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  • Climb as many as four Alpine peaks in Switzerland over 4000m
  • Flexible climbing programme
  • Beautiful Saas Fee base
  • Switzerland`s finest refuges

An exciting adventure holiday in the Swiss Alps climbing 4000 metre high mountains. Surrounded by accessible 4000 metre peaks, the pretty mountain village of Saas Fee in Switzerland makes an ideal base for this Alpine climbing week with a programme of varied alpine trekking, easy climbing and general introduction to glacier travel. During 6 days, we will aim to climb four 4000 metre peaks in the Swiss Alps on a variable climbing programme. There are lots of superb 4000 metre peaks above the Saas Valley and with our high guide to client ratio, we are in a position to be flexible about the way the trip works, splitting the group if necessary to fit in with the abilities and aspirations of group members and the prevailing conditions. In the example itinerary given in the trip notes, our first 2 objectives are the Strahlhorn (4190m) and the Allalinhorn (4027m), both climbed from the Britannia Hut and offerring tremendous views of the nearby Matterhorn and Monte Rosa and extending over 100 kilometres to the Mont Blanc Massif. From the Almageller Hut a traverse of the Weissmies (4023m) offers a superb day, ascending its south-south-east ridge and descending through spectacular glaciated terrain to the Weissmies Hut. The classic Lagginhorn (4010m), via the rock and snow of its west-south west ridge, provides a fitting climax to this truly memorable week of climbing. Whatever the individual programme, this holiday climbing in the Swiss Alps is guaranteed to be a real mountain adventure.


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Is this holiday for you?

This is real Alpine climbing, where a high guide to client ratio is normal. The course has been designed to suit fit hill-walkers who want to progress to Alpine 4000 metre peaks. Group members should have some basic experience of using crampons and a single ice axe, either in the Alps or in the UK in winter. We will choose routes which are not technically difficult and which are feasible for novice alpinists. The climbing will involve glacier travel, snow slopes, rock scrambling and sometimes exposed ridges. Ropes, crampons and an ice-axe will be used. For the Weissmies and Laggenhorn, the guide:client ratio will be 1:3 and will be minimum 1:4 for for other peaks.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Saas Grund. Evening briefing from the guide
  • Cable car to Saas Fee Platjen (2571m). Walk to the Britannia Hut (3030m). Skills briefing
  • Climb the Allalinhorn (4027m) and return to Britannia Hut (3030m)
  • Climb the Strahlhorn (4190m). Return to the Britannia Hut (3030m) and cable car to Saas Grund.
  • Transfer to Saas Almagell. Chairlift to Furggstalden (1893m) and walk to the Almageller Hut (2894m)
  • Climb the Weissmies (4023m) and trek to the Weissmies Hut (2726m)
  • Climb the Lagginhorn (4010m). Descend to the Weissmies Hut (2726m) and cable car to Saas Grund
  • Departure day
Sat 24 Jun - Sat 01 Jul Code SWP /01/17/ Adult$2,160 Status Available Book now
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis joining in Saas Grund. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately a 3 hour train ride & 45 minutes bus ride away from Saas Grund. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available.

If you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Saas Grund. Evening briefing from the guide

    The group will meet at the hotel in the village of Saas Grund (adjacent to the better-known ski station of Saas Fee). Here, you will be welcomed and made to feel at home. In the evening, we will have an informal chat about the week ahead. There will also be a chance for the guide to check out your clothing and gear and to decide if you will need to pick up any further items of equipment, before setting out in the morning. After this, it will be time to sit down to dinner. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Cable car to Saas Fee Platjen (2571m). Walk to the Britannia Hut (3030m). Skills briefing

    We make a short transfer by bus to Saas Fee, where we make use of the Platjen cable car to gain altitude. From the top of this lift, we have a pleasant 2 to 3 hour walk on a good path following an easy shelf that traverses the Mittaghorn, deep below us lies the valley of Saas Almagell. On the early part of the trail we get excellent views across to the Weissmies and Laggin Horn. We then hit more rugged glacial territory and an ice field just before arriving at the Britannia Hut (3030m) which is situated on a rocky ridge between 2 glaciated bowls. We are now in the high mountains and the snowy mountain tops gather around us. In the afternoon, the nearby ice field provides a great place to practice basic snow and ice skills – our guides will take us through some comprehensive instruction on basic rope work, moving as a team, crampons on and ice axes at the ready. This is a great chance to familiarise ourselves with the tools of the trade and by the end of the session we will feel comfortable and competent – ready for the week of climbing ahead.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 2 - 3 hours walking

