Seven easiest 4000m peaks in the Alps

Are you looking for a climbing challenge, but lack the experience to tackle the Everest? No worries, there are several mountain peaks in the Alps that will look great on your climbing resume and are a good climb for novices.

  1. Breithorn, 4164m
  2. Gran Paradiso, 4061m
  3. Mont Blanc, 4810m
  4. Monte Rosa, 4634m
  5. Weissmiess, 4017m
  6.  Lagginhorn, 4010m
  7. Allalinhorn, 4027m

However, bear in mind that to climb the relatively easy 4000m peaks in the Alps you are best of with a local guide.  It is necessary to have basic mountaineering knowledge in terms of glacier safety, rope work, using crampons and ice axe. Also know how to deal with the changing weather and snow conditions.  

Climbing 4000m+ requires strength, endurance, and strong cardiovascular conditioning. Also bring some shoes fit for the job. 

Here are seven easy mountains in the Alps that will help you reach your goals, higher than 4000 meter. 

Breithorn, 4164m

The Breithorn is regarded as the easiest of all 4000 meter peaks in the Alps. This because a cable car towards Klein Matterhorn will bring you up 3883m, leaving with only a mere 300m to climb. Most mountaineers are able to get the climb done in 3 hours or less.

Easiest route – The easiest route to climb the Breithorn is by taking the cable car up to Klein Matterhorn and follow the normal route that leads you in about 3 hours to the summit. The route crosses a glaciated plateau before ascending and following the ridge.

Why climb it?

Not only because the Breithorn is an easy and short climb, but its location is one of the main reasons why it’s a popular climb. It is nestled in between the Monte Rosa massif and the iconic Matterhorn. Obviously you get impressive views from the summit.

How to reach it?

The Breithorn is best reached via Zermatt in Switzerland, a mountaineering village at the base of the iconic Matterhorn. The cable car at the end of the Mattertal will bring you to the Klein Matterhorn, just over 3800 meter. From here you can start your climb to the summit of the Breithorn.

Mountain huts

One of the best places to spend the night before attempting a summit bit is Gandegghütte. This is a cosy little mountain hut located about 30 minutes from the Trockener Steg cable car station (same cable car that leads to Klein Matterhorn).

It is not only a great place to spend the night for acclimatizing reasons, but the views towards the Matterhorn are simply impressive. Also, the Breithorn is looming behind the mountain hut and seems quite intimidating from this point of view, despite being an easy climb.

Another option is the Theodulhutte, with an altitude of 3317m, located near the highest mountain pass in the Alps. It would take a longer hike from Trockener Stegg and involves crossing a glacier (though be it a safe one).

Gran Paradiso, 4061m

The Gran Paradiso is the highest independent peak in Italy and offers impressive panoramic views on the Mont Blanc massif and many other renown peaks in the Alps such as Grand Combin and Monte Rosa. Most of the ascent involves crossing slight angled and glaciated snow slopes which require basic glacier travel experience. The last part of the ascent however, involves a simple though very exposed rock climb to reach the summit. However, this final 50m of ascent can be easily done due to the fixed bolts for protection. The Madonna statue on the summit makes a great photo opportunity. The peak is often climbed as a acclimatization climb for Mont Blanc attempts and can be quite crowded during peak season. For this reason, there can be a bottleneck on the last rocky part.

Normal Route – The easiest route to climb the Gran Paradiso is the normal route starting from Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele or Rifugio Frédéric Chabod. Both mountain huts are easily accessible from Valsavarenche via good mule-tracks. From the hut it is advised to rope up to cross the glacier and meandering through the easy-angled snowslopes. The real climb only starts when reaching the Traditional Peak, where the little statue of Virgin Mary is situated. To reach it, you need to scramble along the summit ridge. Fixed bolts make it an easy and safe rock climb. Though this part is quite exposed and might well be crowded. Allthough, the summit with the Madonna is the goal for all mountaineers with Gran Paradiso on their list, it is not the actual summit. The ‘true’ summit is more less towards the north, but is quite technical.

Why climb it?

Not only are you climbing an easy 4000 meter peak, but Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain completely located in Italian territory. It’s a great climb to learn basic alpine skills and gather experience in rock scrambling at high altitude with crampons.

How to reach it?

Both Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele and Rifugio Frédéric Chabod can be reached from Valsavarenche and are great bases to make your summit attempt. In Valsavarenche there is a free parking area, just at the begin of the path to refuge Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can leave your car.

Mountain huts

The Chabod Hut is one of the two most-used mountain huts for climbing the Gran Paradiso. It is located at the foot of the north-west-face of the mountain in the heart of the national park. Situated at an elevation of 2750 meters, a hike of several hours (2.5h) is needed to reach it. The footpath leading up to it dates from the hunting days of king Vittorio Emanuele II and winds through the woods. The refuge offers services with 85 beds during the summer season and in springtime (for skiing).

