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Dufourspitze

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  • On the way to the Dufourspitze. It's well worth looking back at the Gorner Glacier and the Matterhorn
    / On the way to the Dufourspitze. It's well worth looking back at the Gorner Glacier and the Matterhorn
    Photo: Denis Gruber, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / The Monte Rosa Hut, starting point for the ski tour to the Dufourspitze.
    Photo: Patrice Biner, Zermatt Tourismus
m 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Furri Monte Rosa Hütte Farmerhaus Dufourspitze Aroleid Restaurant Weiler Furi
The ultimate ski tour. A long ascent up to the highest point in Switzerland with an even longer descent surrounded by Alpine giants back to Zermatt.
difficult
Distance 22.3 km
9:00 h
1,749 m
3,017 m

Start in the early morning when it's still dark. Steep at first, the terrain gradually flattens out slightly. At Sattel (4,355 m), you leave your skis and ascend the ridge. It is likely that crampons will be needed for this stage. The enjoyable ridge climb over snow, ice and rock takes you to the highest peak in Switzerland.

The ascent route to the hut now becomes your descent route. You then head over the snow-covered Gorner Glacier back to Zermatt.

  • Dufourspitze – Switzerland's highest point.
  • Since summer 2020, the Dufourspitze has a new summit cross
  • Long descent covering almost 20 km and 3,000 metres of elevation

Author’s recommendation

It’s worth looking around during the ascent to see the sunrise on the Matterhorn.
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Zermatt Tourismus
Update: November 02, 2020
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Highest point
Dufourspitze, 4,634 m
Lowest point
1,615 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Aroleid Restaurant
Monte Rosa Hütte
Hennu Stall
Blatten

Safety information

  • Always go with a mountain guide on a tour
  • Stay up-to-date with the weather and avalanche status: Snow Report
    More information is available in the Swiss avalanche bulletins (www.slf.ch)
  • Always maintain visual contact with accompanying persons
  • Use key sections and extremely steep slopes individually
  • Never go into a wild game protection zone (these are marked and one will be fined)
  • Always switch the avalanche transceiver (LVS device) unit to transmission
  • Always carry a shovel and a probe
  • Pay close attention to daily atmospheric warming and continually re-evaluate the situation

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

Start

Monte Rosa Hut SAC (2,883 m) (2,883 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'629'145E 1'089'539N
DD
45.956801, 7.814545
DMS
45°57'24.5"N 7°48'52.4"E
UTM
32T 408136 5089931
w3w 
///blunt.diarists.mandates

Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Monte Rosa Hut SAC – Obere Plattje – Satteltole – Sattel (Skidepot) – Dufourspitze
Descent and downhill: Same as the ascent and from Monte Rosa Hut SAC back over the Gorner Glacier to Furi and Zermatt

We recommend to book a mountain guide who knows well the place.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 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 Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'629'145E 1'089'539N
DD
45.956801, 7.814545
DMS
45°57'24.5"N 7°48'52.4"E
UTM
32T 408136 5089931
w3w 
///blunt.diarists.mandates
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Backpack, shovel, probe
  • Avalanche transeiver
  • Warm weatherproof clothing
  • Warm gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm drinks
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)
  • Bring everything you need for an overnight stay in a hut

Important! Requirement: very good skiing skills and abilities, ski touring experience, surefooted with no fear of heights

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Rating

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Christoph Elmer 
May 25, 2021 · Community
Schöne Tour in hochalpinem Gelände zwischen mächtigen Gletscherbrüchen. Ab dem Sattel (4350m Höhe) nur noch Blankeis bis zum Gipfel. Schöner Tiefblick nach Zermatt und sehr lange Abfahrt bis ins Tal.
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When did you do this route? May 23, 2021
Aufstieg Vorgipfel, zu Beginn noch etwas Schnee, danach Eis
Photo: Christoph Elmer, Community
Abfahrt über weite Gletscherhänge
Photo: Christoph Elmer, Community

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Aufstieg Vorgipfel, zu Beginn noch etwas Schnee, danach Eis
Abfahrt über weite Gletscherhänge

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
22.3 km
Duration
9:00 h
Ascent
1,749 m
Descent
3,017 m
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