  • Climb the Allalinhorn (4027m) and return to Britannia Hut (3030m)

    Our first possible peak, accessed from the Britannia hut, is the Allalinhorn (4027m). Due to the recent demise of the ice and snow fields between the Britannia Hut and the Mittel Allalin Metro Station (3454m), we now have a bit of an extra walk as the new path takes us down, around and inevitably, back up to the station, avoiding the danger posed by the disappearing ice and rock instability! Once at the Mittal Allalin we have a pleasant climb up glacier to the rocky summit, returning by the same route. At the Mittel Allalin there is a revolving restaurant, sun terraces and if you haven’t seen enough ice – a very spectacular series of carved out ice tunnels leading down into the glacier! The terrace offers a fantastic retrospective of our route and a chance for a beer to celebrate. Once fully refreshed we make our way back to the Britannia Hut for a second night.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 8 - 10 hours walking/climbing

  • Climb the Strahlhorn (4190m). Return to the Britannia Hut (3030m) and cable car to Saas Grund.

    Our main objective today is to climb the Strahlhorn (4190m). This massive snow-peak lies to the south of the Britannia Hut and provides a very straightforward ascent across the Allalin Glacier. No great technical difficulty, but a long way to walk, this peak will certainly be a test for everyone’s fitness. We gain the Col about half way up the peak before breaking left along the main summit ridge. We have breath-taking views of the Matterhorn and the Dufourspitz – the 2nd highest peak in the European Alps, plus many more 4000m peaks. This is a challenging peak which will give us good acclimatisation and the chance to gain confidence moving on crevassed terrain without too much technical difficulty. Once back at the hut, we gather our belongings and walk out to Platjen cable car and back to Saas Fee. From here we make a short bus ride back to our hotel base for a welcome shower and clean socks! 10 hours round trip to the summit and an early 'alpine' start is a must. 1hour 40 minutes to walk out from the hut. Note that days 3 and 4 are interchangeable – depending on weather and snow conditions.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

    • Time 10 - 12 hours walking/climbing

  • Transfer to Saas Almagell. Chairlift to Furggstalden (1893m) and walk to the Almageller Hut (2894m)

    Our next objectives lie on the east side of the Saas Valley and, after a short transfer to Saas Almagell, we begin our approach to the Weissmies (4023m). From the village we take a small chairlift to the Alp of Furggstalden (1893m) where we start an interesting approach path to Almagelleralp (2 hours). There is a mountain hotel here, a great place to take a break or lunch if you want one. Leaving the trees behind, we then climb up towards the south side of the Weissmies, reaching the Almageller Hut (2894m) after a further 2 to 3 hours. In this area the Ibex are very tame and will pose for photos only a few feet away. We stay overnight at this spectacularly-located hut with superb views across the Saas Valley to the Dom (4545m) and the slightly smaller Taschhorn. We can also see the peaks that we have just climbed.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Climb the Weissmies (4023m) and trek to the Weissmies Hut (2726m)

    Today, we propose to make a traverse of the Weissmies which is the highest mountain in the north-eastern Pennine Alps. Our intended route of ascent is the south-south-east ridge, which is reached by way of a good path to the Zwischbergen (between peaks) Pass. Our aim is to be at this pass for sunrise for a sensational view which is worth the effort. Just above this col, we rope up, initially climbing snow slopes which lead up to a rocky ridge and then a more exposed snow crest. We have more fantastic views from the summit, especially westwards to the Mischabel peaks and all of Switzerland’s 4000 metre summits. We descend the north-east flank of the mountain, an awe-inspiring glaciated passage through hanging seracs, possibly including ladder crossings of some of the bigger crevasses. Leaving the glacier, we arrive at the new Hosaas cable car station where we can buy food and drinks. From here it’s an ‘easy’ hour downhill to the Weissmies Hut (2726m) where we overnight.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 8 - 9 hours walking/climbing

