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Lyskamm 45.923300, 7.833600

Facts About Lyskamm

Lyskamm is the eighth tallest mountain in the Alps. That list is still topped off by Mont Blanc. It better known for the 2 summits simply identified as East and West with a long, sharp edge keeping said summits apart. The Eastern peak stands at 4,527m above sea level while the Western peak is at 4,479m above sea level.

Its former nickname “Menschenfresser” served as a warning (or challenge, depending on who you ask) to other trekkers as it is literally translated as “man-eater” in reference to how many climbers died from falling over the snow cornices found by the side.

How to get to Lyskamm?

With the cornices mentioned, traversing the path to Lyskamm is, at most, not as difficult as expected as the cornices are avoidable. The trail extends from Lysjoch to Felikjoch, both starting points upwards the summit.

Starting from Lysjoch leads to an enjoyable ski tour as you trek from said spot to Waeber for about 2 hours, then trekking to Biner next upwards to the Gnifetti hut. The terminal point is at Dumler where a ski depot awaits trekkers.

Plan your climb to Lyskamm.

While the previous paragraph explained one suggested way to reach the pinnacle, several alternative – as many as 6 alternate routes, mostly safe – this is one mountain you climb with some skiing gear in tow. Several mountain huts lined up the trail that even the non-skiing trails have said huts.

What to expect at Lyskamm?

For the trails available for the non-skiing tourists traversing the path, having mountain huts closer to the mountain means better photo opportunities to see the peak from one’s chosen spot among the available mountain huts. Options to tread the Italian side of the trek are also available for tourists booked in the Gnifetti hut.

 

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