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Dom Ascent

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  • Starting point the Dom hut (2'940 m)
    / Starting point the Dom hut (2'940 m)
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Passion Fotografie
  • / Safely en route with a local mountain guide
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Alpin Center Zermatt
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The Dom, at 4,545 m, is the highest mountain located completely within Switzerland. This majestic mountain is part of the Mischabel group. The starting point of this tour is the Dom Hut at 2,940 m.
Distance 11.1 km
9:30 h
1,574 m
1,574 m

It was Canon Berchtold, who gave this peak its name when he undertook the first survey measurements of the Dom and Täschhorn peaks.

During the tour, one goes over strongly cracked glacier sections until the Festijoch. Once here, one makes a short descent to the Hohberggletscher. The trail then makes a large circle below the glacier calving. Since one climbs parallel to the crevices, great care must be taken. Below the summit, one comes to a large drift that one cannot recognise as such from the top. This must absolutely be avoided. 

The requirements for this climb are excellent physical fitness, experience in using crampons and good acclimatisation. The climb takes about 6-7 hours from the Dom Hut. Once on the summit, the breath-taking panorama proves worth the effort; many have the feeling of overlooking the entire world. The descent to the Dom Hut lasts about 4 hours. But be careful: The way all the way back to the valley is long.

  • Snow tour on the glacier and short rock climbing
  • The overall difficulty of the tour is given as “WS” (less difficult)
  • A mountain guide is strongly recommended
  • Warning: glacier crevasses

Author’s recommendation

We recommend a guided tour with mountain guide who knows well the place. Further information and mountain guide agency:

If you just want to experience what it is like to climb the Dom without having to climb the mountain yourself, you can do it with the “Mammut 360° Project”.

Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village Zermatt.

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Update: November 30, 2020
Highest point
Gipfel Dom, 4,545 m
Lowest point
2,938 m
Best time of year
First ascent
11. September 1858

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

Further information & mountain guide agency

Hike up to the Dom hut

Mammut Project 360°


Dom Hut (2,940 m) (2,940 m)


Dom (4,545 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent from the Dom hut - Dom
(Hiking time for the descente approx. 3 to 4h)

We recommend for this tour to book eventually a mountain guide who knows well the place.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Randa: less than 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Randa.

Getting there

The drive from Visp to Randa takes about 30–40 min. The road leads through the wild and beautiful Mattertal valley.


There is a public multi-storey car park by the railway station in Randa; simply follow the signs.


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend:

  • Climbing boots with a profiled rubber sole suitable for use with crampons
  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Crampons
  • Headlamp
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Ice axe
  • Full-fingered gloves (poss. spare pair of gloves)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Thermos flask (warm tea is available at the hut) or drinking bottle
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)
  • Backpack
  • Extra layers of clothes

Important! Requirement: very good physical condition, proper altitude acclimatisation, hiking and climbing with crampons

Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Friend/cam offset 0.5-0.75
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Steffen Rühle
August 29, 2018 · Community
Aktuell super Bedingungen, kein Bergschrund nach dem Festijoch
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When did you do this route? August 28, 2018
Christoph Mayrhofer 
August 08, 2018 · Community
Sehr anstrengende Tour, da der Zustieg zur Hütte auch nicht ohne ist (lt. Literatur sogar doppelt so viel wie am Mt. Blanc). Ab 4000m bis zum Gipfel hatten wir lockeren Pulverschnee wodurch der Aufstieg deutlich erschwert wurde. Dauer bei uns (inkl. Pausen & abseilen vom Festijoch) 11:30h Hab den Track mit 1700Hm aufgezeichnet.
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When did you do this route? July 25, 2018
Domhütte im Sonnenuntergang
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
am Hohberggletscher unterhalb vom Festijoch; Achtung: keine Pause unterhalb der Seracs machen
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
beim Flachstück auf ca. 3900m
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
ab ca. 4000m beginnt der nicht enden wollende Anstieg zum Punkt 4479m
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
vom Punkt 4479m bis zum Gipfel wirds nochmal steiler
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
im Abstieg
Photo: Christoph Mayrhofer, Community
Dieter Posch
February 08, 2018 · Community
Im alpinen Stil sehen die Daten anders aus: 1. Tag +1550m zur Hütte, 2. Tag + 1570 zum Gipfel, und dann -3120m hinab nach Randa.
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When did you do this route? July 29, 2017
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Domhütte im Sonnenuntergang
am Hohberggletscher unterhalb vom Festijoch; Achtung: keine Pause unterhalb der Seracs machen
beim Flachstück auf ca. 3900m
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11.1 km
9:30 h
1,574 m
1,574 m
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