Refuge Victor Emanuele is the second refuge often used for Gran Paradiso climbs. It is named after king Vittorio Emanuele II who hunted in the area in the past and gave the national park its status. It takes about two hours to reach from the village of Valsavarenche. With an altitude of 2735m, it is similar in height to the Chabod Hut. It is capable of hosting 120 people, but is only open during the summer season. Prices to stay range from  €3 (sleeping bag) – €65 (all-inclusive)

Mont Blanc, 4810m

It might seem a bit surprising but despite being the highest mountain in the Alps, the Mont Blanc is also one of the easiest to climb regarded from a technical level. The normal route is a great first alpine experience and requires little technical difficulty. Though acclimatization and glacier travel basics should lie in the capabilities of those who attempt it. You need to very, very fit.

First ascent – The first ascent was made on August 8, 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard.  

Easiest route – The easiest route to climb the Mont Blanc is the Gouter route starting from Chamonix. Most summit attempts are undertaken from the Gouter Hut (3835m) or Refuge de Tete Rousse (3167m). In between lays the Aiguille de Gouter, the most technical part of the ascent with a dangerous crossing over the ‘Grand Couloir’ because of the constant stonefall. Allthough I climbed this part in early morning (spent the night at Tete Rousse), it is recommended to stay in Gouter Hut instead and cross this part in daylight for maximum safety. There is a safety line you can secure yourself on, to avoid fatal falls.  Above the Gouter hut, you are constantly exposed to strong winds, though the technical level of the route is low. Just be prepared for high winds on the summit ridge which is narrow and exposed.

Why climb it?

The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe. The summit is located on the Swiss-Italian border, giving tremendous views in the Chamonix valley and the Aosta valley.

How to reach it?

Mont Blanc can be climbed from both Chamonix as well as Courmayeur. Chamonix however is your best choice when tackling from the easiest route, the Gouter route. The ascent starts in Le Faye tor Saint-Gervais where you can take the Mont Blanc Tramway to Nid d’Aigle. Both villages are reachable with public transport in the valley. From here a hike will take you to Tete Rousse. To reach Gouter Hut, one need to climb the Aiguille de Gouter, a more technical rock formation.

Mountain huts

The Refuge du Gouter(3835m) is a new hut replacing the older Gouter Hut and is the starting point for most Mont Blanc ascents on this route. This makes that can be quite crowded here and reservations well in advance are a must.

If you don’t mind a longer ascent (2-3 hours longer), you can sleep in the less-crowded Refuge de Tete Rousse (3167m). This makes for a very long ascent and requires you to cross the Grand Couloir and climb the Aiguille de Gouter in early morning.

Monte Rosa, 4634m


The Monte Rosa is the second largest mountain massif in the Alps. It has ten peaks reaching over 4000 meter, most of them easy to be climb for novice mountaineers. The highest peak is the Dufourspitze (4634m) and is located in Switzerland. This makes it the highest mountain in Switzerland. The peaks can be tackled from Swiss side, as well as from the Italian side. The two highest peaks, Dufourspitze and Nordend, are more technical and require some experience. Zumsteinspitze on the other hand is well within reach for beginners.

First ascent – The first ascent of Zumsteinspitze was made on August 1, 1820 by Joseph Zumstein.

Easiest route – There are several routes leading to Zumsteinspitze, allthough the easiest one is from the Italian side. Most ascents start at the Gnifetti (3647m) or Mantova hut (3498m). The time required for climbing via this route is 5 hours from Gnifetti and about half an hour longer from Mantova Hut. It goes fully over glaciated terrain, so glacier crossing experience is required, though the route is technically easy. Along the way there are several other peaks that are easy within reach such as Vincent Pyramid (4215m), Ludwigshöhe (4341m), Parrotspitze (4432m) and Punta Gnifetti (4556m). 

Why climb it?

The Monte Rosa Blanc is the second-highest massif in the Alps. Zumsteinspitze is a very good goal to set as you get tremendous views and can spend the night in the highest mountain hut in the Alps.

How to reach it?

Zumsteinspitze in the Monte Rosa massif can be both climbed from Swiss and Italian side, though the Italian normal route is easiest when setting Zumsteinspitze as your goal. It is best to take the cable car from Gressoney, Staffal all the way up to Punta Indren (3250m). From here you will have to walk and cross the Indren Glacier, so crampons are advised. You can spend the night in either the Mantova Hut or the Gnifetti hut.

Mountain huts

There are two hut options from the normal Italian route to climb Zumsteinspitze: Gnifetti and Mantova hut. The advantage of the Gnifetti Hut is the higher altitude and better location (closer to the mountain). Another accommodation option is the famous Capanna Regina Margherita, the highest mountain hut in Europe at 4554 meters, situated on top of Punta Gnifetti / Signalkuppe. Though acclimatization is required to spend the night here.

