Switzerland’s Valais Massif is particularly famous for its high peaks. Its 42 ‘4000ers’ makes it the Alpine range with the most peaks over 4000 metres. The majority of these peaks are a real challenge, as they require an excellent level of physical fitness and significant skill to climb them. Luckily some of them, including the Weissmies (4023m) are more accessible. It lies in the Saas Fee valley and the traverse of the peak from the Almagell hut offers an especially varied and fun climb requiring a moderate physical effort.
The traverse of the Weissmies is aimed at people wishing to explore the high peaks of the Valais range. The panoramic views afforded all along the climb will certainly make you want to get to know this range, and its huge potential, better.
Day 1: Climb up to the Almagell hut (2894m)
Leave Chamonix for the village of Saas Almagell (1670m). An easy path takes us through typical high-mountain pastures (alpages) to the hut.
Vertical ascent: 1200m
Day 2: Traverse of the Weissmies
We set out by the light of our headtorches. A path leads us to the Zrvischbergenpass (3268m) where the climb actually starts. A series of névés lead to the south-west arête of the Weissmies, which we now follow to the summit. The descent is via the north face that has a marked glaciated feel. We wind our way between the crevasses to reach Hohsaas (3101m) that marks the end of the traverse. The remainder of the descent is by cable car to Sass Grund (1559m).
Vertical ascent: 400m / Vertical descent: 950m
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Accommodation: Half-board in hut.
Group: 2 to 3 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: File can be downloaded .
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Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them
Dates : Saturday & Sunday
June 23rd & 24th – July 07th & 08th – August 04th & 05th – August 18th & 19th – September 1st & 02nd.
Meeting and transport: Meet at 09.00am at the Chamonix Guides Company: 190, place de l’église.
Price 2018: 520€ per person based on minimum of 2 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in Albert 1er hut (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access as per programme,
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point and back to Chamonix,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
Do you already have a group? We can offer this tour on a bespoke basis depending on hut bookings.
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