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Dirruhorn (4,035 m a.s.l.)

The rocky Dirruhorn is the last summit of the Nadelgrat Ridge, lying to the north-west of the Mischabel range. It forms the isolated end point of the ridge and, unlike the other four summits of the Nadelgrat ridge, is seldom climbed – one reason, among others, being that the corn snow has melted away in recent years and there is a danger of falling rocks.

Origin of the name
The name originates from the Valais dialect: “dirr” meaning “dürr or trocken = dry”. The name was probably derived from “Dirrufad” (= dürrer Pfad = dry path), a very dry, south-facing mountain meadow below the Dirrugrat ridge, leading to the ridge, glacier and summit.


4,2035 m a.s.l.

First climbed

07th September 1879

First climbed by

Albert-Frederick Mummery, William Penhall, Alexander Burgener, Ferdinand Imseng

Information for hikers

Various hiking tips with a view of the mountain

Randa – Rötiboden – Weisshornhütte cabin

Duration of the hike

5 hours

Information for excursions

Short, easy walks or hikes

LSB St. Niklaus – Jungen Genossenschafts-Bahn (aerial cable car)

Information for mountaineers / alpinists

Valley location

Saas-Fee (1,803 m a.s.l.)

Starting point

Mischabelhütte cabin (3,329 m a.s.l.)

Various routes

From the Dirrujoch col over the SE ridge
From the Europahütte cabin over the SW ridge (Dirrugrat)
From Schneesattel/Selle over the N ridge

Refreshment points / mountain cabins

Mischabelhütte cabin (3,329 m a.s.l.)
Bordierhütte cabin (2,886 m a.s.l.)

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