Lagginhorn

Elevation (feet): 13,156
Elevation (meters): 4,010
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.157077
Longitude: 8.003196
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1856
First successful climber(s): E.L.Ames, J.J.Imseng, F.Andenmatten
Nearest major airport: Geneva / Milano
Convenient Center: Saas Grund

Thanks to foinaven and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

A magnificent traverse if combined with an ascent of the neighbouring Fletschorn (3991m); descend due south from this summit to the Fletschorn joch (col) then take the easy but spectacular north ridge (a knife edge snow arete) - from the col approximately 900 metres interval, 2-3 hours. The summit is a north-south rock ridge, very narrow and exposed.

Descend the west face for a rapid return to Saas Grund. About 12-14 hours for round trip including the Fletschorn.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 16 trip reports for Lagginhorn.

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  • Log #22002 - by roger gaff on July 12, 20102 Stars
    Walked up from Saas Grund to the refuge cum restaurant above the ski uplift. From the Hohsaas hut we ascended the South Ridge of Lagginhorn which gave an interesting climb to the summit....descent...
  • Log #21678 - by J. Vranjes on May 18, 2009
    Lagginhorn can be climbed within 7-8 hours directly from Saas Grund, no need to stay in huts (if you do not want to walk all the way up, alternative is to take lift to Kreuzboden, working hours are...
  • Log #9679 - by David Morris on Nov 07, 2004
    Left the Hohsaas hut at 5:00 to do the South ridge. Got upto the col at sunrise and there was a fantastic temperature inversion. The view East was amazing. The ridge is straight forward untill a...
  • Log #9681 - by roger gaff on Aug 31, 2004
    From the Hohsaas Hut having walked up from Saas Grund we ascended the South Ridge and descended the West Ridge. Some snow was encountered higher up but we were surprised by the awkwardness of the...
  • Log #9682 - by Jonathan Morgan on Nov 26, 2003
    Summited with Andrew Flynn August 2003. 1st ones to the top on fantastic day, clear blue skys etc. Fresh snow on the summit block made things bit trickier, criticised by climbers on way down for...
  • Log #9684 - by Otto Schapendonk on Mar 11, 2002
    My first 4000-er. Climbed it solo in october 1995. Having the best view around I could imagine.
  • Log #9685 - by Jeroen Caers on Jan 22, 2002
    For more info: see my site http://users.skynet.be/alpen
  • Log #9686 - by Tobias G├Âring on Dec 11, 2001
    Good winter conditions, not to much snow, left weissmiess hut a few minutes past seven a.m., reached the summit at 11:50 a.m..The great thing: no people and fantastic sight this sunday
  • Log #9687 - by Jan van der Straaten on Dec 18, 2000
    The day after we did the Weissmies, we did the Lagginhorn. We startd from the Hohsaash├╝tte at about 4.00 AM. First you have to cross a small glacier at the bottom of the Lagginhorn. At the bottom of...
  • Log #9688 - by David Ferrer on Dec 17, 2000
    My first 4000!! Magnificience and a splendid view of Weissmiess. Little ice from 3700 meters high... We could see all Mischabel's peaks.
  • Log #9689 - by Anna & Maurizio Billo on Sep 16, 2000
    West Ridge. Easy climb, mountain in good conditions, just a little bit of ice near the summit. It's very strange from a so high summit don't be able to see the Matterhorn...cover, I think, by the...
  • Log #9690 - by Remco Woutersen on Nov 06, 1999
    Did a traverse (SSW-ridge and down by the normal route) in terrible conditions. All the rock was covered in a thin layer of ice. It was a long day with no view. Still an interesting climb.
  • Log #9691 - by Kaj Kulp on Sep 01, 1999
    Starting from Weismies hut we climbed the Fletschhorn and traversed to Lagginhorn. Nice route, excellent snow, but very cold.
  • Log #9692 - by Zitha KRAEMER-BAUM on Aug 20, 1999
    My second mountain ever, as preparation for my first trip to the Himalayas, the same year. Having never been in the mountains before, I was amazed by the heap of loose stones which make the...
  • Log #9693 - by Jim Sheehan on Aug 01, 1999
    Our intended peak for the day was the Weissmeiss, but as the thermometer was reading only -2 degrees celcius at 3 am we decided that the nearby rocky Lagginhorn was a safer option. Having crosses...
  • Log #9694 - by Stefan Weber on June 07, 1999
    Fletschhorn - Lagginhorn Traverse with the DAV Tuttlingen