The Swiss alpine peak of Weisshorn. Picture taken from Tschiertschen. Arosa Weisshorn (2653m) is the highest point in the ski resort of Arosa, Graubunden, Switzerland.

Weisshorn is a major peak in the Swiss Alps, sitting in the Pennine Alps, and is located between the valleys of Anniviers and Zermatt in the canton of Valais, Switzerland.

The word “weisshorn” literally translates to mean “white peak” or “white mountain,” and it is considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the Alps and Switzerland for its pure white slopes and pyramid shape.

Bishorn (left) and the Weisshorn in the Southern Swiss Alps between Zermatt and Zinal. | mountainpix

Its closest neighboring mountain peaks include Grand Gendarme and Bishorn to the north, Brunegghorn to the northeast, Schalihorn directly to the south and Zinalrothorn, Äschhorn, and Mettelhorn a little further south, Blanc de Moming and Besso to the southwest, Pointe d’Ar Pitetta to the west, and Les Diablons to the northwest.

Sunrise on the Weisshorn in the Swiss alps.

Country: Switzerland

State/Province: Valais

Mountain Range: Pennine Alps, Swiss Alps

ParentsMonte Rosa, Pennine Alps

Elevation: 14,783 feet / 4,506 meters

Prominence: 1,235 feet / 376 meters

First Ascent: August 19th, 1861, by John Tyndall with guides J.J. Bennen and Ulrich Wenger

Fun Fact: Weisshorn climbers can use the Weisshorn Hut as a rest stop via the normal route along the Eastern Ridge.

South Tyrol, the Weisshorn
Sunrise of Weisshorn Peak (Arosa) in winter

Plant Life: In the spring, beautiful wildflowers like edelweiss and glacier buttercups dot the hills of the Monte Rosa area. Conifers and larch trees are common in the Pennine Alps, and locals enjoy the fruits of fruit trees, grape vines, and blueberry bushes that grow in the lower valleys.

Animal Life: Ibex, chamois, marmots, and stoats are common in the Pennine Alps.

Bird Life: Several species of birds live in the Monte Rosa area, including the rock partridge, golden eagle, griffon vulture, peregrine falcon, hazel and black grouse, black woodpecker, and ptarmigan.

Majestic Weisshorn at sunrise


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