Weisshorn

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Weisshorn is a sharp, symmetrical pyramid, with three knife-edge ridges rising steeply to the summit. The northeast face is covered in snow, and appears as a magnificent white triangle. Its perfectly sculpted form rises near the Matterhorn (14,688 ft.), but its relative remoteness maintains its lesser known status. Weisshorn provides a superb variety of climbing opportunities, including several classic ice climbs and rock climbs. The Weisshorn deserves a fame and popularity equal to the Matterhorn, but we're just as glad if the shadow of its more famous neighbor keeps the crowds relatively low on this beautiful peak. Towering to 4506 meters, 14,780 feet, the Weisshorn is a massive 3 ridged pyramid, rising above the Zermatt valley downstream and to the north of the town. Its normal route via the East Ridge is physically and technically demanding, with long sections of 4th and easy 5th class, a tricky and exposed rock ridge requiring care and the occasional belay, and a summit snow or ice slope up to 45 degrees. The altitude is also a part of its challenge, and the vertical gain on summit day is significant at 1600 meters (5248 feet). Overall, the ascent is slightly harder than the Matterhorn, but, most climbers agree, of much higher quality.

Elevation (feet): 14,780
Elevation (meters): 4,504
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.101348
Longitude: 7.716327
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1861
First successful climber(s): John Tyndall, J. J. Bennen
Nearest major airport: Geneva, Switzerland
Convenient Center: Randa, Switzerland

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

Trip Reports

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

There are 15 trip reports for Weisshorn.

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  • Log #22219 - by Roy Lindman on Aug 08, 2011
    "This log is about a failure, but it gives an idea for those who are interested to climb Weisshorn" I started to ascend from Randa using five hours to reach the Weisshorn hut. I slept a few hours...
  • Log #18987 - by Chris Franks on Feb 14, 2006
    Perfect weather and conditions - bone dry rock and a stunningly beautiful sunrise. A fabulous mountain.
  • Log #7731 - by Ernst Verloop on Aug 12, 2004
    Sarted at 3:00 AM from de cabane de Tracuit. First we climed the Bishorn, then we descended to the Weisshornjoch and from there we climbed the north ridge. The climb to thr top took about 9 hours....
  • Log #7732 - by Bill Brotzman on June 08, 2004
    I started the climb up the mountain at 6:00 AM. After a long trudge with my guide Larry Nigitis, we reached the top at about 1:00 PM. When we got back down, it was almost 9:00 PM. It is definately...
  • Log #7733 - by Jacqueline Weishorn on May 23, 2004
    I have made contact with distant cousins in Backnang, Germany. Before I knew of Mt. Weisshorn I had an opportunity in May of 1967? to visit Switzerland and ride the train through the mountain to the...
  • Log #7734 - by filip werniers on Jan 11, 2004
    At the end of August 2003, I finally did what I dreamt of since I Soloed the east ridge in 2000. I started at 3h30 in the morning on camping RANDA (1420m), Went up straight to the summit (4505m) in...
  • Log #7735 - by Richard Faber on Nov 26, 2003
    Great climb. A spectacular shaped mountain and a breath-taking sharp ridge. I started from Weisshorn Hut at about 4 in the morning. Make sure to reach the summit before noon.
  • Log #7736 - by Klaus Tscherrig on June 08, 2003
    As a local mountainguide I offer climbs to all 4000 meter peaks in Swizerland. See you soon!
  • Log #7737 - by Martin Obst on Feb 17, 2003
    Hi all, last year, in the July, I got to the hight of 4100 m on the East ridge, there was about 40 cm of new snow on the ridge, we were too slow to manage it in time so we turned back at about...
  • Log #7739 - by dick stain on Apr 20, 2002
    I climbed this mountain in 1970, I think, with a mate , Tom Harrison. I remember it being a long 20hour day, starting at 2am, if not earlier. A lovely mountain and a splendid climb.
  • Log #7740 - by Olafur Baldursson on Feb 13, 2001
    We were the first Icelanders to climb this beautiful peak. We used the classic east ridge. The ascent went well but when descending the ridge we were caught in a rock "shower". My fiber glass helmet...
  • Log #7741 - by Angelika Sontag on Aug 22, 2000
    On sunday, august 20, 2000 we got up at 2 o'clock in the morning at the Weisshorn Hut at 2932m. We, that is our fantastic guide Engelbert, Uli and myself. Leaving at 2.55am we quickly reached the...
  • Log #7743 - by JAMIE on Jan 05, 2000
    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! WE WERE THE ONLY ONES IN HUT THE NIGHT BEFORE AND ONLY ONES ON MOUNTAIN THE NEXT DAY!!!! FABULOUS!!!!!!
  • Log #7744 - by Alain Figer on Nov 28, 1999
    It is possibly the most beautiful mountain to be looked at in the Alps, and certainly one of the most attractive summits for me. As a consequence, I am looking for one or two partners to climb the...
  • Log #7745 - by Roger Beaudoin on Aug 04, 1999
    I've climbed the Matterhorn, Rimpfischhorn, Pollux and Breithorn with Zermatt Guides. I'd like to climb the Weisshorn next so I'd be interested in any information about the climb. Exposure,...