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    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
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    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
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    Photo: Sandra Stockinger, Lötschental Tourismus
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A magnificent 2-day tour from Blatten to the Mittaghorn with an overnight stay at the SAC Hollandia Hut.
difficult
31.7 km
9:00 h
2,330 m
2,330 m
Stage 1: Begin your tour at the old post office in Blatten and ski at a leisurely pace along the cross-country track up towards the Fafleralp (caution: cross-country skiers and winter hikers have priority on the track). Continue to the Ganderre and Gandegga from the Fafleralp. This is where the long climb starts to the SAC Hollandia Hut via the glacier "Langgletscher". Your efforts will be rewarded! The SAC Hollandia Hut offers a magnificent view over the Konkordiaplatz to the east, the Aletschhorn to the south, and the entire length of the Lötschental Valley to the west.

 

Stage 2: This medium-difficult high-level Alpine ski tour requires a climb of between 3 and 4 hours for the section from the SAC Hollandia Hut to the Mittaghorn, but you will then be rewarded with a breathtaking descent across the glacier "Anugletscher" back to your starting point.

 

 

Other possible ascents to the Mittaghorn:

  • South-west flank: Stay at the Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut to ascend across the glacier "Anugletscher" and via the south-west flank of the mountain.
  • This tour can also be completed in one day by starting it at Fafleralp, but this needs a very early start in order to ensure that you have returned to your starting point by midday.

Author’s recommendation

The SAC Hollandia Hut:
  • 3,235 metres above sea level
  • Overnight accommodation for 80 people
  • Starting point for the Äbeni Flue, Mittaghorn, Aletschhorn and many others
  • Hut phone number: Tel. +41 (0)27 939 11 35
  • Owned by SAC, Berne Division
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Author
Sandra Stockinger
Updated: February 17, 2016
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Highest point
3,840 m
Lowest point
1,530 m
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Safety information

  • We recommend that a state-certified mountain guide accompanies you on this ski tour
  • Plan your tour carefully
  • Ensure that you have a full set of appropriate equipment
  • Never embark on a tour alone
  • Inform friends, relatives, the mountain hut supervisor or the hotel porter of your proposed tour. Report back when you arrive at your destination.
  • Keep a constant eye on weather developments
  • Adhere to the principle: if in doubt, turn back!

Caution: Only attempt this tour in safe conditions. The glacier ice falls in the upper reaches of the Anugletscher are tricky and require a safe choice of route. Accurate knowledge of the current situation is indispensable if you wish to descend from the Hollandia Hut over the Anugletscher.

Tips, hints and links

Our mountain guides in the Lötschental:

Start

Blatten, Post (1,541 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.420644, 7.819583
DMS
46°25'14.3"N 7°49'10.5"E
UTM
32T 409292 5141462
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Destination

Blatten, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1: From Blatten, head towards the Fafleralp via Kühmatt, from where you continue on to the snout of the glacier "Langgletscher". The route continues across the Langgletscher, which does particular credit to its name in the length of its ascent, and onward up to the Lötschenlücke at 3,164 metres above sea level. From there, head in a northerly direction to the SAC Hollandia Hut, which lords over the Lötschenlücke like an eagle’s nest.

 

Stage 2: The tour now heads in a north-westerly direction from the Hollandia Hut over the Äbeni-Flue-Firn to the Anujoch. Possibly carrying your skis on the ridge from this point, depending on snow conditions, continue along the south ridge to its highest point. The summit affords magnificent views down into the valley "Lauterbrunnental" across to the Konkordiaplatz and over to the northern precipices of the Aletschhorn.

 

Descent

Either follow the route of your ascent via the Lötschenlücke and across the Langgletscher back to the Lötschental Valley or, in good conditions, cross the Anugletscher and return to your starting point via the Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut. Depending on snow conditions, the route initially falls for a few metres from the summit down the southern ridge and over the south-western flank (watching out for the shrund) and into the uppermost kettle of the Anugletscher. You can either head down either in the middle of the glacier or along the northerly boundary cliffs between 3,600 and 3,400 metres above sea level. Then descend in a southerly direction below the Grosshorn to the southerly boundary cliffs of the Jegichnubel at 2,800 metres above sea level. To the west of the lateral moraines, the descent then leads over steeper slopes down to the Peter Tscherrig Anen Hut, onward to the Fafleralp and finally down to Blatten depending on the snow levels.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The post bus runs hourly from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Blatten – "Blatten, Post"  bus stop.

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden, Kippel and Wiler to Blatten as far as the old post office.

Parking

You can leave your car in the car park by the old post office in Blatten (not free).

Coordinates

DD
46.420644, 7.819583
DMS
46°25'14.3"N 7°49'10.5"E
UTM
32T 409292 5141462
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

  • A full set of glacier equipment is essential.
  • Skitourenkarte Jungfrau 264S (The Jungfrau Region Ski-Touring Map 264S) - This 1:50,000 scale topographical map includes the ski tours in the Lötschental Valley, which are described in more detail in the SAC Tour Guide available from the Lötschental Tourist Information Office in Wiler or online at www.loetschental.ch/webshop

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
31.7 km
Duration
9:00h
Ascent
2,330 m
Descent
2,330 m
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