The Strahlhorn is the most southerly 4,000-metre peak around Saas-Fee. It is rarely climbed. The glacier ascent to the summit reveals magnificent panoramic views.


4,190 m

First ascent
15 August 1854

First climbed by
Christopher Smyth, Ulrich Lauener, Edmund J. Grenville, Franz-Josef Andenmatten

Tips for visitors

  • Saas-Fee – Felskinn (Balm) – Mittelallalin (Metro funicular)

Tips for hikers

  • Saas-Fee: Felskinn (Balm) – Britannia hut (possibly with mountain guide)

Strahlhorn: tips for mountaineers

  • Mountain guide necessary
  • 2-day trip
  • Long glacier tour
  • Medium difficulty

Between two mountain giants
The Strahlhorn lies close to Saas-Fee, half-way between the Mischabel group and the Monte Rosa massif, just a few kilometres from the Italian border.

Origin of name
The Strahlhorn has always provided a rich yield of needle quartz, known as “Schtrale” in the Zermatt dialect – hence the mountain’s name. Today, the mountain is almost completely covered by glaciers.


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