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An attractive and relatively short ski tour on the Sackhorn for ski tourers with some Alpine experience. The descent from the summit is difficult and needs a deep covering of snow.
moderate
10.6 km
2:00 h
505 m
1,810 m
The Sackhorn lies on the boundary between the cantons of Berne and Valais between the Gasterental Valley in the north and the Lötschental Valley in the south. The summit lies along a long ridge separating the two valleys from each other. In the south-west, the Sackhorn is joined to the Hockenhorn beyond the Märbiglücke, and in the north-east it is separated from the Elwertätsch by the Tennbachlücke. Wild cliff walls fall down into the Gasterental Valley, interspersed by small hanging glaciers.

Author’s recommendation

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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Author
Sandra Stockinger
Updated: February 17, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
3,165 m
Lowest point
1,400 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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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!

Tips, hints and links

Our mountain guides in the Lötschental:

Start

Mountain station "Gandegg" (2,711 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.425590, 7.758080
DMS
46°25'32.1"N 7°45'29.1"E
UTM
32T 404575 5142084
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Destination

Sackhorn

Turn-by-turn directions

Climb gently from the mountain station "Gandegg" in a north-easterly direction until you are just below the rocky promontory that sweeps down from the 2,919 metre point on the 1:25,000 scale map. You can also reach the rocky promontory from the Hockenhorngrat mountain station by descending just over 350 vertical metres down the ski slope. The tour then leads more steeply into the saddle to the north of the 2,911 metre point. It then continues in a north-easterly direction across the Tennbachgletscher (Tennbach Glacier) and into the couloir that leads to the ridge to the east of the Sackhorn. You may have to complete the final few metres on foot across rocks in the saddle depending on the snow conditions. Keep left on the ridge over a steep slope up to the summit ridge, which then flattens out.

 

Descents options

A direct descent from the summit down the ascent route is possible when there is adequate snow and safe conditions but is classified as "difficult" due to the 43° gradient 40 vertical metres above the saddle and the 40° gradient in the upper section of the couloir. There are a few attractive descent options for the descent below the Tennbachgletscher:

  • Descend to the west of the Stieltihors (refer to Route 329b on the Jungfrau Region Ski-Touring Map 264S)
  • Descend through the Spalihorn Gully (refer to Route 329d on the Jungfrau Region Ski-Touring Map 264S)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The postbus runs every hour from Gampel/Steg or Goppenstein to Wiler ("Wiler, Seilbahn" postbus stop). Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 2-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the mountain station "Gandegg".

Getting there

Drive into the Lötschental from Goppenstein, past the villages of Ferden and Kippel as far as Wiler to the valley cable car station. Take the cable car up to the Lauchernalp, then continue on a 2-seater or 3-seater chairlift to the mountain station "Gandegg".

Parking

You can park your car in the outdoor car park or in the indoor car park beside the cable car valley station (not free).

Coordinates

DD
46.425590, 7.758080
DMS
46°25'32.1"N 7°45'29.1"E
UTM
32T 404575 5142084
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

A full set of glacier equipment is essential. Picks and crampons are recommended in the couloir and on the summit slope depending on snow conditions.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.6 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
505 m
Descent
1,810 m
Scenic Cableway ascent/descent Summit route

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