Allalinhorn (4,027 m / 13,212 ft)
Located in Switzerland, in close proximity to the Breithorn, the Allalinhorn is also widely considered to be among the easiest 4,000-meter climbs in the Swiss Alps.
The ascent of the peak begins by taking a lift up to the Mittelallalin, on the mountain’s northwestern ridge. From here, climbers only have 500 vertical meters to ascend before reaching the summit.
This ascent takes place over the mountain’s glacier, which can be easily walked over with the proper equipment. However, various crevasses are located on the glacier, so caution is required of climbers as they ascend.
Once at the top, there are great views over the nearby Breithorn as well as various other peaks in the Swiss Alps.
- Best starting point: Saas-Fee, Switzerland
- Duration of the ascent: 1 day
Bishorn (4,153 m / 13,625 ft)
Situated just north of Zermatt, in south-central Switzerland, the Bishorn is another easy mountain climb in the Alps. Bishorn is one of the northernmost 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps.
Its ease of access makes it an immensely popular climb for first-time mountaineers and begins with a day of hiking from the trail-head to the mountain hut. This is not too challenging but does require a 1,500-meter ascent up stone steps, which have been carved into the mountain.
The second day begins by climbing across the Turtmanngletscher before ascending a snowy saddle to the ridgeline. Turning right at the ridgeline, climbers then cross a bergschrund and walk on to the summit.
Bishorn boasts one of the most beautiful panoramic vistas from the top, with incredible views out over the Weisshorn and into the Rhone valley.
- Best starting point: Zinal, Switzerland
- Duration of the ascent: 2 days
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