Ski Saas 4000ers
Level 4 : Guided Skiing
This circular route across the high glaciers of the Mischabel gives a spectacular week climbing three 4000m peaks, the Allalinhorn (4027m), Strahlhorn (4190m) and Alphubel (4017m). While none of the peaks are technical they are all at high altitude and are strenuous climbs.Dates & Booking
An adventurous ski trip into the heart of the Mischabel mountian range
Incredible views of the surrounding 4000m peaks
High altitude glacial skiing and amazing long off-piste descents
Expert ski guiding and instruction from experienced ISM Guides
Is This Course For Me?
The Saas 4000ers is a great progression if you have completed our 'Ski Touring Skills' course and also a Level 2 hut to hut journey, where you will have developed your skills and gained experience, before tackling the higher 4000m peaks that you will find on this course. You will require a basic level of general mountaineering experience for any steeper terrain that you're challenged with.
Ski ability required: This is a very demanding tour at high altitude. Prior ski-touring experience is essential and you should have effective turns off-piste in a variety of snow conditions. A high level of fitness is very important as a typical day could involve up to 6 hours of uphill skiing (up to 1400m of ascent).
Skiing the 4000ers
The ISM Saas 4000ers explores the higher peaks around the Saas valley, staying in mountain huts as well as in valley based hotel accomodation.
This circular route across the high glaciers of the Mischabel gives a spectacular week climbing three 4000m peaks, the Allalinhorn (4027m), Strahlhorn (4190m) and Alphubel (4017m). While none of the peaks are technical, they are at high altitude and are strenuous climbs.
An exciting traverse over the Mischabel range climbing three 4000m peaks and the Fluchthorn (3795m).
- Ski touring and attempting a number of 4000m peaks
- Refresh ski touring skills
- Develop general mountaineering skills on steeper terrain
- Glacial travel and crevasse rescue
- Planning each day, weather and snow conditions
- Avalanche awareness and route finding/navigation
- Develop off-piste ski technique
- Enjoy a fantastic high mountain ski experience
6.45pm - We meet at our accommodation at 'Zurbriggen Sports' (Saas Grund).
We take a bus to Saas Fee and the first lift to Mittel Allalin where we make the glaciated climb to the Allalinhorn (4000m - 600m vertical, 3hours). We descend to spend the night in the Britannia hut (3030m).
After a comfortable night at the Britannia hut, we have an early start to climb the Fluchthorn (3795m - 850m vertical, 3 hours 30 mins). Descending the north/north east flank. We return for a second night at the Britannia hut.
This is a big day, traversing over to the Zermattertal. We start by retracing our tracks from yesterday and then branch out to climb the Strahlhorn (4190m - 1300m vertical, 5 hours). We then descend to the Adler pass, where a rope is normally necessary, to descend the short but steep slope to access the Adler gletscher. We ski the Findelglestcher to the Sunnegga lift system which we take to Zermatt adn stay the night at the Banhoff Hotel.
Using the Sunnegga lift system we pass by the Fluealp Berg Restaurant on our ascent to the Pfulwe (3155m - 850m, 3 hours). From here we enjoy the north facing slopes to Tasch Alp and a short ascent takes us to the Tasch hut (2701m - 500m vertical 1hour 30mins), where we spend the night.
The Alphubel (4206m - 1500m vertical, 6 hours) is a big push on the last day. An early start heading east to the Alphubel gletscher takes us to the Alphubeljoch (3771m). From here we head north to summit the Alphubel. We descend the massive Feegletscher to Langflue where the pistes take us back to Saas Fee. We return by bus to Saas Grund and Zurbriggen Sports where we spend the last night.
Saturday - Depart after breakfast.
Maps: Mischabel 284 S 1:50K
Course Dates & Booking
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IFMGA British Mountain Guide
Originally from the flatland of Norfolk, Matt soon escaped to the highlands of Scotland, to cut his teeth on the Scottish winter climbing scene there. He then worked full time at Plas Y Brenin in North Wales…Read More
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Testimonials For ISM
The course content was brilliant. No knocking whatsoever. We had Jacky for the duration, and his experience shines through and his leadership. He taught me a lot of things, not just the black and white of things but actually quick methods to overcome tricky situations!
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)
Terry was a wonderful guide and made everything fun, laid-back and an overall good experience. I would be happy to ski or climb with him again. All the logistics in Leysin and in Italy went smoothly. A really nice time.
Advanced Ski Touring Skills (Instructional Course)
Fantastic trip, both Steve and Sandy were amazing! Wholeheartedly loved the trip, already looking at doing another one!
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)