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Vincent-Pyramide (4,215 m a.s.l.)

The Vincent Pyramid is the most southern of the nine 4,000-metre summits of the Monte Rosa Massif, and is located in Italy. Its first ascent was not so much inspired by sporting ambition but rather the search for high-mountain gold. The search for gold: this explains the illustrious rope group consisting of Johann Nikolaus Vincent, the owner of the gold mines of Alagna, who was a mining engineer and the first person to reach the summit, the hunter Jacques Castel and two mine workers. They climbed to the summit on the 5th August 1819 via the South-east face. The most frequently climbed route of all on the Monte Rosa Massif is from the Colle Vincent to the Vincent Pyramid. This route was first used in 1851 by the brothers Adolph and Hermann Schlagintweit and Peter Beck.

Origin of the name
The summit, with its almost vertical face in the Alanga Valley, received the name Piramide Vincent in honour of Paul Vincent, who climbed it in 1819.

Stories / legends
The Vincent-Pyramid rises in the shape of an impressive pyramid to the south of the Colle Vincent (4,087 m a.s.l.). When regarded from the (4,107 m a.s.l.),  it appears to be the “last mountain”  – everything behind it appears to fall away into a bottomless pit, which is almost correct, as Alagna (1,190 m a.s.l.) is only eight kilometres away from this 4,000-metre summit as the crow flies. (SAC)


4,215 m a.s.l.

First climbed

5th August 1819

First climbed by

Johann Nikolaus Vincent with the hunter Jacques Castel and two mine workers

Information for hikers

Various hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Hike from Gornergrat to the new Monte-Rosa cabin

Cabins on the route / picnic locations

Gornergrat, new Monte-Rosa cabin

Mountain railway possibilities

With the Gornergrat-Bahn mountain railway: Zermatt-Rotenboden-Zermatt

Information for excursions

Information about the various peaks

You have the best view of the Ludwigshöhe from Gornergrat, with the.
Gornergrat-Bahn mountain railway Zermatt – Gornergrat - Zermatt

Short, easy walks or hikes

Rotenboden - Riffelberg


Information for mountaineers / alpinists

Valley location

Alagna Valsesia (1,190 m a.s.l.)

Starting point

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m a.s.l.)

Various routes with level of difficulty
and duration

From Rifugio Gnifetti over the SSW Ridge (WS)
From Rifugio Gnifetti over the W Ridge (WS+)

Refreshment points/ mountain cabins

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m a.s.l.)
Rifugio Città di Mantova (3,470 m a.s.l.)

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