Though I would test the water here!
>> whilst also giving the glacier the widest possible birth?
It is pretty much all glacier! Unlikely to be a track in winter, due to less footfall, wind, snow etc. However, the route is fairly obvious in summer. There are significant crevasses nearer the lift station where the glacier falls over down to the col, hence the route goes along the pisted road before heading uphill. I found Kl.Matterhorn can be pretty cold and windy in March (-20C).
The route is like a highway. You'll be fine.
Seriously, there can be big and quite hidden crevasses near the drag lift which everyone, particularly if soloing, should be aware of. The path will be very well trodden, even in winter
Yes, it's easy (been up it 3 times), and the track is usually very obvious. BUT at this time of the year there may not be so many up it, (I had it almost to just our party one claggy day), and I fell into a crevasse on that claggy day too. OK, just to my waist, as the guys held me on the rope, but I wouldn't have wanted to be there unroped.
I don't know how the route looks like in winter, if similar to summer - it's well trodden and relatively safe*
There are obvious things to keep in mind:
- get up in the first lift, give yourself some time to let some guided groups first but then try to follow them closely
- watch out in the descent - people sometimes don't descend the zigzags, but run directly down to the plateau - when solo, however tempting, I'd stick to the zigzags in descent
- although it seems a bit of a joke for such short route, check the weather. In fog or dense clouds, the Breithorn is really dangerous as you can wander off the path on the plateau towards the cracks and completely loose orientation. Also, as the peak is such small effort, at least with good weather you can enjoy the views which are superb!
* - as in Alps, there's never perfectly safe route, even less when going solo. So, I wouldn't expect anyone giving a yes/no answer - and I am a bit surprised people doing so lightly - the question is always a balance between danger and safety
KM station was closed when I tried this a few years ago in early June so had to walk from Trokener Steg, which added an extra day (the snow was deep!!). Not sure if this is a regular thing or whether it was off-season maintainance, but worth checking as that kind of a walk is not worth it.
Aye, but did you have a hangover when doing Arthur's Seat?
I've just looked at photos I took in summer/winter about 5 years ago. There is no track visible in the winter photo, it is visible in the summer photo. Also the amount of snow at the top (size of cornice) is significantly greater.
On previous trips in March and April people have been walking up with guides, so if I was you, ask in the Guides office if they are doing it and just follow them up for free.
Be aware the lift often goes off due to wind.
If there's deep snow it might be a bit of a slog.
Make sure you have a map just in case the weather changes, there are also some big cornices.
I fell down several slots which would have been unnerving if soloing but of no great consequence. My partner on the descent fell down a much larger crevasse
How can you possibly fall into several crevasses on the same day on the Breithorn!! Did you take precautions like having your eyes open?
Oi! I fell down one, and believe me, I was looking hard! Sometimes, in thick weather and snow cover, they just ain't that obvious y'know.
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