  • Climb the Lagginhorn (4010m). Descend to the Weissmies Hut (2726m) and cable car to Saas Grund

    Rising above the Weissmies Hut to the north-east is the Lagginhorn (4010m), which makes a stunning final objective. The normal route on this interesting mountain is the west-south-west ridge and this is quickly gained from our overnight lodging. Gaining the ridge around sun-up, we can turn to view the famous Swiss sunrise panorama of the Mischabel peaks bathed in early morning alpen-glow. Time is taken here for photographs and soaking up the atmosphere before we continue on to the ridge proper and some exciting and exposed yet easy scrambling. In dry conditions this ridge can be a straightforward rock scramble, becoming more testing with a covering of snow and ice. There are fantastic 360 views at the summit, including the Monte Rosa group to the south and the Bernese Oberland to the north-east. Descent is via the same route. Occasionally, late season, this route becomes too icy to climb safely and in this case the guides will choose an alternative such as the Jegihorn (3206m) or ‘Hunter’s Peak’ which offers the most spectacular via ferrata in the whole of the Valais Alps. On our return to the hut there is time to enjoy a homemade ‘apple strudel’ and drinks, before descending to take the cable car back Saas Grund. We spend a final night in the group hotel. In the evening, the group can choose a local restaurant for a celebratory meal. Dinner is not included in the holiday price for this night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

    • Time 9 - 10 hours walking/climbing

  • Departure day

    The KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional IFMGA qualified guides
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All cable cars and uplifts that are part of the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

As to be expected, the food available in restaurants and hotels in Switzerland is excellent. The food provided in most huts is of a high standard considering the difficulties of supply inherent in their locations. Evening meals tend to be simple but wholesome and there will usually be a limited menu choice including a vegetarian option. Beer and wine as well as soft drinks and bottled water are available to purchase at most huts. Breakfasts in Switzerland are usually 'continental' style based on bread with jam, cheese or meat and sometimes boiled eggs. This is sometimes supplemented with cereals, yoghurt and fruit.

All breakfasts and 6 dinners are included in the trip price. Packed lunches can be bought in the huts and ordered from the hotel or can be made up from ingredients bought in the local supermerket. On some days there will also be the possibility of having a (late) hot lunch on return to the hut. You should allow CHF10 - 15 per lunch. Most groups prefer to choose a restaurant for the final evening meal in Saas Grund and we have therefore not included this meal in the price of your holiday. We suggest 25 - 30 Swiss Francs should be sufficient to cover this.
You must join the holiday at the group hotel in Saas Grund on the evening of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. If arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Saas Grund is to fly to Geneva or Zurich Airports and travel by train and bus from there. You can buy a ticket for the whole journey. The railway station is in the airport at Geneva/Zurich and there is an hourly service (throughout most of the day), involving a train to either Visp or Brig and then a bus to Saas Grund. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours. There are several stops in Saas Grund listed on the website and we recommend that you opt for Saas Grund, Post. The buses provide digital displays indicating which stop they are approaching. It is only a short walk from this stop to our hotel base. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in hotel accommodation in Saas Grund. Whilst climbing, there are 4 nights spent in mountain huts. Accommodation in the huts is in non-segregated dormitories. In some of the mountain huts, washing facilities are limited. Single rooms are not available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. For food during the day, most people carry snacks or ‘hill food’. Lunches tend to be eaten on the move, as we are normally under pressure to complete the day’s walk or climb whilst the snow conditions are good. We can usually get a hot meal (late lunch) on arrival at our next overnight stop. Rosti and eggs is a popular late lunch. Ideally, we should arrive at our overnight accommodation by early afternoon. The afternoon is spent relaxing, sleeping, playing, or enjoying the view. If we are staying in a hut ,the evening meal is a set menu of 3-courses at about 7p.m.. Most people are tucked up in bed by 9.30.When in the valley we will take our evening meal in the group’s hotel or at a nearby local restaurant.

