When Sir Leslie Stephen, professor of theology in Cambridge, climbed the Zinalrothorn for the first time on 22nd August 1864 with an age of 32 together with Florence Craufurd Grove and the guides Jakob and Melchior Anderegg via the N-ridge, the Zinalrothorn had the name Moming. People forgot this name. Later, this old name was replaced by the "Zinalrothorn": the red horn of Zinal. In the SE, there lies Zermatt. Both valleys are importen as starting points for the normal routes.
Strecke 8 km
Höchster Punkt4.221 hm
Tiefster Punkt2.881 hm
The Zinalrothorn is one of the high summits separating the Matter valley on the east and the Val d'Anniviers (or more precisely the Val de Zinal) on the west. The summit of the Weisshorn (4,505 m) is located 5 km to the north and the Dent Blanche 7 km to the west. At the western foot of the mountain lies the large Zinal Glacier and, on the northern side, the Moming Glacier. L'Epaule (the shoulder) is a minor summit lying at the base of the northern ridge.
The villages of Täsch and Zermatt are the closest while Zinal on the north-west is located further (9 km).
From the col, follow the snowy ridge, then rocks, (which become steep and airy,) to the shoulder of the Zinalrothorn (4017m). You can also gain the shoulder directly by the face, quicker and easier.Climb the rocks on the Mountet side, then rejoin the crest of the ridge. Follow this easily until the "Rasoir", (razor). Traverse the crest of the Rasoir on the Mountet side (III), belays at the start and finish. Bypass the Sphinx on the Mountet side (bolts).There a section of the ridge, "La Bourrique", (donkey), climbed "a cheval",(astride,) to reach a large pinnacle, "La Bosse". This is climbed firstly on its right then in the centre (III, broken slab, belay at a bolt plus a peg at 25m, then a spike at the end of the difficulties.) Descend 5m, (one can leave a long sling here for the way down.) Now follow the crest of the ridge to the summit, easy unless snowed over, protection pegs in place.