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Felikhorn (4,174 m.a.s.l.)

The Felikhorn is an inconspicuous 4000-metre peak. It is located to the south-west of the Felikjoch, which can be reached in three hours from the New Monte Rosa cabin or in one and a half hours from the CAI cabin Rifugio Quintino Sella. The Felikjoch is the highest alpine tourist crossing. It connects the Mattertal Valley to the Val de Gressoney or the New Monte Rosa cabin with the Capanna Quintino Sella above the Zwilling and Felik glaciers. It is especially useful for those who want to climb Castor or the Liskamm from the Capanna Sella. 

Origin of the name and history / legends
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4,174 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 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 ascent takes place over the ridges:

  • from the Lisjoch (4,151 m) over the East Ridge to the East Summit
  • over the South Ridge to the East Summit
  • from the Felikjoch (4,063 m) over the South-west Ridge to the West Summit and then continuing along the long ridge to the East Summit
These ascents over the ridges are not particularly demanding from a technical point of view, but are rather long and dangerous, as the ridge is often heavily corniced.

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

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

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