Weissmies, 4017m

Weissmies is a prominent mountain surrounding the famous Saas valley in the very eastern part of the Swiss Kanton Wallis, close to the Italian border. The name literally means ‘white moss’, which refers to the glaciated summit of the peak.

First ascent – The mountain was first climbed in 1855 by Jacob Christian Häuser en Peter Josef Zurbriggen.

Easiest routeThe route along the Northwest flank of Weissmies is considered the normal route on the mountain. The vicinity of the Hohsaas cableway makes it even possible for climbers to climb Weissmies along this route in a single day. However, since this would require descending in soft snow, it is recommended to spend the night in the Weissmies Hut and make an early start.

Why climb it?

Weissmies has a prominence of 1186 meter and an altitude of 4017m. The closest mountain that is higher (Lenzspitze, 4294m) is about 11 kilometers away, making Weissmies the highest peak in this part of the Alps.

How to reach it?

From the village of Saas Grund in the Saas valley, you can take the Hohsaas cable car to get higher in a short amount of time. Take the cable car ip to either Kreuzboden or Hohsaas to reach the mountain huts, located at the base of the normal route.

Also, the trails leading to Weissmies Hut or Hohsaas Hut start here as well.

Mountain huts

The Weissmieshüt is located to the west of Weissmies high above the Saas valley. It is easily reached from Saas Grund by using the cableway system up to either Kreuzboden or Hohsaas. The hut is situated at the base of the normal route up to Weissmies along the Trift glacier (NW-flank).

An alternative for the Weissmieshütte is the Hohsaas Hut. Though it is less cosy and doesn’t have the typical mountain hut “feeling” like the Weissmies hut, but it is closer to the summit (and at an higher elevation) and therefore a good alternative. 

Lagginhorn, 4010m

The Lagginhorn is only to be seperated of the Weissmies by the Lagginjoch (3499m) and is therefore located in the Wallis kanton. It might well be the only 4000 meter peak that requires no crampons or ice axe.

First ascent – The mountain was first climbed on August 26, 1856 by Johann Joseph Imseng, Franz Joseph Andenmatten, Edward Levi Ames, 3 English climbers and 3 guides .

Easiest route

The easiest route to the summit of Lagginhorn is via the West Ridge. Most of the route is a steep path in very loose scree, only to be interrupted by short sections that require a little scrambling. From the Weissmieshut, it takes about 4-5 hours to reach the summit. From Hohsaas, only 3-4 hours are required.

Why climb it?

When the summit is snow-free, no crampons or ice axe are required making this mountain a great goal for those who wish to have the mountaineering feel without having the technical experience.

How to reach it?

From the village of Saas Grund in the Walliser Saastal, you can take the cable car to Hohsaas or hike your way to Weissmies hut.

Mountain huts

The Weissmieshüt is located to the west of Weissmies high above the Saas valley. It is easily reached from Saas Grund by using the cableway system up to either Kreuzboden or Hohsaas. The hut is situated at the base of the normal route up to Weissmies along the Trift glacier (NW-flank).

An alternative for the Weissmieshütte is the Hohsaas Hut. Though it is less cosy and doesn’t have the typical mountain hut “feeling” like the Weissmies hut, but it is closer to the summit (and at an higher elevation) and therefore a good alternative. 

Allalinhorn, 4027m

The Allalinhorn is a well-known peak in the Swiss Alps. Firstly because it is one of the 82 mountains that reach above 4000 meters. Secondly because it is one of the easiest to climb 4000 meter mountains. The vicinity of the Mittelallalin top station, which drops climbers off at an altitude of almost 3500 meters, makes the climb quite similar to the Breithorn. Still, the Allalinhorn is an alpine climb and should not be undertaken lightly.

First ascent – The mountain was first climbed on August 28, 1856 by Johann Joseph Imseng, Franz Joseph Andenmatten and Edward Levi Ames.

Easiest route

The heavily ascended Normal route of the Allalinhorn is graded F+ and is one of the most climbed routes in the Alps. The route starts at the Mittelallalin top station at 3450 meters. As a result, climbers only have to deal with an altitude difference of just over 500 vertical meters to reach the summit. Though the climb is considered no more than a mere walk-up on glaciated terrain, it still has the dangers of crevasses present.

Why climb it?

The Allalinhorn is the easiest of 4000 meter peaks to climb and therefore is an great way to claim bragging rights. The summit offers views on famous peaks such as the Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Mont Blanc Massif.

How to reach it?

The starting point for the normal route on Allalinhorn is Saas Fee, also named the Pearl of the Alps. From here you can access the ski facilities to reach Mittelallalin.

Mountain huts

There are several mountain huts in the region of the Allalinhorn, however none are really needed to climb to the summit due to the vicinity of the cable car system. For those who wish to climb from the valley up, the Berghaus Langfluh (2870m) is a good option for climbing Allalinhorn along the normal route.

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