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Weissmies 4,017m asl

The shrinking

The Weissmies is the highest mountain between the Saas Valley, the Simplon region and the Italian Valli d'Ossola. The northwest side of the mountain is glaciated.


Key Facts:

First ascent: August 1855 by Jakob Christian Heusser and Peter Joseph Zurbriggen.

Altitude: 4,017 m asl

From Hohsaas via the west-northwest flank | Difficulty: WS
From Almagellerhütte SAC via the SSE ridge | Difficulty: WS+
From Hohsaas (N ridge) | Difficulty: ZS+

Special features & origin of name

The name Weissmies comes from the Valais dialect. Moss is called "Mies" in the dialect of the valley, and since this mountain really looks like it is covered with a white blanket of moss, the name makes sense.


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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What began as a rustic mountain hut continues in the modern mountain restaurant built in 2006. At Hohsaas, 3,200 m asl, you will be spoiled with cheese specialties and excellent regional wines in a familiar atmosphere. The sun terrace offers an unforgettable view of the Monte Rosa massif and other imposing four-thousanders. Speaking of four-thousanders: Would you like to start your mountain tour well rested and be the first to reach the summit? The cozy rooms make it possible!

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The Almagellerhütte is situated on the south side of the Weissmies and is the starting point for high mountain, climbing and hiking tours, as well as an excursion destination for day visitors. Rugged cliffs, rushing streams, blue skies, clear views of the Saas peaks, fresh air and a healthy climate create the perfect setting for your stay.

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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

Trift Glacier

The Trift Glacier is about 2.5 km long and covers an area of about 2 km². The starting point is at the top of the Weissmies.