Saas-Fee 4,000 meters peaks and Weissmies
Valais - Swiss
Period :June to September
Price :From 1198 €
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Technical level :
Group :From 4 to 4 personnes
Duration :5 jours
Allalinhorn, Weissmies, Alphubel, Rimpfischhorn 2nd peak, the ice-fields of Tasch and Saas-Fee contain four superb Thirteeners peaks, incomparable belvederes on Matterhorn and Mount Rose. Glaciers broad as estuaries, vertical walls and seracs of the Mischabels, undulating slopes of Valais highlands, this tour is one of the most beautiful of Europe. To add speed to safety throughout the ascents of this course, we post one mountain guide for four climbers. Two roped parties will be set up for each ascent of the programme : two climbers will be roped up with the Mountain Guide, and two climbers will form an autonomous roped party, getting technical advices and training from the Mountain Guide. Your level: you have soon practised mountaineering during one week, walking and climbing with crampons, or you soon have climbed the Mont-Blanc with us. You apply correctly the basic techniques with crampons on easy ascents, descents and crossings. You are in good condition (you practise endurance sports twice a week).
Your guide can organize your free roundtrip transfer from Chamonix to Saas-Fee. Contact us as soon as you register to this programme, as the number of places for this free roundtrip transfer is limited. Day 1 Meeting time at Saas-Fee Tourist Office, 8.30 am. Transfer by Felskinn cable-car and Mittelallalin funicular till Mittelalallin, 11,338 feet asl. With light bacpacks, easy ascent up to Allalinhorn, 13,212 feet, superb wiewpoint on all Valais peaks (possibility to leave the backpacks by the height 12,500 feet in order to be lighter on the last slopes). Descent to Mittelalalin, funicular and cable-car down to Saas-Fee. Short transfer to Saas-Grund. Night in a two stars hotel in Saas-Grund. Duration of walking and climbing: 3 hours. Difference of level : + 1,873 feet up, 1,873 feet down. Day 2 Hohsaab cable-car till the upper station, height 10,164 feet. Ascent of Weissmies, 13,198 feet, with light backpacks. After a easy start, the route zigzags between the crevasses of the steepest part of the glacier Triftgletscher. A superb final ridge leads us to the Weissmies peak. Way down back to Hohsaab, cable-car down to Saas-Grund. Night in a two stars hotel in Saas-Grund. Duration of walking and climbing: 5 hours . Difference of level : + 3,034 feet up, 3,034 feet down. Day 3 In the morning, short transfer in Täsch valley, till Stafelti mountain pasture, 6,808 feet. Pic-nic, and then ascent on Ottowan footpath up to Täsch hut, 8,861 feet. Afternoon rest. Night by the hut. Duration of walking: 2 hours . Difference of level : + 2,053 feet up, 0 feet down. Day 4 Ascent of Alphubel, 13,799 feet, with light backpacks. We leave the hut before dawn, climbing up on old moraines till Alphubel glacier. Easily zig-zaging on the soft slopes of the glacier, we reach the Alphubel pass, 12,408 feet. A traverse on the Feegletscher and a steepest slope bring us to the summit plateau and to Alphubel peak. Way down, back in our tracks, to Täsch hut. Night by the hut. Duration of walking and climbing: 9 hours . Difference of level : + 4,938 feet up, 4,938 feet down. Day 5 Ascent of Rimpfischhorn 2nd peak, 13,158 feet, with light backpacks. Same route than yesterday till a little pass which leads us to the Rimpfischhorn glacier. Easy ascent on this glacier till Rimpfischhorn 2nd peak. Way down, back in our tracks, to Täsch hut, and then to Stafelti mountain pasture. Short transfer to Täsch. Separation in Täsch by mid-afternoon. Duration of walking and climbing: 8 hours. Difference of level : + 4,619 feet up, 6,973 feet down. Your mountain guide will do everything possible to make a success of this programme. But, in high altitude, exceptional risks may exist : storms, avalanches, .... Your guide, responsible for your life, may change the route of this programme for your safety. If exceptional risks result in this programme becoming unrealizable, you will ascend other interesting peaks in the Alps during 5 days. No refund will be made in that case, and the programme will not be postponed to any other date. The choice between trying to carry out the programme or ascending other interesting peaks in the Alps will be made by the Mountain Guide (s).
* The price includes: - guiding by a Mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers) - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, first-aid kit, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness - all cable-cars tickets + transfers between Saas-Fee, Saas-Grund and Täsch - the reservation of the places in the mountain huts and in the two stars hotel - lodging and half-board in the mountain huts (2 nights) + two stars hotel (2 nights) * The price does not include: - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks in the huts and hotel - your personal expenses - additional transfers related to a modification of the programme - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "
During this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack. You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes. Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses - goggles * for your upper body : - warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur) - a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket - to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, also protecting your head (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - warm sports skin-tights - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks - a pair of mountaineering gaiters * for your hands : - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 15 Fahrenheit degrees - a pair of Goretex or waterproof mitts ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear, and an additional pair of woollen socks - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your bag pack in case of rain (no bag pack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery. - to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. Bring a silk sheet. - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - your snacks - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera, memory cards and batteries, films - a swimming trunks + a towel (our hotel in Saas-Grund has a inside heated swimming-pool) ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 70 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths. - a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners. - a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes. Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates". - a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted. Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots, are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers. - telescopic walking sticks, if you are used to bring them when you go hiking. A participant in this training course not equipped with mountaineering shoes, or not equipped with "Antibottes" on his crampons will not be authorized to follow the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut.
- 2 nights in two stars hotel in Saas-Grund - 2 nights in Tasch hutte, in dormitories
You have soon practised mountaineering during one week, walking and climbing with crampons, or you soon have climbed the Mont-Blanc with us. You apply correctly the basic techniques with crampons on easy ascents, descents and crossings. You practise twice a week either running, biking or swimming. During the three months before this training course, you must either run 30 minutes 3 times a week, bike 3 hours 2 times a week, or walk through the hills 8 hours each week-end.