Hubschhorn (Hübschhorn, 3192 m) is one of the several great peaks around the Simplon pass (2005 m) and it can be climbed from the Simplon Hospice. It is the closest of all peaks, rising directly above the pass from its southeast side. This page provides information about the route.
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Hubschhorn can be climbed in about 3 hours from the Hospice. The mountain is a true landmark of the area, but you will see no signs about the route to climb this mountain. Therefore, as usual, it may be tricky to pinpoint the exact start of the route.
You will start from the road and continue toward the lake Rotelsee which is directly below the peak. The Hospice will be on your left side, see the map below. From the lake, you will see an electric power tower so continue in this direction. There is a water reservoir which will be on your right side.
From the reservoir continue directly up the mountain, there is a hardly visible path in this part of the route, and a few blue marks on rocks. This will take you to the ridge and you will walk for a while along it, but soon the route goes on the southwest side because of huge rocks. After that, you will generally follow the ridge all the way to the summit, and Simplon pass will be on your left side about 1000 meters below. You can see the ridge clearly on the map.
The summit itself is rather long, extending in the same southwest-northeast direction. You will first come to a big cairn marking the highest point at this end of the summit. On the other end, there is a metal cross.
You will need no special equipment for this mountain whatsoever. I can only suggest having a pair of walking poles. There is no water around.
Regarding accommodation, apart from the Simplon Hospice, I suggest consulting a separate post with this site, with some useful information about renting flats in the valleys around.
My climb to Hubschhorn
For me, Hubschhorn is a part of my Simplon climbing trilogy, together with Wasenhorn and Breithorn. I started my climb at 6:30 am and I was at the summit three hours later. The weather was perfect, totally different from my earlier attempt when I gave up because of rain.
However, there were no people around. Only one person appeared behind me when I was close to the summit.
This was an Italian climber from Domodossola who was telling me about his earlier episode from the nearby Wasenhorn (which he calls Punta Terrarossa, of course), when he broke a leg there. He left soon because his wife was waiting for him at the Pass.
I stayed full 90 minutes on the summit, enjoying the views which I share here with you. Hubschhorn offers better views than any other peak around. Some photos made from Hubschhorn are on the pages of Wasenhorn and Breithorn.
Please leave your comments below, I shall be happy to read them and to answer any question about this mountain.