Fletschhorn

Lowest mountain of the 3 high summits on the east-side of the Saas-valley. The other peaks are only slightly higher, Lagginhorn (4010m) and Weissmies (4023m). Some argue that Fletschhorn is the most impressive 3000er of the Alps. The normal route is from the Weissmiesh¸tte (2726m), high above the Saas-valley. You can take the cablecar from Saas Grund to a hight of 2400m (the first section) to reach the cabin. From the Weissmiesh¸tte the other summits can also be reached. The other faces of the mountain are more remote; the north-face is one of the great ice-faces of the Alps, and the east-side is barely visited.

Elevation (feet): 13,100
Elevation (meters): 3,993
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.168105
Longitude: 8.003239
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Convenient Center: Saas Balen, Saas Grund, Simplon, Eggen

Thanks to Frank Verwijs and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

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

There are 5 trip reports for Fletschhorn.

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  • Log #12286 - by Bol Slowikowski on Jan 09, 2004
    First attempt at the normal route ended with me nearly being struck by lightning. Second attempt, two days later was perfect. Fine weather, fairytale summit, lots of photos. The climb was not...
  • Log #12287 - by Steve Leharne on July 08, 2003
    Did the Fletschorn Lagginhorn Traverse with mountain guide Chris Ensoll back in July 1997. It was a magnificent day out, made all the better because the previous week had been spent in a rain soaked...
  • Log #12288 - by Richard Franklin on Aug 22, 2002
    Summited from the Weissmeis Hut via the SW Ridge. More difficult than the grade suggests but a great climb.
  • Log #12289 - by Gianni PERELLI ERCOLINI on June 05, 2000
    On the top in 4 hours from Piero De Zen bivak North face in good conditions (may be much better in the next couple of weeks) Return via Breitlobigrat in excellent condition (snow) If you are planning...
  • Log #12290 - by Fred Spicker on Oct 14, 1999
    Ascent via the NW Ridge in very winter like conditions - cold, foggy, windy, etc. WE had planned to traverse to Lagginhorn, but just went back down instead. The first ascent of this peak was made...