For the mountain in the Bernese Alps, see Wasenhorn (Bernese Alps).
German: Wasenhorn, Italian: Punta Terrarossa

The south side of the Wasenhorn from the Monte Leone Hut
Highest point
Elevation 3,246 m (10,650 ft)
Prominence 476 m (1,562 ft)[1]
Parent peak Monte Leone
Coordinates 46°16′00″N 8°05′09″E / 46.26667°N 8.08583°E / 46.26667; 8.08583Coordinates: 46°16′00″N 8°05′09″E / 46.26667°N 8.08583°E / 46.26667; 8.08583

Location in the Alps

Countries Switzerland and Italy
Canton/Region Valais and Piedmont
Parent range Lepontine Alps
Topo map Swiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

The Wasenhorn (German, Italian: Punta Terrarossa; 3,246 metres (10,650 ft)) is a mountain of the Lepontine Alps, located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It lies halfway between Brig (Swiss canton of Valais) and Varzo (Italian region of Piedmont), just north of Monte Leone, in the Simplon Pass area. Politically the Wasenhorn is split between the municipalities of Ried-Brig and Varzo.

The Simplon Tunnel runs into the massif of the Wasenhorn, below the subsidiary summit named Tunnelspitz (2,903 m (9,524 ft)).

Access road

Just follow to the road towards the Simplon pass, either from from Brig on the Swiss side, or from Domodossola on the Italian side.

Climbing Route

The normal route to the summit of the Wasenhorn starts from the Monte Leone Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club (2,848 m (9,344 ft)), located on the south side of the mountain, above the Chaltwasser Pass, which connects the Simplon Pass with the Alpe Veglia.

To reach the hut from the Swiss side, there is a 2 hours 30 minute walk from the Simplon Hospiz which is at the Simplon pass road. From the hut to the summit takes a further one hour and thirty minutes.

By continuing on towards the Aurona pass the Bivacco Farello is reached - a typical Alpine refuge.

Other mountains around to climb

From the Simplon pass, climbers can reach other nearby mountains:


  1. Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Chaltwasserpass (2,770 m).

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