7 September 1879
First climbed by
Albert-Frederick Mummery, William Penhall, Alexander Burgener, Ferdinand Imseng
Tips for hikers
- Route: Randa - Rötiboden - Weisshorn hut
Dirruhorn: tips for climbers
- Mountain guide necessary
- 2-day trip
- Ideal option for ridge climb in mixed, high-altitude terrain
The last outcrop of the Nadelgrat
The rocky Dirruhorn is the last summit of the Nadelgrat ridge, located north-west of the Mischabel massif. It forms the isolated end point of the Nadelgrat and, unlike the other four summits of the ridge, is seldom climbed – one reason being that much of the snow has melted away in recent years and there is a danger of falling rocks. The Nadelgrat links the Lenzspitze, Nadelhorn, Stecknadelhorn, Hobärghorn and Dirruhorn.
Origin of name
In the Valais dialect, “dirr” means “dry”. The Dirrufad (“dry path”) is a very dry, south-facing mountain meadow below the Dirrugrat ridge, which probably also provided the names for the ridge, glacier and summit.