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Liskamm West Summit (4479 m)

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

Venture up Switzerland’s famously treacherous Liskamm 4000er, affectionately nicknamed the “people eater”.

Also in Aoste, Italy

Ski Touring Severe

15 km
1.3 km
2 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
4.5 km
Liskamm West Summit (4479 m) Map

The Liskamm is an impressively large mountain on the border between the Swiss canton of Valais and the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta. It gained a reputation of meanness and severity from its many cornices and proneness to avalanches. The border ridge consists of Liskamm Ost, a 4527m high east summit and Liskamm West, a 4479m high summit. The two Liskamm peaks are separated from each other by a saddle, and this popular ski tour is a hut to hut route taking you up to the Liskamm West summit.


Beginning at the Rifugio Quintino Sella, reached by the Capanna Quintino Sella, head up the Liskamm West Summit (4479m) by taking the slopes up the Felik glacier, bypass the Punta Perazzi to the east, and continuing on to the Felikjoch (4061m). From here you descend a little until you reach the col and follow the ridge towards Liskamm west, approaching from the north side.

Descend the way you came up to Felikjoch, and from there head down to the Monte Rosa hut.

Sources https://www.gipfelbuch.ch/tourenfuehrer/gipfel/id/6455/LiskammWest https://www.outdooractive.com/



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Extreme Exposure (E4)

4 out of 4

In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and June


  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

Similar routes nearby

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