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Allalinhorn 4,027 m asl

The local mountain of Saas-Fee

Anyone who has ever been to the Saas-Fee/Saastal in good weather has marvelled at the legendary Allalinhorn 4,027 m asl. If you look at the mountain from the village, it seems like a single mighty pyramid of snow and ice.


Key Facts: 

First ascent: 28 August 1856 Franz Andenmatten with a mountain guide from the Imseng family and the Englishman Edward Levi Ames.

Altitude: 4,027 m asl

    West flank (normal route) Difficulty: L
    Hohlaubgrat difficulty: WS+

Special features & origin of name

There is no consensus on the origin of the name. Some believe that the name "Allalin" has an Arabic origin (All Ayalin = by the maple), while others claim that the name is easy to explain: Because the mountain stands alone, it is called "Allalin". 

The Allalin is considered one of the easiest and most climbed mountains in the Alps. Thanks to its easy accessibility (railway to Mittelallalin 3,500 m asl), many mountaineers climb this snowy peak every day.

Mountain and SAC huts nearby

The world-famous revolving restaurant Allalin offers a very special restaurant visit. It is the highest revolving restaurant in the world at 3'500 metres above sea level. One thing is more enjoyable than the delicious cuisine: the unique view of countless mountain giants. In one hour, the restaurant rotates 360 degrees around its axis. While you enjoy regional and international dishes, you can feast your eyes on the constantly changing view.

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The Britanniahütte, at 3,030 m asl, is one of the most visited SAC huts in the Alps. There are good reasons for this! The hut is suitable as a starting point for climbing numerous mountain tours. The fantastic view as far as Italy and the glacier world will leave you in awe. The legendary Genepi is also not to be missed. 

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Mountain guide offices

If you have any questions or would like to book a tour, the mountain guide offices in Saas-Fee/Saastal are happy to help. 

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Surrounding glaciers

Hohlaub Glacier

The Hohlaub glacier starts northeast below Allalin. During the Little Ice Age, Hohlaub glacier flowed into Allalin glacier. Today, the Hohlaub glacier does not reach as far down.


The Allalin glacier is the largest glacier in the upper reaches of the Saas Vispa and starts at the glaciated summit of the Strahlhorn. In 1973 it was 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide on average. Since then, it has receded by about 500 m due to glacial melting. 
During the construction of the Mattmark dam, an ice mass of about half a million cubic meters suddenly broke off the Allalin glacier and buried a large part of the construction site at the foot of the dam. This resulted in the deaths of 88 people.

Fee glacier

The Fee glacier is a two-part glacier above Saas-Fee on the eastern side of the Mischabel massif. It is about 6 kilometres long and covers a total area of 16 km². Large parts of the south Fee glacier belong to the Saas-Fee ski area.


Glacier Experience Tours

An impressive tour across the glacier leaves no one cold. 

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