Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.44543°N / 9.72290°E
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 10384 ft / 3165 m
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Piz LagrevPiz Lagrev above Lej da Segl

Piz Lagrev is the highest mountain of the southernmost subgroup of the Albula Laps. At 3165m it is not exactly impressive in height but the sheer bulk of the mountain makes up for it. Seen across Oberengadin Valley it dominates the surrounding mountains by its wide summit ridge which gradually runs up to several summits, all above 3100m. Beyond these summits sheer drops separate the mountain from its neighbours on its southern side.
Piz Lagrev
Piz Lagrev 3165m
Piz Lagrev

Piz Lagrev is located rather centrally in the triangle which is created by three of Europe's oldest mountain passes, all being used in Roman times already. Maloja-Pass to the south separates it from the Bernina Group, Septimer pass to the east separates it from the Platta Group while Julier Pass separates it from the bulk of the main subgroups of the Albula Alps.
Piz Lagrev 3165m
Piz Lagrev
Pix Polaschin & Piz Lagrev

It is in this latter part, that the most frequently used route to Piz Larev's summit starts, a long scramble across rock and boulder fields and a small glacier with a long panoramic ridge traverse at the end. The route is mainly done as a ski tour in winter, when the snow cover hides the most uncomfortable sections in the boulder fields. However, the north side of Piz Lagrev is avalanche prone, so that you need to inquire into current conditions before you start. The ski tour usually ends at the winter summit at 3109m, a small saddle and rouhgly 50m of elevation away from the main one.
Piz Lagrev
Piz Lagrev
Piz Lagrev 3165m

As the highest point of its subgroup, Piz Lagrev is an excellent lookout, famous for its views towards Bernina and its southern satellites in the Val Massino Alps. On the other hand its prominence ensures the mountain itself is visible from all sides, which makes it a very popular target for photography. Especially the view across Lej da Segl offers stunningly different aspects of the mountain.

Getting There

Summit panorama from Muot'Ota with Piz Lagrev in centre

The usual trailhead for Piz Lagrev is at or near Pass dal Güglia / Julierpass at 2050m. Alternatively you can start at Alp Güglia at 2160m. The pass can be easily reached from St. Moritz, which itself can be reached by
  • B27 from Zernez in the north
  • B29 from Valtellina (Italy) across Berninapass from the south-east
  • SS37 / B3 through Val Bregaglia / Bergell from Chiavenna (Italy) in the south-west
  • B3 from Chur in the north-west.


Storm BrewingPiz Lagrev with the upper part of the route across the glacier and along the ridge

Liz Lagrev is mainly a ski touring mountain. A classic tour leads to its summit from Julierpass / Pass dal Güglia with about 1000m elevation gain. The same route can also be climbed in summer but large scree and boulder fields as well as the crossing of the little Vadret Lagrev glacier limits its attractivity. However, if you aim for a solitary ascent, this is the mountain to go to.

Start at the Julier Pass Road, descending to about 2000m, before crossing the creek on a bridge and following the signs to Lej da Tscheppa. The path switches back and forth, also with quite some ups and downs until it reaches the beautifully colourful (in the summer) lake.

In the next stage follow the lake to its northern end on its eastern shore. From there head for the small glacier, Vadret Lagrev, heading for an obvious summit, already in reach of the glacier where you find a large signboard introducing the nature preserve in this part of the Albula Alps. Head across the morraines towards the tip of the glacier.
Piz Lagrev 3165m
Piz Lagrev 3165m
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The glacier can be traversed anywhere. It is not too steep and contains only few crevasses. In its topmost part head for its eastern tip, from which you'll reach a foresummit at 3085m which carries a weather station. Now, follow the ridge towards the north summit (3109m), which is the usual end of the ski tour. Stay on the ridge to head for the main summit at 3164m.

  • Summer route: L-WS (F-PD)
  • Ski tour route: ZS-


Piz Lagrev
Piz Lagrev
Piz Lagrev

Weather Conditions

Piz LagrevPiz Lagrev above the clouds

Maps & Books


Digital Maps

Regular Maps

  • Julierpass
    Swisstopo Map LK 268 T
    ISBN: 978-3302302683
  • St. Moritz
    Swisstopo Mao LK 1257
    ISBN: 978-3302012575
  • Oberendagin / Alta Engadina
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3850269094


  • Bündner Alpen 6
    Manfred Hunziker
    Sac Schweizer Alpenclub
    ISBN: 978-3859021877
  • Oberengadin - St. Moritz, Zuoz, Pontresina
    Rudolf Weiss, Siegrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3763340422
  • Unterengadin. Scuol - Zernez - Münstertal
    Rudolf Weiss, Siegrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3763340439
  • Skitouren Graubünden Süd: Oberhalbstein / Albula / Davos / Engadin
    Vital Eggenberger
    Sac Schweizer Alpenclub
    ISBN: 978-3859023017

In Memory of Cyrill Rüegger

A note from the SP staff
Cyrill Rüegger, the member we all used to know as Cyrill and Digitalis, died on June 13th 2009 in an avalanche on the summit ridge of Piz Palü together with his wife Tanja and a common friend. They were swept down by the avalanche into a couloir underneath the east summit and died instantly. Their bodies were retrieved from the Palü Glacier by helicopter a day after the accident.

Cyrill joined SP in March 2006 and soon was one of the most prolific contributors on the site with almost 70 mountain and 5 range pages to his profile. He was an accomplished climber, bagging almost 1000 summits in not quite seven years. Among them are 35 4000ers and 272 3000ers, almost all of them in his home country Switzerland.

While contributing a lot on SP, Cyrill's real internet home was where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on and other climbing sites, often under his real name but also under the pseudonym Digitalis. He was a botanist by profession and also contributed his knowledge about medical plants to different websites. Cyrill will be greatly missed by all.

This page will be kept in honour of Cyrill, one of SP's most prolific members and most active mountaineers.

Rest in peace, brother!

The picture above was taken on the summit of Matterhorn on July 28th 2007.



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