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Zinalrothorn (4,221 m.a.s.l.)

The Zinalrothorn lies between the Nikolai Valley and the west-facing Val d'Anniviers, only a few kilometres from the Weisshorn and the Dente Blanche. Its distinctive summit extends diagonally into the landscape, and the rock is of very good quality. The Zinalrothorn is a classic mountain for Alpine climbing with a difficulty of Level 3, which means: the climbing routes are not yet perpendicular and the holding points are very large. The Rothorngrat Ridge (South-west Ridge) is regarded as one of the best rock climbs in the Zermatt area.

Origin of the name
The municipality of Zinal, in the Val d'Anniviers, gave the Zinalrothorn its name. Until the advent of Alpine tourism, however, the mountain was called “Moming”, after the Moming glacier, which lies to the north of the Zinalrothorn.

History / Legends
There is hardly any tour report of the Zinalrothorn that does not mention the Binerplatte of the South-west Ridge. It is crossed left upwards by a length of rope over a sloping crevasse and is secured by drill hooks. It is named after the Zermatt mountain guide Joseph Marie Biner, who was killed in an accident, together with a guest, at this location in 1894.


4,221 m a.s.l.

First climbed

22nd August 1864

First climbed by

Florence Crawford Grove, Melchior Anderegg, Leslie Stephen, Jakob Anderegg


Information for hikers

Different hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Hike from Zermatt to the Rothornhütte cabin

Cabins on the trail / picnic opportunities

Edelweiss, Trift, Rothornhütte cabin

Information for excursions

Information about the various peaks

You have the best view of the Zinalrothorn from the Sunnegga.
With the Sunnegga Express Zermatt - Sunnegga - Zermatt

Short, easy walks or hikes

Sunnegga - Tuftern - Sunnegga

Information for mountaineers / alpinists

Valley location

Zinal (1,675 m.a.s.l.)
Zermatt (1,620 m.a.s.l.)

Starting point

Rothornhütte cabin (3,198 m.a.s.l.)
Cabane Du Mountet (2,886 m.a.s.l.)

Various routes

The three ridges offer good ascents in the medium difficulty range. In addition to the route of the first ascent over the North Ridge, there is also the easier South-east Ridge (III at some locations, otherwise II und I) and the Rothorngrat Ridge (South-west Ridge, IV (short passages), III+). The starting point for the South-east and South-west ridges is the Rothornhütte cabin at an altitude of 3,198 m.a.s.l., and the Mountethütte cabin for the Rothorngrat Ridge at 2,886 m.a.s.l.

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

Rothornhütte cabin (3,198 m.a.s.l.)
Cabane Du Mountet (2,886 m.a.s.l.)

Mountain guides - Experiences / Tips

After the snow ridge, climb the first rock section and then traverse horizontally to the left. From the Eisloch (Ice hole: memorial plaque) always climb the Platten to the left, never in the couloir. Always carry your crampons up to the summit, and do not leave anything underway.

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