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Normal Route – Bishorn

Route:

Normal Route – Bishorn - Zinal

Category:

Mountaineering - Ski Touring

Route Gallery:

Route description:

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):

Summit: 4153m

900m ascent from Tracuit hut

Time/duration:

2 days (including hut approach)

2.5 - 3 hours in ascent, 1.5 hours descent.

Starting point/base:

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:

1:5

Normal season:

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.

Links/ featured courses:

Please see our scheduled trips pages, but contact us for private guiding for dates that suit you.

Lifts/huts etc:

Tracuit hut webpage.

 

Comments/notes:

Last lift accessed ski tour of (my) season from Contamines yesterday.

Plenty of folk out enjoying the good conditions on the classics.

A weeks holiday away from the mountains now. Rest time before the @trofeomezzalama race at the end of the month.

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6 days ago

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A big couple of days on the wild Miage glacier taking advantage of the great spring ski touring conditions.

Up Mont Tondu and then today over the Miage after a night in the Conscrits refuge. Which served a vegetarian meal to the whole hut last night, meaning it’s now my favourite refuge. 🌱

Over 3500m of ascent and some very good snow on the way down.

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Off the beaten track in the Aiguille Rouge today.

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#skimo #skitouring
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Updated the Iran Ski Touring Photo Gallery today. Video on it's way.... #ski
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Well the express Haute Route didn’t exactly go to Plan. A meter of fresh snow at altitude put paid to that.

We headed south and spent a great couple of days around the Mont Thabor area. Nice hut, quiet and loads of good skiing. Despite the cloud.

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