Mountains are fascinating. Wide glaciers, jagged ridges, steep rock faces! It's all the more wonderful when you can explore this ancient landscape by yourself and stand on a summit far from everyday life. Our mountain guides will provide a safe and competent introduction to mountain climbing.
On this training tour, you’ll be able to enjoy your first alpine tour safely under the careful supervision of our mountain guides. The following content will be delivered:
- Using crampons and safety equipment
- Handling an ice axe
- Using a rope
- Preparing for a tour
- Any information relevant to equipment
After the course, you will be able to take part in simple alpine tours, led by a mountain guide, e.g. Pollux 4,092 m, Weissmies 4,023 m etc.
Sure-footedness and experience of mountain hiking required; Terrain: moderately steep, rock and ice; no prior knowledge of alpine technique required
Duration from 2 to 5 hours, up to approx. 700 vertical meters, approx. 250 vertical meters per hour.
3-6 participants per mountain guide
11:35 a.m. Saas Fee, bus terminal (bus arrival 11.34 a.m. Saas Fee, bus terminal)
Approx. 3 p.m. from point of departure
The offer is held in German. Therefore, a basic understanding of German is important. Our mountain guides have a basic knowledge of English and can provide the necessary information in English. Often there are helpful guests on the tours and courses who are happy to help with the translation.
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Guiding and supervision by a mountain guide, accommodation with half board: 1 x hut (base camp), rental equipment
- Travel to the course
- Transport (mountain rail travel)
- Snacks and drinks
- Hut tax CHF 12.- per night if not a SAC/Alpine Club member
Day 1 Individual arrival, welcome and information provided by the mountain guide. Distribution of ordered rental equipment. The acclimatization and preparation tour will take you to the Hohlaub Glacier (training). In the heart of the impressive Valais mountains, you will practice using crampons, an ice axe and rope. This training will ensure you feel confident using the equipment. You'll enjoy dinner in good company and prepare for the following day's adventure. (Distance: 3 km. Duration: 1.5 hours. Ascent/Descent: 200/200 vertical meters).
Day 2 Mountain rail will take you from Felskinn to Mittelallalin at 3,456 m in next to no time. You'll traverse the Fee Glacier, a glaciated plateau of impressive dimensions. At this level, you can get used to the altitude without too much physical effort. The knowledge acquired on day one regarding the use of crampons and ice axes will come in very useful on the steep ascent towards the summit. The ascent to the highest point is worthwhile in every way. In addition to that incredible feeling of having managed to reach the top of a 4,000-meter peak by yourself, you can look forward to a tremendous panoramic view of the Western Valais 4,000-meter peaks, the Mont Blanc area, the Gran Paradiso Chain with the Aosta Valley, the Po Valley all the way to the distant Bernina Group and the Bernese Alps. Congratulations on climbing this impressive 4,000-meter peak! The descent will take you to the Mittelallalin station and from here the train will take you back to the green pastures of the Saas Valley. (Distance: 6.5 km. Duration: 3.5 hours. Ascent/Descent: 550/550 vertical meters).
Our mountain guide will bring the ordered rental equipment to the meeting place. The following equipment can be rented:
Please note that the backpack with the equipment does not weigh more than 8 to 10 kg (crampons, ice axe, harness weigh about 1.5 kg).
- Climbing harness with 1x safelock carabiner
- Ice axe
- Crampons with ABS
- Eiger Extreme Hardshell Jacket
- Climbing harness with 2 screwgate Carabinners and 1 Prusik
- Ice axe
- Crampons with ABS
- Backpack approx. 30l with rain cover
- Gaiter (optional)
- 1x Hardshell jacket and pants (wind- and waterproof)
- 1x Mountaineering or trekking pants
- 1x Soft shell and/or fleece jacket
- 1x Short/long functional underwear
- 1x Cap/headband and 1x hat
- 2 pairs of gloves (1 thin pair, 1 warm, windproof and waterproof pair)
- 1x Functional socks and 1x spare socks
- Mountaineering shoes (at least ankle-deep, hard sole)
- Own toiletries, ear plugs if required
- clothes to wear in the hut (Minimum)
- slipper socks are at the hut
- Sleeping bag liner made of silk or cotton (for hygienic reasons)
- Pillow (60x60)
- Protective masks (2 masks for each overnight stay)
- SAC/Alpine Club member card (if avalaible)
- Breakfast and dinner at the hut
- Tea an lunch must be brought or can be bought at the hut
- Snacks (e.g. energy bars, dried fruit, dried meat)
- Sun cream and lip cream (SPF 30 or higher)
- Camera and binoculars (optional)
- half fare travelcard (if existing)
- Thermos flask made from break-proof material
- headlamp with new batteries
- Small medicinal supplies for personal requirements