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Lagginhorn

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Wallis (Valais), Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.15840°N / 8.00400°E

Object Title: Lagginhorn

Elevation: 13156 ft / 4010 m

 

Page By: Diego Sahagún

Created/Edited: Mar 30, 2001 / Feb 26, 2007

Object ID: 150308

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Page Score: 92.13%  - 38 Votes 

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Overview

Lagginhorn is the most North-Easterly and lowest fourthousand-meter peak of the Walliser Alps. The summit soars small and airy over deep abysses. According to the SPer Mathias Zehring, Lagginhorn is perhaps the only 4.000 m mountain of the Alps that can be climbed without crampons and danger of crevasses, and (as no bigger climbing skills are necessary) even a hiker could reach the summit if the upper part is free of snow. Most of the easiest route is a steep path in very loose scree interrupted by short steps that need a little climbing. For a trained climber a good recommendation is doing the traverse from Fletschhorn.

It's formed by:

West Ridge - Normal Route PD, II
North Ridge AD, III
East Spur AD+, III
South Ridge AD, II / III


First ascent (starting at Trifalp, 2.072 m): Johann Joseph Imseng, Franz Joseph Andenmatten, Edward Levi Ames, 3 English and 3 guides on 26 August 1856.

Because you can avoid the glaciers you don't have to start too early. The climb goes into the west face so it takes some time before you meet the sun and a nicer temperature. When you stay for 2 days you also can climb the neighbour Weissmies. Both peaks are ideal for acclimatisation when you want to climb the higher peak in the valley.

Timetable

4-5 hours from Weissmieshütte
3-4 hours from Hohsaas
45 min from Hohsaas to Weissmieshütte
45 min Kreuzboden to Weissmieshütte
4 hours from Simplon Dorff to Bivouac Laggin

Getting There

First you should reach Saas Grund in the Walliser Saastal. Then hike to Weissmieshütte (2.726 m) or cableway to Hohsaas (3.098 m). Cableway's lowest station is in Unter dem Berg, a quarter of Saas Grund. Mid station is Kreuzboden (2.397 m).


Red Tape

Free to climb yet.

When To Climb

From June to September is the best period for climbing this mountain. Live-cam from Kreuzboden

Camping

A lot of campings and hotels in Saastal (Saas Balen-Saas Grund-Saas Fee-Saas Almagell).

HUTS

Weissmieshütte (2.726 m)
CAS, 110 places, opens from mid June to the end of September, winter from 15 December to 15 April. Phone: 0041 (0) 28 57 25 54

Berghaus Hohsaas (3.100 m)
Private, 36 places, opens from mid June to mid October. Phone: (00) (41) 27 957 17 13. Another possible number: 077 28 41 79

Laggin Biwak (2.425 m)
CAS, 10 places, always open

Maps

Simplon, Landeskarte der Schweiz, 1:25.000.

5006 Matterhorn-Mischabel, Landeskarte der Schweiz, 1:50.000.

Berg: Lagginhorn

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Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

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My information is: South Ridge (AD, II / III , mixed, brittle to start with, 5 hours from Hohsaas via Lagginjoch).
Posted Jul 25, 2002 9:16 am
philippeUntitled Comment

Voted 10/10

The South Ridge AD, III / IV is a very interesting climbing variant for the Lagginhorn. Start at Hohsaas station for a 7 hours trip up to the top.
Posted Jul 24, 2002 11:55 pm
Diego SahagúnUntitled Comment

Diego Sahagún

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My information is: South Ridge (AD, II / III , mixed, brittle to start with, 5 hours from Hohsaas via Lagginjoch).
Posted Jul 25, 2002 9:16 am
GarfieldUntitled Comment

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