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Normal Route – Bishorn - Zinal
Mountaineering - Ski Touring
After a long hut approach, a simple glacier ascent leads to the summit of the 4153m Bishorn.
Although a non-technical ascent, the glacier certainly presents crevasse risk and the team must be roped up and vigilant for the climb.
The Tract hut is recently refurbished and is comfortable. There are other small ascents near the hut meaning a good three day trip can be had, climbing to the hut on day 1 and then some training, climbing and crevasse rescue training day 2 followed by the Bishorn and a descent to the valley on day 3.
Required experience/skill level:
Beginner. No prior technical experience required, although a good level of fitness is important for the climb to the hut and then the peak itself.
Length (in metres):
900m ascent from Tracuit hut
2 days (including hut approach)
2.5 - 3 hours in ascent, 1.5 hours descent.
We approach the peak from the village of Zinal in the val d'Anniviers. This is around a two hour drive from Chamonix and could also be accessed by train and bus.
There is good hotel accommodation and campsites in Zinal.
Maximum guide ratio:
Good conditions can exist from March through May for Ski Touring.
For ascents on foot, it is sometimes necessary to use snow shoes early season (April into May). The classic summer season is June through to mid September, although it's possible to extend this either side.
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