The Aletschhorn is the second highest peak in the Bernese Oberland. It is a majestic isolated peak that rises above the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. The glacier is fed by several large icefields and curves downward for sixteen miles, ending high above the upper Rhine valley. The magnificent beauty of this area has sparked tourist development, including hotels along the glacier. The Aletschorn rises above a small lake which borders on the Aletsch Glacier. The mountain feeds both the lake and glacier with its own tributary glacier. Occasionally small icebergs detach themselves and float into the lake. Because of the isolation of this mountain, its summit provides incredible panoramic vistas, as well as strong, bitter cold winds.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1859|
|First successful climber(s):||Francis Tuckett, J.J. Bennen, P. Bohren, Victor Tairraz|
|Nearest major airport:||Bern, Switzerland|
|Convenient Center:||Bettmeralp or Blatten, Switzerland|
There are 4 trip reports for Aletschhorn.
- Log #45 - by
Rich Majors on Nov 05, 2003Great conditions. Wall was much easier than described in the guidebook. Lots of snow covered most creveasses. Started at about 2 in the morning from Hollandia Hut, and after the top we returned on...
- Log #47 - by Andrew Craig on Apr 01, 2003Andrew Craig, Ben Howison and David Higham reached the Mittelaletsch bivvi hut after crossing the Aletschgletscher. Beautiful place. We made the mistake of arriving directly up the rocks below the...
- Log #48 - by Cor Verhoeckx on Sep 17, 1999On day one we walked from Betten via Bettmeralp, crossing the Aletschglacier to the MittelAletschglacier and bivouac in the MittelAletschbivouachut. This is a pretty long walk, 7 hours. This hut is...
- Log #18869 - by Dr Adam Kupan on Feb 14, 2006We reached the summit from the Mittelaletsch hütte on the normal route. Nice climb after having waited for a week for the clouds to clear up, but that day we had just a beautiful day.