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The south face
Highest point
Elevation 3,934 m (12,907 ft)
Prominence 806 m (2,644 ft) [1]
Isolation 13.4 km (8.3 mi) [2]
Parent peak Finsteraarhorn
Listing Alpine mountains above 3000 m
Coordinates 46°23′28.5″N 7°51′02.7″E / 46.391250°N 7.850750°E / 46.391250; 7.850750Coordinates: 46°23′28.5″N 7°51′02.7″E / 46.391250°N 7.850750°E / 46.391250; 7.850750
Bietschhorn is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Location Valais, Switzerland
Parent range Bernese Alps
First ascent 1859 by Leslie Stephen and party

The Bietschhorn (3,934 m) is a mountain in canton Wallis to the south of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. The northeast and southern slopes of the mountain are part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area (formerly Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn) listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes the Jungfrau and the Aletsch Glacier. The Bietschhorn is located on the south side of the Lötschental valley and form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Region at the north end of the Bietschtal valley and Baltschiedertal valley. Most climbers approach the mountain from either the Bietschhornhütte or the Baltschiederklause.

It was first climbed on 13 August 1859 by Leslie Stephen, with guides Anton Siegen, Johann Siegen and Joseph Ebener. An account of this first ascent was published by Leslie Stephen in his book The Playground of Europe (1871).

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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Beichpass (3,128 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is west of the Aletschhorn.

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