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Grenzgipfel (4,618 m a.s.l.)

Four in one go and one of them the Grenzgipfel: the ridge to the Dufourspitze, the highest summit in Switzerland, has four rises: the shoulder, the Grenzgipfel, the Ostspitze and the actual Dufourspitze. The first ascent of the Grenzgipfel was thus also the first ascent of the Dufourspitze. The insignificant 4000 m peak on the route to the Dufourspitze has often been confused with others on maps and in guides.

Origin of name
The Grenzgipfel is the highest point on the border between Switzerland and Italy.


4,618 m a.s.l.

First climbed

01st August 1855

First climbed by

Charles Hudson, John Birbeck, Christopher Smyth, James G. Smyth, Edward J.W. Stevenson, Ulrich Lauener, Johannes Zumtaugwald, Matthäus Zumtaugwald


Information for hikers

Different hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Hike from the Gornergrat to the new Monte Rosa Hut

Mountain railway offers


Information for excursions

Information about the various peaks

The Gornergrat offers the most spectacular views of the Grenzgipfel.
With the Gornergrat-Bahn Zermatt - Gornergrat - Zermatt

Short, easy walks or hikes

Rotenboden - Riffelberg

Information for mountaineers / alpinists

Valley location

Alagna Valsesia (1,190 m.a.s.l.)
Zermatt (1,620 m.a.s.l.)

Starting point

Rifugio Regina Margherita (4,554 m.a.s.l.)
New Monte-Rosa Hut (2,795 m.a.s.l.)

Various routes

The Grenzgipfel is seldom climbed as a goal in itself but traversed on the way to the Dufourspitze.

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

Rifugio Regina Margherita (4,554 m.a.s.l.)
New Monte-Rosa Hut (2,795 m.a.s.l.)

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