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Zumsteinspitze (4,563 m.a.s.l.)

The Zumsteinspitze at 4,563 m.a.s.l is the third highest summit of the Monte Rosa massif and stands both on Swiss and Italian soil. It lies between the Dufourspitze and the Signalkuppe, separated by the Grenzsattel 4,453 m.a.s.l and the Colle Gnifetti 4,453 m.a.s.l.. It was first climbed for scientific reasons when the Monte Rosa massif was still totally unknown.

Origin of name
Austrian general and topographer Baron von Welden named the peak after Joseph Zumstein who made the first ascent in summer 1820 and contributed to physical research. The two researchers worked together and rendered great service to the topographic access to the Monte Rosa massif.

History / Legends
It’s likely that ibex on the Monte Rosa massif would now be history had not draper, natural scientist and forestry inspector Joseph Zumstein from the Val de Gressoney made the House of Savoy aware of the dwindling numbers of these impressive animals. A protection order, the Patenti, was issued on 21 September 1821.


4,563 m a.s.l.

First climbed

01st August 1820

First climbed by

Joseph and Johann Niklaus Vincent, Joseph Zumstein, Joseph Beck, H. Molinatti, Marty and Castel


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 Zumsteinspitze.
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.)

Starting point

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m.a.s.l.)
Rifugio Mantova (3,498 m.a.s.l.)
Capanna Regina Margherita (4,554 m.a.s.l)
New Monte Rosa Hut (2,795 m.a.s.l.)

Various routes

On the Italian side, the departure points for a summit tour are the mountain huts Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m.a.s.l.) and Rifugio Mantova (3,498 m.a.s.l.) as well as the Capanna Regina Margherita (4,554 m.a.s.l.) on the Signalkuppe. These are reached from the village of Alagna (1,190 m.a.s.l.).
On the Swiss side, the peak is climbed from Zermatt via the Monte Rosa Hut (2,795 m.a.s.l.).
All routes are classic high-Alpine tours demanding suitable equipment and experience.

Refreshment areas / mountain cabins

Capanna Gnifetti (3,611 m.a.s.l.)
Rifugio Mantova (3,498 m.a.s.l.)
Capanna Regina Margherita (4,554 m.a.s.l.)
New Monte Rosa Hut (2,795 m.a.s.l.)

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