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Southern Alps

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointMonte Rosa (4634 m/15,203 ft)
CountriesItaly (77%), Switzerland (23%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesLombardy (43%), Piedmont (14%), Graubünden (11%), Trentino-Alto Adige (9%), Veneto (7%), Valais (6%), Ticino (5%), Valle d’Aosta (3%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area50,712 sq km / 19,580 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent232 km / 144 mi North-South
431 km / 268 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long45° 56' N; 9° 45' E
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Map of Southern Alps
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Southern Alps.
AlpsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Western AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Southern AlpsLevel 3
                 Pennine AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Lepontine AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Rhaetian AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Orobie AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 OrtlesLevel 4 (Child)
                 Brenta-Adamello-Garda GroupLevel 4 (Child)
         Eastern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Southern Alps

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Monte Rosa463415,203Pennine Alps
2.Dom454514,911Pennine Alps
3.Liskamm452714,852Pennine Alps
4.Weisshorn450614,783Pennine Alps
5.Täschhorn449114,734Pennine Alps
6.Matterhorn447814,692Pennine Alps
7.Dent Blanche435714,295Pennine Alps
8.Nadelhorn432714,196Pennine Alps
9.Corno Nero432214,180Pennine Alps
10.Grand Combin431414,154Pennine Alps
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Monte Rosa463415,203Pennine Alps
2.Piz Bernina404913,284Rhaetian Alps
3.Ortles390512,812Ortles
4.Cima Presanella355811,673Brenta-Adamello-Garda Group
5.Monte Leone355211,654Lepontine Alps
6.Pizzo di Coca305010,007Orobie Alps



Photos of Peaks in the Southern Alps

Monte Rosa

Greg Slayden contemplates the cloud-capped icy majesty of the Monte Rosa massif, high point of the Swiss Alps (1993-08-14).
Nordend
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Nordend from the Dufourspitze (2010-07-31). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Dom

The Mischabel massif on a crystal clear day, from the slopes of the Fletschhorn. The Dom is the highest summit (1993-08-21).
Matterhorn

This unusual view of the Matterhorn showcases it’s sheer east face (1993-08).
Breithorn
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Breithorn (L) and Matterhorn (R) from Monte Rosa at sunrise (2010-07-31). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Piz Bernina
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Climbers traversing the summit ridge from Piz Alv to Piz Bernina in high winds on the Biancograt Route (2012-07-23). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Allalinhorn
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Climbers ascending the Allalinhorn. Mountains in distant background L to R are Dufourspitze, Liskamm, Castor, Pollux and Breithorn (2010-08-06). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Weissmies
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Weissmies from Lagginhorn (2011-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Fletschhorn

The Fletschhorn just misses the 4000-meter mark, but it is still an impressive summit, as seen here on the approach from Weissmies Hut (1993-08-21).
Jegihorn
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Jegihorn south face (2012-09-05). Photo by Mac Bridges.
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