Breithorn

Elevation (feet): 13,661
Elevation (meters): 4,164
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland/Italy
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 45.939627
Longitude: 7.754101
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1813
First successful climber(s): Henry Maynard, Joseph-Marie Couttet, Jean Gras, Jean-Baptiste Erin, Jean-Jacques Erin
Nearest major airport: Geneva
Convenient Center: Zermatt

Thanks to David S. Metzler and Marshall Hall for contributing to these details. (View history)

The Breithorn is one of the easiest 4000 meter peak in the Alps. The standard route starts at the Klein Matterhorn tramway station, and climbs 350 meters in 2 km, first across a straightforward glacier plateau and then up a 35 degree snow slope (which can be icy). However, inexperienced or unprepared climbers can come to grief in bad weather or because of cornice dangers on the summit ridge. The traverse of the entire summit crest of the mountain and the ascent of the north ridge (Triftjigrat), both rated AD, are by contrast serious and classic climbs.

The ascent is done as a day tour by the guides of Zermatt.

Thanks to David S. Metzler for this description.