From Fisetenpass via the Langfirn (Normal route) Gemsfairenstock 2971 m
- PD, I
- 3–4 h, 936 m
- 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.
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.
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.
- Departure and arrival point
Fisetengrat, summit station (2033 m)
Information about the cable car Urnerboden–Fisetengrat: urnerboden.ch/tarife/
From Urnerboden expect an additional ascent time of 2 hours
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.