Pigne de la Lé

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Pigne de la Lé (3396 m) is a mountain at the southern end of the Moiry valley which is the extension of the Val d'Anniviers. From Sierre in the Rhone valley follow the signs to Grimentz. After Grimentz drive towards the Moiry lake (2249 m) and after passing it you will arrive to a free car parking close to a glacier lake at the altitude of 2350 m. There is also a post-bus service up to this point, even a toilet with running water is available at the parking. The place offers a nice view of the huge Moiry glacier and many glaciated peaks around it.

One can climb Pigne de la Lé directly from the parking or alternatively walk up to the Moiry hut (2825 m) and sleep there. Some people sleep in cars at the parking or put tents in the evening.

From the parking to the hut it is a simple walk for which one needs about 90 minutes. After the hut the route goes towards the beginning of the glacier where one may choose either to continue and make a glacier approach from the south-west, or to climb over a much shorter rocky north ridge. The glacier route is longer but unproblematic; the lower part of the route is rather flat and it is followed with one short steep part with over 45 degrees and a few visible small crevasses. Close to the summit one is again on the rocky terrain up to the top. Time from the hut to the summit is about 2-3 hours.

The start point of the north ridge route is Col du Pigne (3141 m); the route is steeper and implies not so complicated scramble. In summer time it is mostly snow-free.

Essential gear for the glacier route: crampons and an ice-axe. For the north ridge no equipment is required except perhaps a helmet in case of many people around.

The summit is without a cross but with a cairn. It offers perfect views of several mountains of over 4000 meters (Bisshorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Ober Gabelhorn) and several others (Grand Cornier, Besso, Pointes de Murti, Sasseneire etc).

Useful map: Arolla (Swisstopo, 1:50000).

Elevation (feet): 11,142
Elevation (meters): 3,396
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 46.08344
Longitude: 7.61099
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Geneve
Convenient Center: Grimentz

Thanks to J. Vranjes for adding this peak.


Trip Reports

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

There are 2 trip reports for Pigne de la Lé.

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  • Log #22387 - by Agnese on July 01, 2013
    We started from the parking at Moiry lake in a light rain and walked through the Moiry glacier as the rain turned into snow. A few small crevasses were open and visible in the glacier. We reached...
  • Log #22221 - by J. Vranjes on Aug 11, 2011
    I traversed the mountain solo by starting from the car parking at 2350 m. The ascent was along the south-west glacier route and the descent along the north ridge. There was nobody else around on the...