From Fisetenpass via the Langfirn | Alpinism | Gemsfairenstock | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Fisetenpass via the Langfirn (Normal route) Gemsfairenstock 2971 m

  • Difficulty
    PD, I
  • Ascent
    3–4 h, 936 m
  • Descent
    2–3 h, 936 m

The Langfirn (glacier) has thinned out so much in recent years that you can now climb the summit of Gemsfairenstock without having to step onto the glacier. The route is well marked with cairns.

Route description

Fisetengrat cable car station - Fisetenpass - Gemsfairenstock

From Fisetenpass (P. 2033) climb in a southwesterly direction, along the ridge of "Ober Orthalten", past "Rund Loch" and the hollow of Ober Sulzbalm. From the hollow, follow a long ramp rightwards above a small cliff band. Scramble around boulders and over polished rock, following the cairns, and continue along to the western edge of the Langfirn (glacier) to reach the Gemsfairenjoch (P. 2846). Now follow the north side of the ridge, later over the ridge itself, in an easterly direction to the summit. A direct ascent from P. 2595 over the Langfirn requires glacier equipment and skills.

Descent

Follow the route of ascent. In descent, between P. 2559 and P. 2595, really keep an eye of for the cairns: they will keep you on track.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Fisetengrat, summit station (2033 m)

Information about the cable car Urnerboden–Fisetengrat: urnerboden.ch/tarife/

Time

From Urnerboden expect an additional ascent time of 2 hours

Difficulty

In dry conditions, the tour on the described route, without setting foot on the Gemsfairenfirn (glacier), can also be classified as 'alpine hike'. The route has been continuously marked in blue and white since 2020 and has a difficulty of T4.

Waypoints

Author

Hansueli Rhyner

Hansueli Rhyner ist Bergführer und Skilehrer und seit 2011 SAC-Autor. Er arbeitet am WSL-Institut für Schnee und Lawinenforschung SLF als Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Industrieprojekte und Schneesport und ist zudem Gutachter bei Bergunfällen und Mitglied des Kern-Ausbildungsteams Lawinenprävention KAT.

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