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Lagginhorn 4,010 m asl

The often underestimated

The second highest peak of the Weissmies group is a broad rock wall with some smaller ice fields to the east of Saas. The mountain used to be called "Laquinhorn".


Key Facts: 

First ascent: 26 August 1856 by Edward Levi Ames with three other Englishmen and the mountain guides Franz-Josef Andenmatten, Johann Josef Imseng and three other mountain guides from Saas.

Altitude: 4,010 m asl

    From the Wiessmieshütte SAC or Hohsaas - west-southwest ridge (normal route) Difficulty: WS
    Crossing Fletschhorn - Lagginhorn Difficulty: WS+
    S-N- traverse from Lagginjoch Difficulty: ZS

Special features & origin of name

The Lagginhorn is a two kilometre long, gently curving rocky ridge between the Lagginjoch and the Fletschjoch. The main summit, at 4,010m, lies to the north of the ridge. It is unclear whether the name of the Lagginhorn, also called Laquinhorn, is related to the small mountain lakes in the rear part of the Laggin valley and thus derives from lacus (Latin). Some theories go back to the Saracens. In Arabic, allâqîn = (over)hanging. Just as the Saracens had their own names for many mountains, so the Lagginhorn has its own name, "ts Lagg'ii".


Mountain and SAC huts nearby

The Weissmieshütte  of the SAC (2,726 m asl) on the west side of the Lagginhorn - with an incomparable view of the 18 four-thousand-metre peaks in the Saas-Fee/Saastal holiday region - is a popular starting point for a variety of tours on rock and ice. The successful interior design creates a cosy atmosphere, and groups or clubs will find a homely hall. Comfortable mattress dormitories ensure a good night's sleep, while the smaller dormitories are ideal for families.

The hut is the starting point for the Weissmies and Lagginhorn, the Fletschhorn, which is almost 4000m high, the climbing routes in the Jegihorn south face, the highest via ferrata in the Alps, the Gsponer Höhenweg and numerous ski and snowboard tours.

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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

Lagginhorn Glacier

The Lagginhorn Glacier is traversed on the Alpine Tour and is considered to have few crevasses and is relatively "harmless". Even a glacier with few crevasses will have one or two - you will need to have the appropriate mountaineering skills.



While the ski slopes on Hohsaas are slowly emptying, it is time to climb the Lagginjoch. A mountain guide accompanies the energetic snowshoe hikers on easy terrain over the Hohlaub glacier 500 metres up to the Lagginjoch. At the end of the evening we enjoy a tasty cheese fondue.

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