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Liskamm (4,527 m a.s.l.)

The Liskamm (often also written as Lyskamm) is located to the west of the Monte Rosa group. The East Summit (4,527 m above sea level) is the highest point of the ridge, which is several kilometres long and crowns the almost 1,000 m high ice-covered North-east face. The ascents over the ridges are long and dangerous, as the ridge has a tendency to form cornices, even though the climbs are not particularly difficult from a technical viewpoint. 

Origin of the name 
Up to the 40’s of the last century, the Liskamm still bore names such as Monte Rosa, Monte Rosa summit, small Monte Rosa and Rosenhorn. Another name that the mountain still carries today is “Silberbast”. The word “Bast” refers to the wooden pack-saddle that pack-mules carried when transporting goods. This saddle has raised parts at the front and back, rather like the Liskamm with its two summits. This name dates back to the fantasy of Pastor Berchtold and was readily adopted by the Zermatt guides. Nevertheless, the name “Liskamm” proposed by the Freiherrn (Baron) Ludwig von Welden became established. The Lys is a 40 km long river that rises from the Italian side of the glacial arms of the Liskamm. 

History / legend 
The man-eater
Due to the lack of knowledge about the danger of cornices, many tragedies occurred on the Liskamm in the 19th century. The over-large rope groups walked over the deposited snow on crests and the edges of the terrain, which then collapsed under the weight of the rope group. But the superstition of the local people attributed the frequent accidents to the dark forces of the Liskamm. In one incident, for example, a single cornice fracture plunged three brothers from the well-known Knubel mountain guide family from St. Niklaus into the deep. 

Film star 
Arnold Franck, the German director and pioneer of mountain films, shot his first mountain film "Im Kampf mit dem Berge (The fight with the mountains)" on the Liskamm in 1921, with Hannes Schneider and Ilse Rohde as the leading actors. Sepp Allgeier, Franck’s first cameraman, , who, among other films, also shot „Der Kampf ums Matterhorn (The battle for the Matterhorn)“ in 1928, was behind the camera.


4,527 m a.s.l.

First climbed

19th August 1861

First climbed by

William Edward Hall, Jean-Pierre Cachat, Peter Perren, Josef-Marie Perren, J.F. Hardy, J.A. Hudson, C.H. Pilkington, A.C. Ramsay, T. Rennison, F. Sibson, R.M. Stephenson, Franz Lochmatter, Karl Herr and Stefan Zumtaugwald


Information for hikers

Different hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Hike from the Gornergrat to the new Monte-Rosa cabin

Mountain railway offers


Information for excursions

Information about the various peaks

You have the best view of the Liskamm from the Gornergrat
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.)
Gressoney-la-Trinité (1,624 m a.s.l.)
Zermatt (1,620 m a.s.l.)

Starting point

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m a.s.l.)
Capanna Quintino Sella (3,585 m a.s.l.)
New Monte-Rosa cabin (2,795 m a.s.l.)

Various routes

The normal ascents take place over the ridges:

  • from the Lisjoch col (4,151 m a.s.l.) over the east ridge to the east summit
  • Over the south ridge to the east summit
  • From the Felikjoch col (4,063 m a.s.l.) over the south-west ridge to the west summit and then over the long ridge to the east summit

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m a.s.l.)
Rifugio Città di Mantova (3,498 m a.s.l)

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