Pollux, Zermatt

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Pollux is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Valais, Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is the lower of a pair of twin peaks, the other being Castor, named after the Gemini twins of Roman mythology. Pollux' peak is at an elevation of 4092m. It is separated from Castor by a pass at 3847m, named the Passo di Verra in Italian and the Zwillingsjoch in German.The first ascent was by Jules Jacot from Geneva with guides Josef-Marie Perren and Peter Taugwalder on August 1 1864. Their route was via the Schwarztor, a pass first crossed by John Ball and Gabriel Zumtaugwald in 1845. The impressive north ridge was first climbed by Captain John Percy Farrar and Wylie Lloyd with guide Josef Pollinger of St. Niklaus in the canton Valais on 18 August 1893.Ascents are usually made from the Rifugio Ottorino Mezzalama, the Monte Rosa hut ; if traversing the peaks via Pollux's north ridge, PD+, the Capanna Quintino Sella, and the Cesare Volante e Giorgio Rossi bivouac hut .The first winter and ski ascent of Pollux was by Dr Alfred von Martin and Karl Planck on 7 March 1913.
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  • Castor and Pollux, the two dioscuri, are remembered in the name of two border peaks. The Pollux is a little lower than Castor, but is mostly found in that place between two hills. Salibile without difficulty or a snowy slide on the Western side, or from a clifftop place further East (the two via reach a Summit from where you continue on a snowy crestone), it is a Summit usually visible both from the Swiss side as from the Italian. A 4000, height anyway notable, which is a characteristic picture in this part of the Alps.
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  • We took a walk on the Pollux in connection with acclimatization before walking tour to the Matterhorn. We stayed at the cottage on the Italian side before the trip up on the Pollux. Nice mix of going with grappling irons and without on the ascent of Pollux. Steep and challenging at the top of a do not like heights. Is recommended.
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  • Wanted to do some mountaineering on this trip - engaged local guide Fernando - he was attentive, skilled and helpful. Highly recommend  more »

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When staying in car-free Zermatt, proximity to amenities is key, as you'll be mostly restricted to traveling by foot. Populated by charming Swiss chalet-style hotels and inns, Zermatt may be humble in character, but not in price. Most of the hotels are fairly expensive, though there is the odd hostel and pension that might offer a slight discount. To save yourself a bit of money, look into renting an apartment in lieu of a hotel. If you're really strapped for cash, consider camping instead--this area offers a year-round mild climate.
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