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Overview Edit

Mountain Name(s): Castor, Monte Castore, Кастор     Geology: Tectonic
Elevation: 4228 m / 13871.4 ft     Snow line: 2800 m / 9186.35 ft
Summit(s): Felikhorn (4 087 m /13 409 feet)
Main Summit (4 228 m /13 871 feet)
    Prominence: 165 m/541 ft
Location: Italy(Aosta Valley);     Isolation: 2 400 km/7 874 miles
Latitude/Longitude: 45°55'12.69''N
    Climbing Season(s): 01 Jun - 30 Sep;
Parent Range: Alps     Nearest Airport(s): Milan Airport; Geneva International Airport (GVA);
Range: Please update     Convenience Center(s): Champoluc-Champlan;
First Ascent: 23/8/1861 (Michel Croz), William Mathews , F.W. Jacomb ... More     National Park(s): Please update

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A good climb from either Italy or Switzerland. Easy to combine

with climbs to some other mountains in the area - to traverse

the mountain from one hut to the other, or combine it with the

ascent of other nearby summits such as the Breithorn or Pollux.

Description Edit

It is the higher of a pair of twin peaks (the other is Pollux),

named after the twins of Roman mythology. Castor's peak is

separated from Pollux by a pass at 3,845 m (12,615 ft), named

Passo di Verra in Italian and Zwillingsjoch in German.

Castor can be climbed from the guides D'Ayas or Quintino Sella

huts, or even from Zermatt in a day if you like to go quickly.

Either route involves a glacier climb followed by the final snow

crest. The summit crest is usually the main difficulty - conditions

on this section dictate the safe guiding ratio.

Location Edit

Located in the Pennine Alps on the border between Valais,

Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. Lies between

mountains Breithorn and Monte Rosa.

Getting there Edit

By train from Geneva / Zurich in Zermatt, either by car to the

parking lot near Zermatt and from this point by taxi-electric car.

By car or train from Milano airport to Courmayeur, then to


Europe, Italy: Aosta Valley

  • Castor
  • Mountaineering - 2 Day(s)
  • 15 Jun - 30 Sep
  • Moderate/ Challenging 
  • 2 people climbed it

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DID YOU KNOW (1) Edit Add

• Castor and Pollux are also a pair of summits in Yellowstone

National Park in Wyoming, USA. Located in the Absaroka Range,

Castor is 3,308 m, 65 m lower than its twin.


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