Castor

Elevation (feet): 13,871
Elevation (meters): 4,228
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland/Italy
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 45.920916
Longitude: 7.793384
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Nearest major airport: Milano, Torino, Geneva, Z?rich
Convenient Center: Zermatt, St Jaques, Gressoney

Thanks to Frank Verwijs and Marshall Hall for contributing to these details. (View history)

Castor is one of the easiest 4000 meter peaks in the Alps. Together with Pollux, it forms the "Zwillinge", which is German for twins. In high season it can be really crowded on the peak, for many climbs (often with guide), are made from the Klein-Matterhorn cablecar-station at 3883m. The mountain is much more impressive from the Italian side then from the Swiss, and heavily glaciated on all sides. The view is magnificent; To the east in the distance the mighty Mont Blanc massif; closer Dent d'Herence, and Matterhorn. Mostly the ascent is made over the Passo di verra (Zwillingsjoch), at 3845m.

Thanks to Frank Verwijs for this description.