks. from finsteraarhornhuette and back 8 hours
  • Log #14892 - by Wim Roelants on Oct 23, 1999
    Normal route Excellent weather Ridge very icy Alone on the summit. !!!
  • Log #14893 - by Martijn Castien on Sep 13, 1999
    Fantastic mountain, ascend from Aletsch gletscher, Finsteraarhornhutte, descend via Fiescher gletscher (with guide!!!) My first 4000er, so very exciting
  • Log #14894 - by Andrea Girardi on Aug 18, 1999
    Easy and beautiful ascent from FinsteraarhornHutte
  • Log #14895 - by Koen Verelst on June 13, 1999
    I did climb the finster on a tourski week in berner oberland in the month of mai
  • Log #14898 - by andrew craig on Nov 24, 1998
    Andrew, Ben, Alastair and Henry tried to reach the hut up the Fieschergletscher, but failed miserably. We drove round to Grindelwald instead. Train to Jungfraujoch, down glacier to Konkordia (one of...