Balmenhorn - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
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The Balmenhorn is a 4,167 m listed elevation belonging to the Monte Rosa massif in the Pennine Alps. It is particularly known because on its summit there is the Felice Giordano bivouac and the majestic statue of Christ of the Peaks. It can be seen along the road that leads from Capanna Giovanni Gnifetti to Capanna Regina Margherita. It is not commonly listed among the Alpine peaks higher than 4000 meters because it does not meet all the criteria to be considered a peak in its own right.
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0.7km from Balmenhorn
The Vincent Pyramid is a mountain of the Monte Rosa massif in the Pennine Alps. It is located entirely in Italian territory along the watershed that divides the upper Lys valley from the upper Valsesia descending from Ludwigshöhe. The summit is bordered to the west by the Lys glacier, to the south by the Indren glacier, and to the east by the Piode glacier. One of the risky trekking destination and also the summit offers a beautiful panoramic view of this area.
1.28km from Balmenhorn
The Parrotspitze or Punta Parrot is a mountain in the Pennine Alps, located in the massif of the Monte Rosa, along the border between Italy and Switzerland. Presenting the mountain as a long and sharp ridge arranged in a west-east direction, it is possible to ascend it easily starting from the Col del Lys or from the Col Sesia, the col that separates it from the nearby Punta Gnifetti. A longer and steeper ascent unfolds up the Valais face starting from the Fratelli Gugliermina hut.
1.59km from Balmenhorn
The Giovanni Gnifetti hut is a refuge located in the municipality of Gressoney-La-Trinité, on the Valle d'Aosta side of Monte Rosa, in the Pennine Alps, at 3647 m asl. The refuge has 176 beds and is open, with overnight stay and restaurant service, from Easter to September. As long as there was the Bocchetta delle Pisse - Punta Indren cable car, hikers preferred to use this ski lift to avoid the Stolemberg section, which extended the excursion by about 2 hours.
ghiacciaio di Indren
1.68km from Balmenhorn
The Indren glacier is located in the Monte Rosa massif and extends down from the basin between the Vincent Pyramid and the underlying Punta Giordani. It has a rather regular slope, interrupted only in the middle of the basin by an imposing serac, at the point where from the glacial mantle a rocky crest descending towards the south is generated, called Cresta Rossa, which contains the glacier on the eastern side. One of the risky trekking locations and it will be a new experience.
Rifugio città di Mantova
2.1km from Balmenhorn
The Rifugio Città di Mantova is a refuge in the Aosta Valley in the Valais Alps. It is located at an altitude of 3498 m in the Lystal side valley near the Ghiacciaio del Garstelet glacier within the municipality of Gressoney. The hut is managed from the end of March to mid-April and from mid-June to mid-September and offers 80 mountaineers sleeping places.
2.16km from Balmenhorn
Lyskamm, also known as Silberbast is a mountain in the Pennine Alps lying on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It consists of a five-kilometer-long ridge with two distinct peaks. The mountain has gained a reputation for seriousness because of the many cornices lying on the ridge and the frequent avalanches, thus leading to its nickname the Menschenfresser One of the risky trekking destinations in Switzerland and the climate is also very cool.