All our guides are IFMGA qualified. For the Weissmies and Laggenhorn, the guide:client ratio will be 1:3 and will be minimum 1:4 for for the other peaks.

Please note that this is Switzerland and you should take your money in the form of Swiss Francs. All cable cars and uplift are included in the holiday price. You should make an allowance for lunches / snacks, drinks etc (note that only bottled water is available at the Britannia Hut – allow CHF 12 per 1.5 litres) and the final evening meal in Saas Grund. Approximately CHF 150 - 200 should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements including the aforementioned items. There are cashpoint facilities at Geneva Airport. and Saas Grund. If you are intending to hire or purchase items of equipment, you should budget accordingly.

Group members will carry all of their personal equipment during the ascents and it is vitally important to keep the overall weight of your equipment to a minimum. Since you will not be required to carry either a sleeping bag or a camping mattress it should be possible to keep the weight of your pack to around 10 kg / 18lbs. Whilst in the mountains, you will leave your trek bag and travel clothes in the group’s hotel/chalet in Saas Grund.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your rucksack to a minimum

You must bring the following items:

  • Mountain Boots (see notes)

  • Gaiters (long or short)

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers (not cotton)

  • Waterproof trousers (with leg zips)

  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal base layer x 2 (one with long sleeves for glacier travel)

  • T-shirt or casual shirt

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Extra warm layer/ duvet jacket (primaloft or lightweight down)

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses – category 3 or 4.

  • Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)

  • Thin gloves - thermal or leather
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Climbing rucksack 30-40 litres

  • Small padlock (for trek bag)

  • Head torch and spare batteries

  • Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

  • Lip salve – with sunscreen

  • Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)

  • Crampons – MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates

  • Crampon bag

  • Ice axe

  • Helmet

  • Mountaineering harness

  • 2 x screw gate karabiner

  • 2 x prussic loops

  • 1 long sling (120cm)

  • 1 litre water bottle x2

  • Small wash kit and pack towel

  • Small hand sanitizer gel

  • Basic first aid kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

  • Rain cover for Rucksack

  • Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Travel clothes


Mountaineering Boots: Recommended boots should be comfortable, warm and sufficiently stiff to take a crampon securely. A B2 boot will be suitable, but NOT a B1. Plastic B3 boots are also not appropriate for this trip.

Crampons: Modern strap on crampons are perfectly acceptable for this climbing trek and will fit any boot. All crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates. ‘Grivel’ crampons - G10 or G12 with a strap system/or semi-strap/heel clip are excellent and they come fitted with anti-balling plates. Make sure they are compatible with your boots.  Aluminium crampons are not suitable for this trip (they are not strong enough over mixed terrain).

Equipment hire/ rental: The following equipment can be hired from KE: crampons (with anti-balling plates); climbing helmet; harness pack (with sling, 2 karabiners and prussic loops); ice-axe. This can be reserved either when you book your trip or closer to your departure but we advise booking hire equipment as soon as possible to ensure availability. We do not hire mountaineering boots, but there are several shops in Saas Grund which rent boots suitable for this trip.

Sleeping bags/extra shoes: Sleeping bags/extra shoes are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag.

Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)

Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store. View >>


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. For this trip whilst it would be useful to have some previous experience of using crampons and an ice-axe, no previous winter climbing experience is required.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will vary considerably. In the heat of the day on the glacier, it can be quite hot, up to 25°C / 77°F. By contrast, in the chill of the early morning, as we make our ascents, it may be as cold as minus 20°C / minus 4°F. The weather is usually stable throughout the summer season. But, mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

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Swiss Topo 1:50,000 Special Edition Hiking Maps

Swiss survey maps are highly regarded for their superb use of graphic relief and hill shading, presenting an almost 3-D picture of the terrain. These are 'special edition' maps from the Switzerland Topographic Survey at 1:50,000 which have the same excellent cartography as the general network which covers the entire country in 78 sheets, but are specifically designed for hikers and are centered on particular tourist regions. They also cover a larger area than the normal sheets. For this holiday you will need the following sheet: 5028T - Monterosa-Matterhorn 1:50 000

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