At 4634m, the Dufourspitze is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest in the Alps, after Mont Blanc. This stunning peak with amazing glaciers is located in the Pennine Alps between the Valais region in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. Climbing this mountain is not technically too difficult, unless there is bad weather. It does require acclimatization and proper equipment including crampons, ropes and ice-axes. From Zermatt, it is estimated that the Dufourspitze climb takes 2-3 days to complete. Going with a guide will ensure you’re safe and on the right track!
Because it is the highest point of Switzerland, the weather in the region is quite extreme. Summer temperatures range between 10°C and 16°C, and can drop lower at night and at high altitudes, and winter temperatures range from -7°C to -10.2°C.
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The normal starting point to the Dufourspitze is the village of Zermatt. You can get to Zermatt from the Geneva airport, which is 235km away, a 2.5 hours drive. You will need to drive to the village of Tosco and take the shuttle train from Täsch to Zermatt.
Climbing the Dufourspitze is usually done in the summer months of June, July and August. However, be prepared for sub-zero temperatures at higher altitudes regardless of the season.
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