Pennine Alps

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMonte Rosa (4634 m/15,203 ft)
CountriesItaly (76%), Switzerland (24%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesPiedmont (50%), Valais (24%), Valle d’Aosta (15%), Lombardy (12%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area11,218 sq km / 4,331 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent148 km / 92 mi North-South
174 km / 108 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long45° 41' N; 8° 5' E
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Map of Pennine 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 Pennine Alps.
Southern AlpsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Pennine AlpsLevel 4
                 Grande Rochére-Fallére AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Grand Combin AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Otemma AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southwest Zermatt AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Weisshorn GroupLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southeast Zermatt AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 MischabelLevel 5 (Child)
                 Weissgrat-San MartinoLevel 5 (Child)
                 Weissmies GroupLevel 5 (Child)
                 Monte Rosa FoothillsLevel 5 (Child)
         Lepontine AlpsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Rhaetian AlpsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Orobie AlpsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         OrtlesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Brenta-Adamello-Garda GroupLevel 4 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Pennine Alps

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Monte Rosa463415,203Southeast Zermatt Area
3.Liskamm452714,852Southeast Zermatt Area
4.Weisshorn450614,783Weisshorn Group
6.Matterhorn447814,692Southwest Zermatt Area
7.Dent Blanche435714,295Weisshorn Group
9.Corno Nero432214,180Southeast Zermatt Area
10.Grand Combin431414,154Grand Combin Area
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 NamemftRange5
1.Monte Rosa463415,203Southeast Zermatt Area
3.Weisshorn450614,783Weisshorn Group
4.Matterhorn447814,692Southwest Zermatt Area
5.Grand Combin431414,154Grand Combin Area
6.Strahlhorn419013,747Weissgrat-San Martino
7.Weissmies401713,179Weissmies Group
8.La Ruinette387512,713Otemma Area
9.Grande Rochere332610,912Grande Rochére-Fallére Area
10.Monte Tagliaferro29649724Monte Rosa Foothills

Photos of Peaks in the Pennine 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).
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Nordend from the Dufourspitze (2010-07-31). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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The Mischabel massif on a crystal clear day, from the slopes of the Fletschhorn. The Dom is the highest summit (1993-08-21).

This unusual view of the Matterhorn showcases it’s sheer east face (1993-08).
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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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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 from Lagginhorn (2011-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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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).
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Jegihorn south face (2012-09-05). Photo by Mac Bridges.
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