Lake Sils and Piz Lunghin (centre right)
|Elevation||2,780 m (9,120 ft)|
|Prominence||135 m (443 ft)|
|Parent peak||Piz Lagrev|
|Listing||List of mountains of Switzerland|
Piz Lunghin (2,780 m) is a mountain in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, located in the Albula range, overlooking the Maloja Pass. It can be considered as the "roof of Europe" as the water running off the mountain can head towards the Atlantic, Mediterranean or Black Sea.
Geography and hydrography
Piz Lunghin lies at the upper end of the Engadin (east) and Bregaglia (west) valleys. The Maloja Pass, which connects the two valleys, is located 2 km south-east from the peak. The north side of the mountain lies in the protected area Parc Ela.
The notable triple watershed is in fact located 600 metres from the summit itself, at the Lunghin Pass, at 2645 m ( ). The north-west side gives birth to a river ending in the Gelgia, a tributary of the Albula, itself a tributary of the Rhine. From the south-west side the water flows towards the Mera River in Val Bregaglia, a tributary of the Po. Finally the Inn River originates from Lägh dal Lunghin below the peak, east to the pass. The Inn is a tributary of the Danube.
- The Rhine enters the North Sea 740 km north.
- The Po enters the Adriatic Sea 275 km south-east.
- The Danube enters the Black Sea 1560 km east.
Climbing and hiking
The summit can be reached easily from the north flank via a trail starting from the Lunghin Pass. The pass connects Bivio on the north (via the Septimer Pass) to Maloja in the Engadine on the east. The shortest access is from the latter. From Maloja (1810 m) the trail follows the young Inn river and leads to the pass in a few hours of walking.
- Swisstopo maps
- In fact the triple watershed is located north of the pass itself but has almost no prominence like most other triple watersheds which are located on mountain summits. The area west of the pass is almost flat but is divided between the Rhine and Po basins.
- (English) Hiking Switzerland on Senda Segantini across Lunghin pass