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The Grenzgipfel to the left of the Dunantspitze (formerly called Ostspitze) and the Dufourspitze (seen from Nordend)
Highest point
Elevation4,618 m (15,151 ft) [1]
Prominence15 m (49 ft)
Isolation0.1 kilometres (0.062 mi)
Parent peakDufourspitze
ListingItalian region high point
Coordinates45°56′12.3″N 7°52′04.8″E / 45.936750°N 7.868000°E / 45.936750; 7.868000Coordinates: 45°56′12.3″N 7°52′04.8″E / 45.936750°N 7.868000°E / 45.936750; 7.868000
English translationBorder Summit
Language of nameGerman
Grenzgipfel is located in Alps
Location in the Alps
LocationItalian (Piedmont) - Swiss (Valais) border
CountriesItaly and Switzerland
Parent rangePennine Alps
Topo mapSwiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
First ascent12 August 1848 by Johann Madutz and Matthias zum Taugwald.[2]

The Grenzgipfel (4,618 m)[3] (German for Border Summit) is a peak of Monte Rosa Massif (Pennine Alps), located on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

The Grenzgipfel is the highest summit on the Italian side of the Monte Rosa massif and the highest point of the entire border between Italy and Switzerland; it is also the culminating point of the Italian region of Piedmont and of the river Ticino drainage basin.

The closest locality is Macugnaga, which is located east of Monte Rosa Massif.

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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps.
  2. ^ Gottlieb Studer, Über Eis und Schnee: Die höchsten Gipfel der Schweiz und die Geschichte ihrer Besteigung, Volume 2, Schmid, Francke & Company, 1899, pp. 78-85
  3. ^ According to Collomb, the 'false Grenzgipfel' is 4,618 m, while the 'true Grenzgipfel' is 4,596 m. Collomb, Robin G., Pennine Alps Central, London: Alpine Club, 1975, p. 172

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