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Bishorn (4,153 m.a.s.l.)

The Bishorn is located above Zinal and, together with the Diablons, forms the north end of the Dent-Blanche nappe. It is in the immediate vicinity of the Weisshorn, and has two summits. From the West Summit, there is an impressive view of the Weisshorn Ridge, of which the Bishorn is an extension. The ascent from the Cabane de Tracuit via the North-west Flank to the East Ridge is regarded as being one of the easiest 4,000-metre routes in the Alps. 

Origin of the name 
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History / legends 
“The happiness that the mountains give their loyal followers is a very special thing; it cannot be forced. But anyone who feels this happiness will be forever under the spell of the mountains. They make him infinitely rich, and I also believe that he can never be completely poor again!” These are the words of Eleonore Noll-Hasenclever (1880 – 1925), describing the attraction of the Bishorn. The successful German lady mountaineer is buried in Zermatt, having lost her life in the descent from the Bishorn. Her gravestone can be found in the Mountaineers’ Cemetery in Zermatt. She was taught the fundamentals of alpinism by Alexander Burgener from Saas Fee, who was probably the most popular mountain guide of the Belle Époque. She climbed the Matterhorn eight times, and a total of 21 4,000-metre summits. Eleonore Noll-Hasenclever wrote a number of books about her experiences in the Alps, including “The Ascent of the Dôme de Rochefort over the Aiguille de Rochefort and the Mont Mallet” and “In den Saaser Bergen (In the Saas Mountains)”. Her memoirs were published in 1932 under the title “Under the Spell of the Mountains (Den Bergen verfallen)”. 


4,153 m.a.s.l.

First climbed

18th August 1884

First climbed by

G.S. Barnes, R. Chessyre-Walker, Joseph Imboden, J.M. Chanton

Information for hikers

Different hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Part of the Europaweg Trail from Sunnegga to the Europahütte cabin

Mountain cabins en route / picnic opportunities

Sunnegga, Europaweg cabin, Europahütte cabin

Mountain railway offers


Information for excursions

Information about the various peaks

You have the best view of the Bishorn from the Sunnegga
With the Sunnegga Express Zermatt – Sunnegga - Zermatt

Short, easy walks or hike

Sunnegga - Tuftern - Sunnegga

Information for mountaineers / alpinists

Valley location

Zinal (1,675 m.a.s.l.)
Gruben (1,822 m.a.s.l.)

Starting point

Cabane de Tracuit (3,265 m.a.s.l.)
Turtmannhütte cabin (2,519 m.a.s.l.)

Various routes

The starting point for the normal route over the North-west Flank is the Cabane de Tracuit (3,265 m), which can be reached from Zinal (1'675 m). Crossing the Bishorn via the normal route and the South-west Ridge to the Weisshorn Col is the best ascent to the Weisshorn North Ridge. In the spring, you can climb almost all the way to the summit of the Bishorn on skis using the normal route.

North-west side

  • Difficulty: L, I (French scale: F; with I. UIAA-level rock climbing)
  • Duration: 2½ hours
  • Starting point: Cabane de Tracuit (3,265 m)
  • Valley location: Zinal (1,675 m)

North-east Face

  • Difficulty: S, IV (French scale: D; with IV. UIAA-level rock climbing)
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Starting point: Turtmannhütte cabin (2,519 m)
  • Valley location: Gruben (1,822 m)

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

Cabane de Tracuit (3,265 m.a.s.l.)
Turtmannhütte cabin (2,519 m.a.s.l.)

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