Easy glacier hikes for beginners

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If you’re one of those gals who like to spend their time conquering summits, you will know all too well that adventuring in the mountains can only come with the aggregation of knowledge about gear, safety, weather and geology. Once you’ve acquired it, some challenges out there will start to look doable.

Glacier tours might be for advanced mountaineers only, but even in this field there’s a wide difference in difficulty. We have curated some of the easier glacier summits for you, which will give you an easy start into the world of alpine touring. It’s the same as with anything else: Pick a goal and then pursue it.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Gran Paradiso

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Gran Paradiso (4061m) is not only a popular four-thousander because of its auspicious name, but above all because the technical difficulty is limited. Nevertheless, very good condition, glacier experience and equipment, as well as care in front of crevasses should be in any case with the party. At the often crowded summit ridge it is then necessary to keep a cool head, so that the cliques do not get confused. By the way, an overnight stay at the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II or Rifugio Chabod is recommended to everyone, so on the summit day "only" 1300 vertical meters have to be overcome. Do not forget to book;)

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    Wildspitze

    Mountaineering Highlight

    If you are up here on 3768 m at the summit, the view is limited in clear weather only by the curvature of the earth - few mountains are as dominant as the Wildspitze. The second highest mountain in Austria is easiest and fastest to get out of Vent. Conditionally very strong climbers make the high-speed trip in a day, if you want to tackle it slower can spend a night on the quaint Breslauer hut.

    In good weather conditions, no fresh snow and a reasonably dry ridge on the final ascent, this tour is not really difficult, except for a key point. The entire via ferrata is otherwise sufficiently secured with good steel cables.

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    Monte Cevedale

    Mountaineering Highlight

    Even if it is generally considered a less difficult high-altitude tour, climbing the Monte Cevedale should include glacier equipment, appropriate alpine knowledge and very good physical condition. Depending on how ambitious you would like to tackle it on the last summit day, it is recommended to stay overnight at the Schaubachhütte (2581 m) or the Casatihütte (3269 m) before climbing up to 3769 m. The final summit upswing is up to 40 degrees steep and can be difficult in icing, constant concentration and the avoidance of missteps is paramount. At an advanced time of day, warming may cause rockfalls. Once at the top, it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy the fantastic view. If you still can not get enough, continue over the ridge to the Zufallspitze.

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    Großvenediger

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Großvenediger is a heavily glaciated main summit in the Hohe Tauern and with 3657m one of the highest mountains in Austria. The world-famous Majästätt, as the Großvenediger is often called, can be climbed via several routes from Salzburg or Osttirol. Technically, the tours are less difficult, but all routes lead over heavily glaciated terrain, which is not to be underestimated due to the risk of splits.

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    Allalinhorn, 4046 m

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    To breathe the air of 4,000 without exposing yourself to unspeakable physical strain? The Allalinhorn calls! Up to 500m below the summit brings you the Metro Alpin-Bahn of Saas Fee, up to 4027m it is a stone's throw away. Although the summit is well suited for a day trip, one should not underestimate the altitude - here, the air is already thin. Anyone who has no experience with altitude mountaineering is well advised to take a mountain guide.

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    Marmolada Punta Penia

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Punta Penia is with 3343m the highest point of the Dolomites and the view from up here incredibly beautiful. However, this must be fought hard. The easiest way to get to the summit of the Marmolada in summer is via the West Ridge via ferrata ("Hans-Seyffert-Weg"). The difficulty of the ascent depends on the weather and the snow conditions. In any case, necessary equipment for an alpine high tour and appropriate knowledge for the use and behavior in any emergency situations. Summit ambitious individuals should be physically fit and consider climbing up to the Pian dei Fiacconi mountain hut the day before to divide over 1000 meters of altitude.

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    Mettelhorn

    Mountaineering Highlight

    The Mettelhorn is a similarly easy to walk over three thousand meters, whose exposed summit at 3406m with a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn lets forget the efforts of the last part of the route. On the other side of the mountain falls a few hundred meters steep, it may happen that a helicopter flying below through the valley.

    The path to the Mettelhorn leads over the Trifthütte to the hollow glacier, from which you have to cross at least a little bit, depending on the snow conditions. Special equipment is not required, poles are helpful and caution is required in any case.

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    Schwarzenstein

    Mountaineering Highlight

    Ropes never hurt? The Schwarzenstein glacier has column systems in which one can disappear wonderfully. With our roped party we had a crevasse fall in which our rope partner hung 4m deep in the cleft, saw endless column labyrinths to the right and left and would rather not look down. From the top only a smooth firn surface visible, and only a short farther flock of pilgrims from the Italian side to the summit, rope free. If glacier, then rope. Always.

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