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The Dom 4545m from the Dom hut

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At 4545 meters the Dom is the highest peak entirely within Switzerland and the third highest in the Alps. Summiting the highest peak in the imposing Mischabel group remains a goal for many an ambitious mountaineer. While less travelled than the other famed high peaks like the Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze the splendid feeling of being underway on one of the most beautiful snow peaks in the Alps with stunning panoramic scenery. Even though its technically not difficult, the elevation as well as the length of the trip are very demanding due to no cable car access. It is therefore advisable to prepare yourself accordingly and it is ideal to arrive 1-2 days prior to acclimatize. 

This climb requires a very early morning alpine start. From the Dom hut a trail continues along a moraine to the Festi Glacier. We ascend along the northern edge of the glacier and finally scramble up some easy rocks to the Festijoch and the Hohberg Glaciers. After an initially flat section, the steep route takes us to the saddle between the fore-summit and the main summit of the Dom before we reach the top. Up here, the world is at your feet and the 360 degree view is extraordinarily impressive.

The descent is via the same route.


++   Snow tour of medium difficulty.

+++  Very good athletic fitness. Acclimatisation advantageous


Ascent 1600m in 6hrs
Descent 1600m in 3hrs

Private tour CHF 1320 for 1-2 persons (excl. the overnight stay in the hut)


Equipment required:

climbing harness
crampons with antibott
ice axe
hiking pole
head lamp
windproof and warm clothing
(possibly gaiters)
beanie or hat
sunglasses and sun protection

Equipment hire: 

CHF 25 for climbing harness, crampons, ice axe & hiking pole

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