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Strahlhorn 4,190 m asl

The southernmost 4,000-metre peak in Saas-Fee

This peak is visible in all its beauty from the terrace at the Britannia Hut.


Key Facts:

First ascent: 15 August 1854 by Christopher Smyth, Ulrich Lauener, Edmund J. Grenville and Franz-Josef Andenmatten.

Altitude: 4,190 m asl

Schwarzberggrat from Mattmark | Difficulty: WS
From Britanniahütte SAC via the WNW ridge from Adlerpass | Difficulty: WS
From Flue via the WNW ridge | Difficulty: ZS -


Special features & origin of name

The Strahlhorn is said to get its name from the rich yield of "Strahlen" (Quartz needles), as Prof. Melchior Ulrich put it at the time.


Mountain & SAC huts nearby

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.

To the mountain guide offices


Surrounding glaciers

Allalin glacier

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.