Alpine tour

Dom Ascent

The Dom, at 4,545 m, is the highest mountain located completely within Switzerland. This majestic mountain is part of the Mischabel group. The starting point of this tour is the Dom Hut at 2,940 m.

  • Type Alpine tour
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 9,30 h
  • Distance 11,1 km
  • Ascent 1574 m
  • Descent 1574 m
  • Lowest point 2938 m
  • Highest point 4545 m


It was Canon Berchtold, who gave this peak its name when he undertook the first survey measurements of the Dom and Täschhorn peaks.

During the tour, one goes over strongly cracked glacier sections until the Festijoch. Once here, one makes a short descent to the Hohberggletscher. The trail then makes a large circle below the glacier calving. Since one climbs parallel to the crevices, great care must be taken. Below the summit, one comes to a large drift that one cannot recognise as such from the top. This must absolutely be avoided. 

The requirements for this climb are excellent physical fitness, experience in using crampons and good acclimatisation. The climb takes about 6-7 hours from the Dom Hut. Once on the summit, the breath-taking panorama proves worth the effort; many have the feeling of overlooking the entire world. The descent to the Dom Hut lasts about 4 hours. But be careful: The way all the way back to the valley is long.

  • Snow tour on the glacier and short rock climbing
  • The overall difficulty of the tour is given as “WS” (less difficult)
  • A mountain guide is strongly recommended
  • Warning: glacier crevasses

Ascent from the Dom hut - Dom
(Hiking time for the descente approx. 3 to 4h)

We recommend for this tour to book eventually a mountain guide who knows well the place.

We recommend:

  • Climbing boots with a profiled rubber sole suitable for use with crampons
  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Crampons
  • Headlamp
  • Weatherproof clothing
  • Ice axe
  • Full-fingered gloves (poss. spare pair of gloves)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Thermos flask (warm tea is available at the hut) or drinking bottle
  • Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)
  • Backpack
  • Extra layers of clothes

Important! Requirement: very good physical condition, proper altitude acclimatisation, hiking and climbing with crampons

We recommend a guided tour with mountain guide who knows well the place. Further information and mountain guide agency:

If you just want to experience what it is like to climb the Dom without having to climb the mountain yourself, you can do it with the “Mammut 360° Project”.

Crampons, climbing harnesses and helmets can be rented in different sport shops in the village Zermatt.

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Map and arrival