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Bishorn with the Turtmann glacier

Bishorn with the Turtmann glacier

height 4153  m above sea level M.
location Canton of Valais , Switzerland
Mountains Valais Alps , Weisshorn Group
Dominance 0.79 km →  Grand Gendarme
Notch height 95 m ↓  Weisshornjoch
Coordinates 621 368  /  107420 coordinates: 46 ° 7 '5 "  N , 7 ° 42' 54"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and twenty-one thousand three hundred and sixty-eight  /  107420
Bishorn (Canton of Valais)
First ascent August 18, 1884 by GS Barnes , R. Chessyre-Walker led by Joseph Imboden and J. M. Chanton
Normal way Northwest flank of the Cabane de Tracuit (L)
Pointe Burnaby

Pointe Burnaby

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The Bishorn is a four - thousand - meter peak with two peaks in the Valais Alps . The higher western summit reaches a height of 4153  m above sea level. M. and towers over the east summit ( Pointe Burnaby , 4135  m above sea level ) only insignificantly. From the summit there is an impressive view of the mighty Weisshorn -Nordgrat, the extension of which is actually the Bishorn.

The starting point for the normal route over the northwest flank is the Cabane de Tracuit ( 3256  m ), accessible from Zinal ( 1675  m ). Crossing the Bishorn via the normal route and the southwest ridge to the Weisshornjoch is the best approach to the Weisshorn north ridge. In spring you can climb almost to the summit of the Bishorn on skis over the normal route.

The first ascent of the western summit was made on August 18, 1884 by G. S. Barnes and R. Chessyre-Walker, supported by their guides Joseph Imboden and J. M. Chanton . The first ascent of the eastern summit (Pointe Burnaby) was achieved on August 6, 1884 by the Englishwoman Elizabeth Burnaby, accompanied by guides Joseph Imboden and Peter Sarbach .


Northwest flank

  • Difficulty: L , I. UIAA grade rock climbing
  • Time required: 2½ hours
  • Starting point: Cabane de Tracuit ( 3265  m )
  • Valley location: Zinal ( 1675  m )

Northeast face

  • Difficulty: S , IV. UIAA grade rock climbing
  • Time required: 8 hours
  • Starting point: Turtmannhütte ( 2519  m )
  • Valley location: Gruben ( 1822  m )


  • Helmut Dumler, Willi P. Burkhardt: Four-thousanders in the Alps. 12th, updated edition. Bergverlag Rother, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-7633-7427-2 .

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