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Stecknadelhorn 4,241 m asl

The most inconspicuous of the Nadelgrat

Avec ses 4 241 m d'altitude, c'est l'une des plus hautes montagnes de la région. Le Stecknadelhorn est le plus discret des quatre mille du Nadelgrat, qui en compte quatre. Le flanc nord du Stecknadelhorn est glaciaire.

Key Facts:

First ascent: 8 August 1887 by Oscar Eckenstein with guide Matthias Zurbriggen.

Altitude: 4,241 m asl

Routes: crossing from the Bordier hut via Nadelgrat | Difficulty: ZS

Special features & origin of name

The Stecknadelhorn has almost the same name as its neighbor, the needle horn. The assumption is obvious, as the external shape is very similar and the saying "looking for a needle in a haystack" can be derived from it. This would also reflect the inconspicuousness of the mountain.

Mountain and SAC huts nearby

The Mischabelhütte is located on a narrow rocky ridge between the Hohbalm and Fall glaciers at an altitude of 3,340 m asl, making it the third-highest SAC hut in Switzerland. The steep ascent (four hours from Saas-Fee, three hours from Hannigalp) is strenuous, but the reward at the top is more than worth it. The view into the distance and into the depths is breathtaking!

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The Bordierhütte is an alpine refuge of the Geneva Section of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). It is located above St. Niklaus. It is the central starting point to the peaks of the Balfring Group and the Nadelgrat.

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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

The Stecknadelhorn lies between the Hohberg and Ried Glaciers. Ried Glacier is a valley glacier on the north flank of the Mischabel group. Hohberggletscher is located on the western flank of the Mischabel group. Hohberggletscher originates from the summit of Dom (4545 m asl) and covers the entire north-west flank of Dom.