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Fletschhorn (left) and Lagginhorn (in the middle of the picture), the west ridge runs from the summit of the Lagginhorn down to the left

Fletschhorn (left) and Lagginhorn (in the middle of the picture), the west ridge runs from the summit of the Lagginhorn down to the left

height 4010  m above sea level M.
location Canton of Valais , Switzerland
Mountains Valais Alps , Weissmies group
Coordinates 643 601  /  111906 coordinates: 46 ° 9 '26 "  N , 8 ° 0' 11"  O ; CH1903:  643 601  /  111906
Lagginhorn (Canton of Valais)
First ascent August 26, 1856 by Edward Levi Ames , Franz-Josef Andenmatten and Johann Josef Imseng
Normal way West-Southwest Ridge (Positions II)
The Laggin Bivouac (2425 m)

The Lagginhorn is 4010  m above sea level. M. high mountain in the eastern part of the Valais Alps . Its summit is located in the Swiss canton of Valais , a few kilometers north of the Italian border. It is considered to be a «not too difficult» four-thousand-meter peak to climb .


The Lagginhorn is located in the Weissmies group , north of 4017  m above sea level. M. high Weissmies , from which it is through the 3499  m above sea level. M. high Lagginjoch is separated. The summit ridge leads north over the Fletschjoch ( 3687  m above sea level ) to the Fletschhorn . In the west is the valley town of Saas Grund . The Simplon Pass runs northeast . The summit ridge of the Lagginhorn is not glaciated, but there are several smaller glaciers in its flanks : the Lagginhorn glacier is on the west flank, the Holutrift glacier to the east, the Fletschhorn glacier to the north, the Hohlaub glacier to the south-west and the Lagging glacier to the south-east. In the south ridge is the less prominent south summit ( 3971  m above sea level ). To the east of the Lagginhorn, the Laggina flows through the Laggintal. The river meets the Diveria in Gondo .

The Laggina in the Laggintal

Climbing opportunities

The normal route over the west-south-west ridge offers climbing difficulty in the second degree and is rated "not very difficult" according to the SAC mountain and high-altitude tour scale. A possible starting point for climbing the Lagginhorn is the Weissmieshütte at 2726  m . The easiest way to get there is via the Saas Grund cable car up to an altitude of 2400  m . Another possible base is at 3101  m situated mountain lodge Hohsaas , reachable also of Saas Grund. The route leads over the Lagginhorn glacier to the west-south-west ridge, which is followed up to the summit.

Another route that is often taken is the crossing over the Fletschhorn into the Fletschjoch, from there over the north ridge to the summit of the Lagginhorn (II +, WS + or ZS ).

From the Lagginjoch there is a climbing in the III. Level of difficulty.

Ascent history

The first ascent was made on August 26, 1856 by Edward Levi Ames with three other Englishmen and the guides Franz-Josef Andenmatten , Johann Josef Imseng and three other Saas guides via today's normal route.

The crossing over the Fletschhorn and the north ridge took place on July 27, 1887 by W. A. ​​B. Coolidge with several guides. The south ridge was first walked on August 11, 1883.

Individual evidence

  1. Swisstopo map
  2. a b c d e f Hermann Biner: Alpine tours in Wallis. From Trient to the Nufenen Pass. 3rd, revised edition. SAC-Verlag, Bern 2002, ISBN 3-85902-204-0 , pp. 470-475.
  3. Digital maps from the Federal Office of Topography
  4. a b c Richard Goedeke : 4000er. The normal routes to all four thousand meter peaks in the Alps. With a description of the normal climbs on all four-thousand-meter peaks in the Alps, including those on the new UIAA list. Revised edition, 8th edition. Bruckmann, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-7654-3796-4 , pp. 59-63.
  5. Laggina on the map of the state topography


  • Helmut Dumler, Willi P. Burkhardt: Four-thousanders in the Alps. 12th, updated edition. Bergverlag Rother, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-7633-7427-2 .

Web links

Commons : Lagginhorn  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Lagginhorn at 4000m - the four-thousand-meter peaks of the Alps
  • Lagginhorn on the ETHorama platform